If weeks can have theme music, this one was set to the tune of Fleetwood Mac. I listened to “Gypsy” dozens of times, imagining it playing over a scene from the movie version of my life. What songs do this to you?
The People Who Eat the Same Meal Every Day
“Depending on the context, eating the same thing every day can come off as a moderately charming quirk, an indictment of one’s lack of creativity, or a signal of professional focus and drive.
Whatever the symbolism, these people’s behavior is not doing them harm. Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition and food studies at New York University and the author of several books about nutrition and the food industry, says the consequences of eating the same lunch every day depend on the contents of that lunch and of the day’s other meals. ‘If your daily lunch contains a variety of healthful foods,’ she says, ‘relax and enjoy it.’”
There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Real’ Woman
Something I have thought about—and been troubled by—for years now: “If only some women can be categorized as “real,” what becomes of the women outside those boundaries?”
Even for the brands that market to “real” women with more sizes, the result is still pretty clear. These ads wrest the mantle of cultural approval from one subset of women and bestow it on another, a transfer of power that will hopefully be met with grateful sales dollars. In doing so, the campaigns validate one set of people as the truest to a nonsensical concept. For “real women” to be a useful idea, people have to grant that it’s possible for a person’s womanhood to be fraudulent. You can remove digital retouching, but there is no objectively correct way to depict a woman in a photo, or for a woman to present herself in real life.”
Bikram Choudhury’s fitness revolution brought a yoga boom to America. But his guru status enabled increasingly dark behavior. Julia Lowrie Henderson, a former Bikram devotee, delves deep into the complicated, cult-like world of Bikram Yoga.
If you haven’t seen the first season of The OA, drop everything and go watch it (on Netflix). It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen—fantastical, suspenseful, moving, and, well, kind of strange. It’s the kind of show that keeps you on the edge of your seat—an epic ride the whole way through. I’m halfway through the second season now and I’m already sad that it’ll be over soon.
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