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After the Fall: 25 years after Mike Tyson lost to Buster Douglas, why do we still have sympathy for the devil? All This Useless Beauty — Human Parts. The first thing I said at Joni’s funeral, while we all looked at pictures of her pasted onto a poster board, was how horrified she’d be that we were all staring at her.

All This Useless Beauty — Human Parts

This got a little laugh. But I really meant it. If Joni were a specter in the room at that moment, she would be standing by the poster board, waving people away. She’d be criticizing her hair. She’d be rolling her eyes. I Remember Your Collarbone — Human Parts. I remember your collarbone, the tiny hollow which must be the smallest satellite in the universe.

I Remember Your Collarbone — Human Parts

How I whispered intangible words in foreign languages I don’t understand, yet the meanings I knew, in a desperate plethora of I Love Yous and Je T’aimes finally giving way to ecstasy as I gripped your arms so hard it must have hurt, lips crashing and speaking, the tiny satellite on your skin marked with purple bruises of love. I remember your heavy breathing that night, when we were all tangled limbs and messy breaths, groans and sighs reaching a crescendo in our ears, when our blushing bodies were wrapped tight in an awkward embrace. I remember the way you smelled, of late nights, alcohol and cigarettes, of regret and longing and hope and trailing despair at the desperate state of affairs we found ourselves in. Even today I cannot understand why two people who loved each other could not say the three most foreign words in the world to each other. Story of R32 - short film.

Peer Pressure — Human Parts. Virginia Woolf's Handwritten Suicide Note: A Painful and Poignant Farewell (1941) Oh, Oh, Pretty Woman — Human Parts. What Bipolar Disorder Really Feels Like. About 2.6 percent of American adults -- nearly 6 million people -- have bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

What Bipolar Disorder Really Feels Like

But the disease, characterized by significant and severe mood changes, is still dangerously misunderstood. Bipolar disorder is vastly different from the normal ups and downs of everyday life, but many have co-opted the term to refer to any old change in thoughts or feelings. The mood swings in someone with bipolar disorder, sometimes also called manic depression, can damage relationships and hurt job performance. It has been estimated that anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of people with bipolar disorder attempt suicide at least once. Artist Ellen Forney detailed her diagnosis with bipolar disorder in the graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me. Wherein I Learn Bulimia Doesn’t Work, Is More Expensive Than Suspected.

Multiple Lovers, Without Jealousy. Polyamory and its surprisingly woman-friendly roots. Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Polyamory and its surprisingly woman-friendly roots.

Recently I wrote about the many problems polygamy tends to cause across the world, including high crime rates resulting from young men confined to singledom because older men are hoarding wives, and the subjugation of teenage girls forced to marry because there simply aren’t enough women to go around. With few exceptions, such as among India’s Toda people, a pastoral tribe in which one woman sometimes married several brothers, polygamy almost always expresses itself as the marriage of one man to several women. In America, polygamy is associated with fundamentalist Mormon culture, and more specifically with its domineering leader Warren Jeffs and his sexual abuse of underage girls. Libby Copeland is a writer in New York and a regular Slate contributor. She was previously a Washington Post reporter and editor for 11 years. Follow. 89.01.04: Utopian Communities, 1800-1890. There will be a certain core of information that all students are expected to know, e.g., the differences and unique qualities of three communitarian groups in the nineteenth century.

89.01.04: Utopian Communities, 1800-1890

They should be able to define and use certain core concepts that are essential to their ability to communicate with one another intelligently. A list follows: A. Core Concepts joint ownership (of property) B. Students will be applying critical thinking skills, as well as becoming conversant with the above Core Concepts. The classroom, for a major part of this unit, will be set up into several mini-communities (groups) in which students will help each other solve certain common problems (writing basic rules, choosing a leader) and anticipating others. I Worked In Child Protective Services. NOTE: This article contains descriptions of child abuse.

I Worked In Child Protective Services

I recently took a kid to this hole in the wall pizza joint where I used to take dates to impress them with my vast knowledge of the city’s underrated food. It blew his mind. He was so impressed that he took a picture of the menu. Turns out my secret restaurant knowledge works on kids, too. I Find no Peace by Sir Thomas Wyatt. I find no peace, and all my war is done.

I Find no Peace by Sir Thomas Wyatt

I fear and hope. Shannon Loses Her Baby. Jonathan Brandis. An Unlikely Ballerina. On a recent August afternoon, near Nineteenth Street, two young girls with blond hair pulled back in ponytails ran past me, one of them calling out, “Daddy, Daddy, I just saw Misty Copeland!”

An Unlikely Ballerina

The tone of voice might as well have been used to announce a sighting of Katy Perry, or Snow White. A few steps later, I entered the tiny lobby of a building on Broadway, where an old electric fan was not quite keeping the doorman cool. A caged elevator took me up to the third floor, where I passed through a low-ceilinged hallway crowded with unlabelled posters of ballet greats, until I reached an expansive fluorescent-lit room with two walls of slightly warped mirrors and air-conditioning units sealed into the windows with black electrical tape. The American Ballet Theatre soloists Misty Copeland and Alexandre Hammoudi were rehearsing the pas de deux from Act II of “Swan Lake,” the scene in which we first meet Odette; an evil sorcerer’s spell has left her a swan by day and a human by night. The Sadness of T-Pain. Rappers are supposed to be immune to hate.

The Sadness of T-Pain

Even Drake, who is famously unafraid to appear sensitive and vulnerable in his songs, never wavers on this: haters are losers who do not deserve his attention. “Got one reply for all of your comments: fuck what you think,” as he put it on last year’s “Tuscan Leather.” The Bold Italic is Looking for Writers. Porn Stars and Evolutionary Psychology. Jenna Jameson, considered the world's most famous porn actress. © Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.

Porn Stars and Evolutionary Psychology

Past research into individuals in the porn industry has been difficult to conduct due to the great difficulty of accessing participants who were willing to talk to the researchers. The industry apparently tends to be a rather closed and secretive world and performers tend to keep to themselves, perhaps due to the social stigma attached to their work. One of the researchers in the recent studies, Sharon Mitchell, actually works in the industry and also founded a medical foundation that provides STD testing for pornography performers. Participants in these studies were therefore recruited through a clinic that provides such testing. The Personalities of Porn Stars. Notable porn stars: Riley Steele, Stoya, BiBi Jones, Kayden Kross, and Jesse Jane © Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital. In my previous article, I argued that porn stars are probably high in a characteristic known as sociosexuality.

Sociosexuality refers to a person’s willingness to engage in sexual relations outside of a committed relationship and their interest in having a variety of sexual partners. This argument was based on the fact that both male (Griffith, Mitchell, Hammond, Gu, & Hart, 2012) and female performers (Griffith, Mitchell, Hart, Adams, & Gu, 2012) reported very high numbers of sex partners in their private lives, separately from their film work, as well as very high ratings of enjoyment of sex itself. A number of research studies have looked at how sociosexuality and sexual promiscuity are related to personality traits. Other research has found that people who have more sexual partners also tend to have higher self-esteem, especially if they are men (Walsh, 1991). What I Learned When I Posed for ‘Playgirl’ — @ Medium. Everyone's lives can be expressed as a vast web... - Annelise's Notebooks. Running away from home has tremendous romantic... - Annelise's Notebooks.

American Summer: Before Air-Conditioning. Exactly what year it was I can no longer recall—probably 1927 or ’28—there was an extraordinarily hot September, which hung on even after school had started and we were back from our Rockaway Beach bungalow. Every window in New York was open, and on the streets venders manning little carts chopped ice and sprinkled colored sugar over mounds of it for a couple of pennies. We kids would jump onto the back steps of the slow-moving, horse-drawn ice wagons and steal a chip or two; the ice smelled vaguely of manure but cooled palm and tongue. (1) This isn't something that I can see myself... - Annelise's Notebooks. My "Naked" Truth  Naked, I stood at the closet doors with the lights on and made myself ready. I took a deep breath and positioned the mirrors so I could see all of me. I consciously worked to remove my self-believed inner image. I opened my eyes and looked very carefully at my body. And my heart lurched at the truth: I am not a young woman anymore.

I am a woman well-lived. I am a 59-year-old woman in great health and in good physical shape. French, Métis, and Illegal — Human Parts. Trigger Warning: Breakfast — The Nib  Brenda Ann Kenneally documents life below the poverty line in Troy, York in her documentary project, Upstate Girls. Brenda Ann Kenneally Brenda Ann Kenneally takes photographs, but to call her a photographer isn’t quite accurate. She prefers the term “digital folk artist,” and when you hear how she interacts with her subjects—families living below the poverty line in Troy, New York—and tells their stories, it seems an apt description.

How to Make a Family Portrait — Matter. Heroin in the Foothills — Human Parts. We Don’t Have to Do Anything — Human Parts. I’m A Grown Woman, I Can Do Whatever I Want — Human Parts.