HELLO and welcome to the 332nd installment of Issues I Learn That I Love, whereby I share with you a few of the longer-form journalism/essays I’ve learn not too long ago with the intention to know extra about Branson! This “column” is much less queer targeted than the remainder of the positioning as a result of when one thing is queer targeted, I put it on the remainder of the positioning. Right here is the place the opposite issues are.
The title of this characteristic is impressed by the title of Emily Gould’s tumblr, Issues I Ate That I Love.
Who Walks At all times Beside You?, by Benjamin Hale for Harper’s, August 2023
This story begins with a 6-year-old woman disappearing within the Arkansas Ozarks, and the woman is the cousin of the creator, and he tells this story — and one other one, in a while, a few homicide of a younger woman by a really small “cult” within the Seventies in that very same space — like probably the most fascinating stranger you’ve ever met, simply one thing about it was exhausting to place down.
We Are All Animals at Night time, by Lana Corridor for Hazlitt, July 2023
As a former therapeutic massage parlor employee it’s uncommon to discover a piece chatting with that have — or the same one, I ought to say, as a result of there are a lot of variations within the form of work I did and this author did. However she so deftly captures the spirit of the factor:
It defies logic that any a part of me longs for the precarious earnings and lengthy hours of therapeutic massage parlour work, the exhaustive degree of bodily and emotional intimacy required, the disgrace that grew exponentially the farther away I slipped from what was as soon as a promising journalism profession. I do, nonetheless, know I miss the group it gave me membership to, the pack we inadvertently travelled in. I miss the silent language we developed, the best way nothing was requested of me by different evening shift staff, the sense that I used to be sufficient simply by displaying up.
The Battle for the Soul of Purchase Nothing, by Vauhini Vara for Wired, February 2023
An idealistic group of people seeking to waste much less and share extra started on Fb — however when it tried to interrupt away from the platform and exist by itself impartial app, realized rapidly how a lot more durable it’s to have the individuals who love the factor run the factor than it was to simply let it exist squarely inside the dystopian impersonal tech behemoth that no one anticipated to be any higher than precisely what it was.
Influencers Constructed Up This Wellness Startup—Till They Began Getting Sick, by Courtney Rubin and Priya Anand for Bloomberg, July 2023
Principally I’m amazed by how many individuals apparently adored the meals from this specific meal service, I didn’t have the same expertise. However i suppose that in a method, I used to be blessed by that as a result of it meant I didn’t get poisoned by the lentils.
A Mountain Known as Her Dwelling, by Svati Kirsten Narula for Outdoors Journal, January 2023
Nanda Devi Unsoeld died when making an attempt to climb the large Indian peak that she’d been named for by her mom and father, legendary alpinist Willi Unsoled, a part of a controversial journey marred from inception with rifts and disagreements concerning the ethics and security of creating the ascent.
The Ken Doll Reboot: Beefy, Cornrowed, and Pan-Racial, by Caity Weaver for GQ, June 20 2017
It’s truly fascinating how a lot of Caity’s description of Ken right here is cheeky and pointed in the very same method that the film dealt with Ken. Like she calls him “Simply Ken”! And talks about how Ken was being reimagined, then, as a result of Mattel was dropping market share, and so on. Anyhow AS USUAL all the things she’s ever written is hilarious and excellent. Anyhow, bear in mind the Ken Doll reboot???
Ken is the fastidiously calibrated superb complement to Barbie—a clean, smiling man who doesn’t threaten the stardom of probably the most clever, proficient, rappin’ rockin’ princess astronaut in all of Malibu. Ken is “good,” the members of the Barbie workforce will inform me again and again once I ask them to explain a doll’s persona: “a pleasant man”; “a strong dude”; and, most damningly: “I image him form of Ryan Seacrest-y.”
Dinner Theater and Loathing in Baptist Vegas, by Amy McCarthy for Eater, August 2, 2023
Firstly why is Dolly Parton permitting the present described on this piece to occur, I’ve questions! Secondly as a scholar of themed leisure, I’ve all the time been intrigued by Branson and its designation as like a Christian Orlando?
‘The place Is Britney Spears?’, by Rebecca Jennings for The Minimize, August 2023
“After her conservatorship ended, a few of her fandom latched on to a brand new idea: What if she had by no means been freed in any respect?”