Snacking Habits of the Post-Millennial

There is a lot to love about this Venessa Wong piece in Businessweek. "Generation Z," first of all. What happens after them? I mean I know climate change is real and happening and we're screwed, but WE HAVE RUN OUT LETTERS. Someone really should have planned ahead with this.

The Downsides of Trying to Retire ‘Inside of Your Screensaver’

Suzanne McGee has lived in six continents on three continents, and understands the allure of wanting to jump on a plane, head south, and never turn back -- especially when it looks like you might not be able to retire until you're 125. Imagine! Living in some cheap place for $25,000-ish a year and never enduring another winter like this one again. I certainly spend every January swearing up and down I will do this some day soon. But of course there are downsides -- cultural differences, complicated visas, leaving behind friends and family who you'll have to pay a lot of money to go visit. Also these more practical challenges I hadn't thought of:

Is the Debt Ceiling Prepper Christmas?

I love a prepper update, and today Mother Jones’s Tim Murphy takes to the prepper boards to see if they have anything to say about the shutdown and the debt ceiling. They do! (A TIP: “Learn to use a firearm and have ammunition on hand to defend yourself when the masses start fighting for whatever resources remain.”)


Scott Simon is with his mother in an ICU in Chicago. She is dying. He is sharing some thoughts. It's really beautiful. ("Her passing might come any moment, or in an hour, or not for a day. Nurses saying hearing is last sense to go so I sing & joke.")

The Fate Of The Knowledge Worker

Marthine Satris has a very on-point essay up on the Millions today, called "Collared or Untied: Reflections on Work in American Culture." She talks about the creation of the white-collar "knowledge worker" and its place in everything from Portlandia to Dickens, then looks at two new books about work: Biz Stone's memoir, the title of which I am too embarrassed to copy and paste, and Nikil Saval's Cubed. Love you, Marthine.

On Being a Grown Woman

Artist Molly Crabapple writes for VICE on how she feels about turning 30 now that she's done it, despite how much everyone made her worry about losing her youth, beauty, innocence, and so on.

This Sun, That Moon

Jane Catherine Lotter wrote her own obituary. It’s beautiful. What a cool lady. (“I was given the gift of life, and now I have to give it back. This is hard. But I was a lucky woman, who led a lucky existence, and for this I am grateful. I first got sick in January 2010. When the cancer recurred last year and was terminal, I decided to be joyful about having had a full life, rather than sad about having to die. Amazingly, this outlook worked for me. (Well, you know, most of the time.) Meditation and the study of Buddhist philosophy also helped me accept what I could not change. At any rate, I am at peace. And on that upbeat note, I take my mortal leave of this rollicking, revolving world-this sun, that moon, that walk around Green Lake, that stroll through the Pike Place Market, the memory of a child’s hand in mine.”)

See, It’s Good You Can’t Afford a Beachfront House Because Then It’d Wash Away And Then Where Would You Be

Sad, rich people things.

Arranged Marriage: Probably Not the Answer We’re Looking For Here

WNYC's Arun Venugopal takes to the streets for his Micropolis series and talks to New Yorkers about "the struggle to find that special someone" and whether or not there is an answer to be found in arranged marriage. Per one 28-year-old Brooklynite Venugopal found smoking outside of a bar in the West Village, "Helllll no."

The Less Romantic Side of Farm Life

A early season blizzard in South Dakota has killed between 10,000 and 20,000 cows. Some farmers are reporting a loss of 30% and even 50% of their herds. Al Jazeera has a really well-reported story about how farmers are coping (for now: on their own, since the government is shut). The line that explains the loss: “Those calves were this year’s paycheck. The cows were bred to produce next summer’s paycheck. Producers are really reeling from that.”

The cows were still in their summer pastures. It isn’t supposed to blizzard in October.

Good News

1. Umair Haque: “We’re on the verge of a global lost decade. That will mean billions of lives reduced to ruins. There are already millions in ruins.”

2. The Guardian: “White House warned on imminent Arctic ice death spiral.”

You Have 1 Job, And That Is to Live an Extraordinary Life

More Twitter wisdom from economist Umair Haque. He’s one of the only people in my feed consistently talking about How Not Okay Everything Is, and I find that refreshing. (Elon Green is another one: “Take your time, motherfuckers. RT @politicalwire: White House Continues to Weigh Climate Change Options”)