So many people were tweeting about Michelle Obama’s speech last night that I watched the video of it and, yeah: WHAT A SPEECH. I would say it rivals the president’s speech on the tarmac in Independence Day, or anything Aaron Sorkin has written for anyone. If you’re interested in a really good narrative of The American Dream delivered by a lady who almost made this cynic believe anything is possible, I recommend it. I mean, to be clear, I don’t buy any of the rhetoric that anyone is serving us. I think we’re really screwed. But this feels good to listen to. Full text available here.
Mortgage + car payment + bar loan + credit cards + daycare costs for two children = American Dream.
Mike: Earlier this week, we had a feature story about how a person got her job at a public relations firm. Part of that answer, we discover, is through connections this person had. "You should take every meeting," she said. "Because you never know who's going to have a job open up over the weekend. That’s a lot of how I got my job." I appreciate how upfront she was about this because it basically demonstrated how "bootstrapping" is often a myth—the idea we got from Horatio Alger who wrote stories about boys working hard and moving themselves out of poverty and up the ladder. This is a part of the heart of the American Dream, but, of course, Horatio Alger wrote fiction. It's not as simple as that. Were you raised with a "bootstrapping" mentality?
Writer, comedian, and Chicago native Samantha Irby came to New York last week to read from her debut book of essays, Meaty. On her much-loved blog Bitches Gotta Eat, Irby shares "what i learned about new york during my first ever trip there last tuesday."
If you were to guess which American sitcom was the most popular among viewers in China, which show would you say it was?