Media moves really fast. And (apologies for the cliché), if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss some really great pieces.
Below are my picks of the week. Enjoy!
Being and Frumpiness, New York Times Style Magazine
Last week, Knopf published a new translation of “The Second Sex,” Simone de Beauvoir’s feminist masterpiece . . . This latest translation got us thinking about de Beauvoir’s accidental style statements — about her whole amazing, intellectual frump thing. Digging into the New York Times photo morgue, we’ve come up with what must be the world’s first “Simone de Beauvoir Look-Book.” Which is nothing if not reductionist and superficial.
407: The Bridge, This American Life
I first met Patrick three years ago, sleeping in a cardboard box … Considering his circumstances, what was surprising wasn’t so much that he ended up living in a box under a bridge, but how he had come to be right there, precisely. His probation officer, he said, had ordered him to live there.
China’s Arranged Remarriages, New York Times Magazine
So staggering was the scale of destruction unleashed by the Sichuan earthquake that, much like the Haitian quake in January, its horror was often reduced to a series of statistics: more than 87,000 dead or missing, nearly 400,000 injured, upward of five million homeless …
Looming over the physical reconstruction, however, has been another question: How can society rebuild? In China, one answer has been to pair grieving men and women to create instant families that will help ensure social and economic stability.
Covering ‘Tainted Justice’ and Winning a Pulitzer, Fresh Air
GROSS: So after you broke this story, there were threats against you, a lot of nasty things said, press conferences, threats to sue you?
Ms. RUDERMAN: Oh, yeah.
Ms. LAKER: Yeah. We had that early on, one attorney told us if we ran the first story, he would sue us and close the paper. I mean, we had a lot of threats like that, but Wendy and I really believed in this story.
Jenny Shimizu and Susi Kenna, Style Like U
The first time I saw myself as a model was when my friends woke me up at four in the morning and took me to Times Square. I saw the Banana Republic billboard that I shot with Bruce Weber. There was just a picture of my face, and underneath, it said ‘American Beauty.’ It still makes me have the chills. Never in my life did I think that I was beautiful.”
(Simone de Beauvoir photo by Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Getty Images, China photo by Wang Gang for The New York Times, Style Like U photo by Stylelikeu.com)