One of the most popular shows in television, Judge Judy, is now in its 19th year and Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza examines why Judith Sheindlin, who earns an annual salary of $47 million, is so beloved and how the show is produced at Pacific Stardard:
In New York magazine, Joe Coscarelli looks at a digital art project by Justin Blinder which uses Google Street View “to highlight the changing landscape of various neighborhoods throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.” Coscarelli also links to a recent story by Justin Davidson: “Is Gentrification All Bad?”
Mercer’s annual survey of the top cities according to quality of living is out and the top five cities are as follows.
Beloved short story writer and Canadian ex-pat Mavis Gallant died on Tuesday at 91, at her home in Paris.
Mavis left her job as a journalist and moved to Paris to write when she was 28 years old. She published her first short story in the New Yorker when she was 29, and then traveled around Europe writing fiction. Word is, though, she always dreamed of being a pregnant blogger who was rejected from all the MFA programs she applied to. I know! I was as surprised as you are.
In Spain, siestas are a way of life—lunch is followed by a nap before returning to the workday. But since there isn’t a set 9-to-5 schedule, this also means that workdays often extend into the night. Now, as the Times reports, Spain is still recovering from an economic crisis, and the Spanish government is campaigning to get the country on a schedule more closely aligned with the rest of Europe, arguing that it’ll make the country more productive.
Yet what might sound logical to many non-Spaniards would represent a fundamental change to Spanish life. For decades, many Spaniards have taken a long midday siesta break for lunch and a nap. Under a new schedule, that would be truncated to an hour or less. Television programs would be scheduled an hour earlier. And the elastic Spanish working day would be replaced by something closer to a 9-to-5 timetable.
Underpinning the proposed changes is a recommendation to change time itself by turning back the clocks an hour, which would move Spain out of the time zone that includes France, Germany and Italy. Instead, Spain would join its natural geographical slot with Portugal and Britain in Coordinated Universal Time, the modern successor to Greenwich Mean Time.
“We want to see a more efficient culture,” said Ignacio Buqueras, the most outspoken advocate of changing the Spanish schedule. “Spain has to break the bad habits it has accumulated over the past 40 or 50 years.”
For many Spaniards, getting the country on a more common schedule will be like messing with the fabric of their culture—the land of the 10 p.m. dinner; the land where the bars are dead until the early hours of the morning. Says one citizen:
“Reduce lunchtime?” he said. “No, I’m completely against that. It is one thing to eat. It is another thing to nourish oneself. Our culture and customs are our way of living.”
Photo: Laspernas Despuntu
How many mittens have you lost in your lifetime? How many mittens have you found? There is a site that exists called ifoundyourmitten that maps lost mittens whenever someone comes across a mitten and tags it on Instagram. There is a miniscule chance that anyone who loses a mitten would find it on this site and be later reunited with it, which makes this more whimsical than utilitarian, but if anyone finds a gray, fingerless mitten from the Gap out there let me know.
Have you ever been part of the one percent? The one percent, that is, of battery life that shows up on your phone right in the middle of an important phone call, or while you’re looking up directions to a friend’s place and don’t know where you are.
Frank Wheeler was born just after World War I, served during World War II, and at 95 is the oldest paperboy in America. He has no patience for young people.
Alert: the current issue of Pacific Standard includes a thoughtful piece about millennials and diversity from beloved journalist Michael Dang (!). In “This Millennial Story is Different” Mike points out that when we’re talking about a generation that is, according to a Pew Research Report, “the most ethnically and racially diverse cohort of youth in the nation’s history,” it’s ridiculous to keep on coming back to the same old broad-sweeping narrative.
Instead, I’d like to point to this report by Reuters via Digg about a trend in South Korea called “gastronomic voyeurism.” The young woman in the video earns $9,000 a month eating in front of a webcam for three hours a day and chatting with strangers. My stars.
In the new issue of Harper’s Jesse Barron examines the romance genre, which has been little-loved by the literary world which has had a tendency to embrace books by straight white male writers (recall David Gilmour telling Emily Keeler, “I’m not interested in teaching books by women”). The story is behind a paywall, but Barron has a really great post up you can read talking about how romance writers don’t care about how they viewed because they’re making tons of money and inverting the model.
A Twitter account called Amazing Maps, put together a map of Google autocompletes for “Why is [state] so …?” and listed what word came first. Lots of states were “cold” here are some of the money related ones:
The more awards she gave out, the more Cheevy noticed that male graduate students had a tendency to ask for more money while women “made very modest requests that did not cover their full travel expenses.”