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Four Magazines You Should Start Reading in 2K15. We Need to Make It Easier (and Safer) to Talk About Suicide | The Coveted® When the news about Robin Williams broke, it felt like someone punched me in the stomach. While I was deeply saddened to hear of his death, and that he committed suicide, I was not shocked. I did see him in real life once, in 2006, and while I can’t disclose the details of where I saw him, I can say that he appeared to be going through a very rough time. I remember thinking that he too was as fragile as any human, and how hard it must be to go through difficulties when everyone expects you to be on top of the world. “My conscious was like, “Did you just say ‘Fuck life?’” ~Robin Williams Yesterday, I listened to Marc Maron’s 2010 interview with Robin Williams, where Williams talked about the time he thought about suicide: Maron: Before you had the heart problem, you don’t seem to be someone who is morbidly fascinated with death… Williams: No.

I highly recommend listening to the whole podcast, the conversation between Maron and Williams is just so real and uncontrived. What happens when an elite American university kills grade inflation - Quartz. Grade inflation is endemic at American colleges and universities. The most common grade at Harvard, for example, is a straight A, according to its student newspaper. The distortion has the potential to make high marks mean less, give bad information to degree programs and employers on student performance, and distort how people choose their majors. Those concerns prompted three professors at Wellesley College, a private women’s college near Boston, to study the effects of capping grade inflation for most classes at the school in a paper recently published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

The policy led to a significant reduction in the typical gap in grades between science and math majors and those in the humanities and social sciences. Students were about 14% less likely to get an A in departments that had to change their grade distribution to fit the new cap. Before the policy, nearly 30% of students in those departments received As. And here’s the effect on grades over time: My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor - Joseph Williams. After veteran reporter Joseph Williams lost his job, he found employment in a sporting-goods store. In a personal essay, he recalls his struggles with challenges millions of Americans return to day after day. Reuters My plunge into poverty happened in an instant. I never saw it coming. Then again, there was no reason to feel particularly vulnerable. Two years ago, I was a political reporter at Politico, and I spent my days covering the back-and-forth of presidential politics.

On June 21, 2012, I was invited to discuss race, Republican candidate Mitt Romney, and the 2012 presidential election on MSNBC. “Romney is very, very comfortable, it seems, with people who are like him. The political Internet exploded. Five months earlier my ex-wife and I had a fight. That’s how I found myself working a retail job at a sporting goods store—the only steady job I could find after six months of unemployment in a down economy and a news industry in upheaval. Walk out immediately, it demanded. Ever. The complete guide to working out before work.

Life inevitably gets in the way of your gym date. That’s why people who exercise in the morning are more likely to stick with it, Barbara Brehm, a professor of exercise and sport studies at Smith College in Massachusetts and author of the recently released textbook, Psychology of Health and Fitness, told Quartz. “It’s because they get it out of the way first thing. They haven’t been exposed to a whole day of draining activity and stress, which can leave you feeling pretty depleted by the end of the day.”

Some studies even suggest that working out before breakfast can have some fat-blasting, muscle-building, and disease-preventing benefits. Prepare for success Start by scheduling your morning workouts just like you would a doctor’s appointment or office meeting. The next step, Brehm says, is to adjust your sleep habits to suit your new schedule. But before dozing off for the night, eliminate any barriers between you and the door come morning. Make getting up your warm-up. How to Trick Your Kids Into Reading All Summer Long - Daniel Willingham.

Don't bother taking away the iPad or setting minimum page counts. Instead, find sneaky ways to leave your children alone with books—and then see what happens. As the school year ends, students’ thoughts turn to summer vacation staples like swimming, camp, and popsicles. Teachers—and most parents—would like them to think about reading, too. School and district officials offer summer reading lists, hoping that specific recommendations will move students away from video games and toward books. But most will ignore these worthy suggestions, and indeed will read very little. How can parents nudge kids toward books this summer? The natural strategies most parents would think of first should not be the ones they actually try first. An alternative is to change your home so that reading is the most appealing activity available when your child is looking for something to do. It’s natural to blame digital devices as the reason kids don’t read, and they do soak up a lot of time.

Punching Gloria Steinem: inside the bizarre world of anti-feminist women | Jessica Valenti. Every so often, one woman engages with me on Twitter who is against women's suffrage. That's right - she believes women shouldn't have the right to vote. I always hoped it was a fake account, but no - this anti-suffrage enthusiast runs a blog where she writes about religion alongside recipes. It seems the only thing we have in common is a love of beets. When men are against feminism, it's frustrating, if ultimately predictable - groups with power have always been loathe to give it up. But when women come out against gender justice, it feels worse: no matter how fringe, the rise of the anti-feminist woman is not just baffling but a betrayal. Obviously "women" aren't a monolith, and neither are the issues that they care about or believe in. Last week, for example, the US supreme court's Hobby Lobby decision left most women's groups livid.

Remind me: Who are the man-haters again? Así era el Miguel Noguera francés del siglo pasado. Tropezar y empezar de nuevo. Dar dos pasos, caer en la misma huella, y volver a empezar de nuevo. Muchos episodios de la vida son eso: una repetición de errores, un volver a beber de las mismas aguas que nos envenenaron. Y no aprendemos. Es como si hubiera algo magnético en esas fuentes de dolor transitorio. Como si, mas allá de lo que pueda sugerir la razón, precisáramos físicamente de esos varapalos cada cierto tiempo. Quizás por ver en ellos una promesa de renovación. O simplemente una posibilidad de emoción. En 1960, Roland Topor se estrenó en el ámbito editorial con Les Masochistes, un pequeño librillo que explora a base de ilustraciones esa idea del hombre como ser que, de manera inexplicable, tiende a forzar situaciones que le causan daño. Topor se afanó a lo largo de su obra por hacer explícitas situaciones en las que se manifiestan las actitudes crueles y el sadismo del ser humano.

Moda masculina española: Ficción o realidad. La moda masculina es el único segmento dentro de la industria de la confección que crece de manera imparable en volumen de ventas, y la creatividad no le va a la zaga. Muchos son los talentos que han deslumbrado en esta última edición de París, pero antes también gritaron los sastres en Milán e incluso unos días antes desde Londres. ¿Y en España? En España mientras tanto los conatos de pasarelas exclusivamente masculinas se resumen en eventos donde un compendio de marcas comerciales reconocibles muestran sus colecciones al amparo de multinacionales. ¿Qué está pasando? Fuera de las fronteras de España, a unos kilómetros de los Pirineos, se presentaba hace escasamente una semana las propuestas de las casas de moda de París. Hedi Slimane fue el más polémico, como viene siendo habitual, pero no fue el único que destacó. ¿Y en España? Georgina Vendrell no es precisamente nueva pero sí lo es su propuesta para la próxima primavera verano 2015.

Entonces, ¿dónde queda España? Shelving to Save a Book's Life - Susan Coll. So many worthy titles never get a chance to find an audience. What's a conscientious reader to do? The rules of shelving can seem arbitrary, even arcane, but the fundamentals are easy to learn: two hard covers, and no more than three paperbacks of the same title, on each shelf. The exception is the face-out. If the jacket is displayed horizontally, behind it you can stack as many books as can fit. Turning a book face out is an act of tremendous power, or so it feels when you are working at an independent bookstore at a moment that has major chains shrinking and Amazon wreaking havoc with publishing’s already fragile ecosystem. You can also show a little love to an obscure mid-list paperback you just discovered suffocating between two behemoth hardcovers—simply because it feels like the right thing to do. Shelving is not part of my job, but it is one of my favorite things to do.

Save one life save the world, instructs the Talmud, a book we may or may not carry. I read books. Does that make me a nerd? | Children's books. This morning, I had one of the most extraordinary and exciting moments of my life. I interviewed Michael Morpurgo. And now, I'm sitting here and typing away in the Guardian offices, where I have been allowed to spend the day. For any young reader or writer, this is the absolute dream. So why have I told none of my friends, none of my teachers about what I'm doing today? Why have I kept potentially one of the most inspiring days of my life a secret? Because, quite simply, it's not considered 'cool.' I would consider myself a normal teenager. The world has changed dramatically in the last hundred, fifty or even twenty years. Perhaps my mistake was in Year Seven. Everything changed when someone asked me and a friend, when we told her we were having a sleepover, if we wrote poetry and discussed our favourite books at our sleepovers.

But why is being a nerd such a bad thing? Yes, cleaners do a dirty job. But we don't deserve rubbish wages | Christine Wagland. This week, Tony Abbott talked about my job in parliament – he talked about cleaners. I am proud of my work and of my contribution to our society and our economy. So it would be great to be able say that our prime minister respects and appreciates us for our work.

Sadly, I can't say that. Abbott was defending the indefensible: his government’s decision to dump the Commonwealth cleaning services guidelines. For the past 30 years, I’ve been a government contract cleaner. I’ve seen enough in my 30 years in the industry to know contract cleaning is itself a dirty industry – a magnet for shonky operators happy to exploit workers.

But don’t take my word for it. That’s why for as long as I can remember, we have fought for recognition of cleaners. We worked hard to convince the previous government to take responsibility for the jobs done in the name of the government. But Tony Abbott and Eric Abetz think the guidelines are counter-productive red tape. Nobody's Son. I lost my father this past year, and the word feels right because I keep looking for him. As if he were misplaced. As if he could just turn up, like a sock or a set of keys. It’s not unusual. In fact, nothing about his death, or my grief, is unusual; there’s no news here—nothing remotely tragic. I know what tragic is: eight days before my father died, a skinny young man walked into an elementary school fifteen minutes from where I live and killed twenty children, something so outrageous that the laws of physics should have stuttered in sympathy, the thrown rock cleared the horizon, the bouncing ball kept bouncing forever.

My father’s death was not in that universe of things. Except that he was my father. I have other loves in my life that are greater. I can’t look at his picture yet. It’s an odd, slightly ghostly predicament. What am I supposed to do with this nest of thorns? It’s interesting how unsteady a process grief is; the conveyer belt taking me away from him shudders and stalls. Masters of Love - Emily Esfahani Smith. Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say “I do,” committing to a lifelong relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry them forward to their final days on this earth. Except, of course, it doesn’t work out that way for most people. The majority of marriages fail, either ending in divorce and separation or devolving into bitterness and dysfunction.

Of all the people who get married, only three in ten remain in healthy, happy marriages, as psychologist Ty Tashiro points out in his book The Science of Happily Ever After, which was published earlier this year. Social scientists first started studying marriages by observing them in action in the 1970s in response to a crisis: Married couples were divorcing at unprecedented rates. Psychologist John Gottman was one of those researchers. From the data they gathered, Gottman separated the couples into two major groups: the masters and the disasters. The Creative Class | Eva Chen, Editor. NEW YORK, United States — “Everyone has that one friend who knows everyone and knows the coolest places to go or the best eyebrow waxer. I want that to be Lucky,” Eva Chen, the recently installed editor-in-chief, says of her vision for the publication. “I want it to be the approachable, cool fashion magazine.” Chen’s appointment, announced in mid-June, marks the quick ascension of a newcomer to the editor-in-chief ranks.

Indeed, Chen, 33, is the youngest editor-in-chief at a major American fashion magazine by more than a decade and the first digital native to rise to the position. Chen has upwards of 50,000 Twitter followers, 59,000 Instagram followers, and Tumblr posts that regularly receive hundreds of notes. She is also the first Asian-American to top the masthead of a Condé Nast magazine. Her work at Lucky is cut out for her, however. Blake Lively on the cover of Lucky’s September 2013 issue Chen grew up in New York, but “never really thought of fashion as a career.

We are losing the art of reading | Andy Miller. ‘Although we love to argue about books, acquire them, express strong opinions about them, etc, etc, more than ever we seem to be losing the knack of reading them.’ Photograph: CBW /Alamy It has already been quite a year for lovers of book-blah. This spring, storm clouds have gathered and then broken over a succession of literary teacups. Does the publishing of gender-specific books demean our children? Should one build an English A-level around Russell Brand interview excerpts and tweets from Caitlin Moran? The passage of these squalls is predictable. I find these debates about reading as enjoyably incensing as anyone – and, just to be clear, I deplore the restrictions placed on prisoners' access to books, which seems less of a storm in a teacup and more of a violation of basic human rights. The fact is that when reading a book there is no substitute for reading a book. In a New York Times blog, Karl Taro Greenfield talked about "faking cultural literacy".

Reading is a broad church. How I Became an Unfair Teacher - Ben Orlin. Why You Hate Work. 'Empathetically Correct' Is the New Politically Correct - Karen Swallow Prior. How Supportive Parenting Protects the Brain - Olga Khazan. Taking Paternity Leave Makes Other Dads More Likely to Do the Same - Joe Pinsker. Why Some People Get Enraged When Women Have Sex -- Science of Us. A Chic French Beauty Editor Shares Her Secrets. Everyone Was an Artist in Kindergarten - James Hamblin. Letter from the Archive: Nora Ephron’s Apartment - The New Yorker. Locked (The Alpha Group Trilogy #1) eBook: Maya Cross: Kindle Store.

How cultures around the world think about parenting. Living With Less - Rebecca J. Rosen. Headteacher's tender note to her pupils goes viral. Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design. Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design. This Widow's 4 Kids Were Taken After She Left Them Home Alone - Conor Friedersdorf. El día que me colé en una peli porno ARTICULOS MUSICA. Thandie Newton: 'I needed to play someone who doesn't fit a stereotype' | Culture | The Observer. Més de 70.000 persones ja han completat el test dialectal de l'ARA. Women like sex. Stop making 'health' excuses for why we use birth control | Jessica Valenti. The Mortality of Paper - ​Elizabeth Yale. The French Do Buy Books. Real Books. Facebook Has All the Power - Julie Posetti. Study: Coping Poorly With Stress Means Worse Sleep - Julie Beck. ¿Son fáciles las humanidades?

Why Every City Needs a Labyrinth. Hair Salon Etiquette - Haircolor Tips. UK needs four-day week to combat stress, says top doctor | Society. La homofobia en la industria de los modelos. How Emily Gould Published a Novel, Lost Her Job, and Provoked Lena Dunham. In 1 Week. Vencer la ansiedad. 'Economicism,' n.: The Intrusion of Economics Into Everything Else - Megan Garber. What Jobs Do People Find Most Meaningful? - Rebecca J. Rosen. The Romantic Power of Music - ​Cody C. Delistraty. Study: An Intellectual Life Could Protect Against Dementia - Julie Beck. Dafoe and Baryshnikov on Acting Together at BAM -- Vulture. Lone Wolf » Why Being Beautiful is Totally Overrated » Lone Wolf. Want a Good Night’s Sleep? Make a Plan. Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Think Paid Family Leave Is Possible—Yet - Tanya Basu.