Because: This is a different take on why so many graduates of prestigious universities in the U.S. head into finance. I think it is a composite reason, and varies depending on the individual, but there definitely is truth to it.
“Since 2007 Argentina’s government has published inflation figures that almost nobody believes. These show prices as having risen by between 5% and 11% a year. Independent economists, provincial statistical offices and surveys of inflation expectations have all put the rate at more than double the official number (see article). The government has often granted unions pay rises of that order.”—Don’t lie to me, Argentina
Because: It’s about time something like this happened. I’m sure the financial arm of the Argentine government is in crisis mode right now, considering this is a country that messes with its McDonald’s menu prices with the goal of measuring up well against The Economist’s Big Mac Index. May this be the catalyst for some real change, because inflation is burning everyone in Argentina.
Because: Since returning to Argentina after spending most of December in the U.S. I’ve had only a handful of uninterrupted nights of sleep. A restless mind, the intense heat that as plaguing this city for a bit, I’m not sure what it is, but this article made me feel less concerned with my new, jolted sleep pattern. Maybe I should try writing during those mid-night spells in which I’m awake.
At 9, he settled a dispute with a pistol. At 13, he lit out for the Amazon jungle.
At 20, he attempted suicide-by-jaguar. Afterward he was apprenticed to a pirate. To please his mother, who did not take kindly to his being a pirate, he briefly managed a mink farm, one of the few truly dull entries on his otherwise crackling résumé, which lately included a career as a professional gambler.
Because: This article makes me feel vindicated! Justified! It’s my raison d’être! Since high school, my mom has been telling me, “You are always ready for the next thing.” She said it with neither said a positive or negative connotation; it was simply matter-of-fact. Similarly, I think a trait like “neophilia” could go either way.
I like to think since high school, when I considered myself done with high school and ready to graduate and go on to college, I have learned to tone it down a little bit and find ways, within boundaries, to always be doing and seeking new things, as well as find ways to productively harness my restlessness, like commissioning freelance articles. For example, I moved to Buenos Aires, but I’ve been here for almost a year and half already. I have made it a priority to travel around this region, though, and within my day-to-day life take up new activities. For a block of months, one of those activities was weekly was salsa classes, now I am taking Portuguese classes regularly. Living in a new country that forces me to constantly adjust I have found is a surefire way to keep things fresh.
Because: That is quite an impressive statistic. Could this work for my father’s motherland, Mexico? He thinks not, because the real demand for the supply is across the border in the U.S. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox thinks it should happen.
Because: Pessimism is the tone of most conversations about the Argentine economy (or maybe it’s just the people I talk to?), but something must be right for this trend to occur. I’m telling you, come with an entrepreneurial spark, especially if it it involves an international scope, and it could work out well. What I found this city has given others and me is less quantifiable than a salary but infinitely valuable, and it is the desire (digamos “ganas”) to even be entrepreneurial.
Because: Don’t go anywhere, Liz Lemon! I didn’t realize this receding transformation was occurring in the series until I read this article, and now I find Liz Lemon highly annoying. I hope Tina Fey reads this and develops her character back up (and beyond?). It is the final season, after all. Regardless, the show is still gold.
Because: This is repulsive and upsetting that I almost didn’t post it, but if you have not yet seen what’s coming out of this one female opinion camp, I think it is important to know. That anyone could ever have this reaction says a lot—and none of it is good. And no, I do not think Chris Brown had endured enough humbling feedback to put him in his place and make it OK for him to have performed at the Grammys again. Hell, did we even ever hear a real apology, any repentance?! Breathe out.
Because: Sasha Frere-Jones tells it like it is in this post, and it got me all amped up, just like M.I.A.’s music, even though I don’t agree with or even understand some of the gimmicks. Of the many valid points made, here is one of what I consider to be the most important:
More to the point, television viewers were submitted to ad after ad that likened women—negatively—to sofas, cars, and candy. Mr. Winter didn’t have anything to say about that, so I’d like to raise both of my middle fingers to him and anyone who thinks profanity is somehow more harmful to our children than images of violence and misogyny.
Because: I’m behind a few days on posting this one (cosas que pasan), but I had to do it still. If you’re even too much for the banking bros, it’s time to double-check. To make a bigger deal out of this than it is, I’ll comment that I think this letter and the surrounding brouhaha in some sense exemplifies the ways in which our, or U.S., society both succeeds and fails.
“The No. 1 question I get from everybody is, ‘How did you make it?’ I’m like, Don’t worry about making it. There is no making it. Just be happy. Otherwise you’re going to be sitting here at 5:15 a.m., when there’s not a writer interviewing you, going, ‘What the fuck is my world all about?’ ”—
Because: Even back in middle school when I watched Total Request Live religiously, I got the sense Carson Daly was not quite right for whatever he was doing. He was a little too nerdy, a little too boring, a little too smart or a little too quirky. Somehow, though, and I think it’s because he wasn’t quite right and people identified with that on some subconscious level, it worked. To be frank, I had no idea he was hosting The Voice now (haven’t seen it) though I did know about his late-night gig. I like that guys like Daly, who are a little off in some sense, can hang in a place like show business.
Because:It’s a fact that when media budgets started shrinking, especially at glossy mags, interns started taking on a lot of roles (for free) people were paid to do as full-time employees. I know this to be especially true for fashion departments. I want the magazine industry to do well and I personally loved my internship experiences. They are a great opportunity to get an “in,” but I have never thought this assumed work-for-free expectation was fair. For me this quote is key and lays out the reason I hope this succeeds and the practice, in all industries, ends:
The lawsuit against Hearst states, “Employers’ failure to compensate interns for their work, and the prevalence of the practice nationwide, curtails opportunities for employment, fosters class divisions between those who can afford to work for no wage and those who cannot, and indirectly contributes to rising unemployment.”