“ Blogging has mutated into simpler forms (specifically, link- and mob- and aud- and vid- variant), but I don’t think I’ve seen a blog like Chris Neukirchen’s Anarchaia, which fudges together a bunch of disparate forms of citation (links, quotes, flickrings) into a very long and narrow and distracted tumblelog.” —Tumblelog - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
At 67, Hochschild has noticed the way these treatments have gone from being “a luxury to a tentative necessity; it’s a redefinition of needs.” And she wonders aloud about what all this means. “Are we subtracting intimacy from other areas of life, in order to get it in this controlled and titrated, professionalized way?” asks Hochschild. “Is there a subtraction, as well as an addition? That would be the question I would ask. Are the women who go to salons just not getting it anywhere, in which case, they’re getting it here? I think we all need a kind of a connection, we need to be touched. But that we’re getting touched for money, in a medicalized, spiritualized way, seems to me something as a culture we could be thinking about. I don’t want to go the route of moralizing this; I think it’s good to be touched, to relax, to be stress free. But it does seem like a symptom that something’s amiss that people actually pay for this.”
—An Inside Look at the Spa Industry — New York Magazine
Why can’t women have their own whores?
Spring Jinxes …friend invite:
We select people for Toronto’s most exclusive event. If you received a friend request you have been selected to receive a future invitation.
Gathering held on the eve of a full moon. This evening, consisting of the regions most elite, is strictly by invitation only. Location and required access details are provided one hour before the event is held, on the eve of a full moon. Black Tie attire is required for all men, including a mask and cloak. Women must wear a mask at all times as well, with appropriate evening wear.
…the other girls all have profile pictures of long blonde hair, nakedness and holding beer….
Nazi archives finally made public: The records are unlikely to change the general knowledge of the Holocaust and the Nazi era, probably the most intensely researched 12-year period of the 20th century.
But its depth of detail and original documentation will add texture and detail to history’s worst genocide, and is likely to fuel a revival of academic interest in the Holocaust.” —Nazi archives finally made public-
Economists and bureaucrats who ventured out into the countryside after the Revolution were horrified to find that the work force disappeared between fall and spring. The fields were deserted from Flanders to Provence. Villages and even small towns were silent, with barely a column of smoke to reveal a human presence. As soon as the weather turned cold, people all over France shut themselves away and practiced the forgotten art of doing nothing at all for months on end.” —The Big Sleep - New York Times