When I’ve been thinking about why clothing is weirdly so revealing, I think about being in my 20s, when I used to go to a lot of nude hot springs in Northern California. You would hang out with all these people in these hot springs all day long. You’d meet people naked, and you’d talk to them all day. It was strangely very comfortable; there was nothing awkward about it. What was awkward was to see people in their clothes after you’d been with them naked. Somehow, these people were revealing so much more about themselves by having clothes on. Suddenly you start to categorize them. You’re learning more about their identities, or at least how they want to present themselves to the world, and that tells you so much more about people than just their naked bodies. — I spoke with Heidi Julavits about her new project, “Women in Clothes,” with Leanne Shapton and Sheila Heti.
CURRIED EGG SCRAMBLE
Pen & Palate has a Tumblr now.
“I’m here to help people who want to learn how to skate, and to make a living. I sometimes compare teaching figure skating to being a taxi driver. When you’re in a taxi, the meter is always running, and when you’re on the ice teaching skating, the meter is always running. You get paid by the hour. So it’s a little different than most people think. They’re always saying, ‘Oh, you do this for the great love of it,’ and ‘Oh, isn’t it wonderful that you devote your life giving all your time to these children.’ Well, it’s not exactly like that. It’s a business. If I have the time to sell, I sell. In other words, get into my taxi and I’ll drive you.”
- One of the many amazing Frank Carroll quotes for which I didn’t have space in my story.
Image by Jim Cooke.
"I loved skating because it meant I could literally fly. Was it really necessary that I be wearing a glittery spandex leotard while I did it? Couldn’t I just barrel down the ice in my tapered mom jeans, frizzy hair flying in the wind?”
- I wrote about my lifelong obsession with Tonya Harding.
Lost in Argentina, 2004.
(Obviously I have just rediscovered an amazing old Shutterfly account I’d totally forgotten about.)
Thanksgiving Tamales; Art by Tram Nguyen
Who's profiting off the school to prison pipeline? -
Because kids certainly aren’t
My thing for The Week.
The thing Philly teachers were worried would happen appears to have happened -
When I was researching this piece about the Philly public school crisis, I asked Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the school district, what would happen if a child experienced a medical emergency on a day when there was no nurse present at his or her school. He said that in that situation, “the first thing to do is call 911 with a nurse or without a nurse — nurses are not there to handle that kind of emergency.”
But what if teachers — who by the way are not required to have advanced medical training! — do not recognize a medical emergency when they see it? That’s what appears to have happened recently when a child complained to her teacher that she was feeling ill. There was no nurse on the premises. The child died.
Did you know Dana Brody lives in Bed-Stuy now?