Because: The original list has spawned a number of similar lists penned as an addendum or reaction, and this is one such of those pieces. Some of the listed items are funny, others honest, practical tips and still others are heartbreaking.
Because: My alma mater’s most famed undergraduate makes the pages of New York Magazine and elicits alumni reactions of groaning and snickering, as my Twitter feed confirmed.
Hay de todo at Northwestern, we’ll say, meaning there really is one of everything, but I’m sure there are many more Chet Hanks types at a place like USC. Does that make it easier or harder, better or worse to be at a place where you’re more likely to stand out? I doubt that’s a question of much consequence, regardless. This article made my sympathize with him a little, I will admit publicly, but in the same way you’d get pulled into those feelings with a one-note teenage flick from the turn of the millennium (a la She’s All That) where the protagonist just really wants to be his/her own person, darn it, Dad, even though he/she kind of has it made. I mentioned this (the sympathizing) to a fellow NU alum, one who is destined to work as a curator, and she said, “Really, Chet? You sat in front of a Jackson Pollock for an hour and a half? ‘Let’s go hit on models’; Tom must be so proud.” I guess I did get a little caught up.
Because: I could take or leave some of the advice in this article, but that whole concept of embracing a non-linear life falls into a camp of thought I’ve subscribed to since I began to contemplate moving abroad after college. In the case of writers, and many of my favorites, I find this to be especially true.
Because: If you read one health-related article, maybe ever, let this be it. The takeaway points, some of which shall we say are irreverent, are easy to implement. They also are effective, and though I can’t speak about all of them, for some of the simple ones like chew more and do more high-intensity workouts, I can. I started regular circuit and Crossfit workouts about a year ago, and I am stronger and fitter than I’ve ever been. I have a long way to go, but it jump-started a lot of change. Also, I like this dude’s writing style and would be interested to read the full book from which this list was created.
“Bolaño was no political pamphleteer. And yet his characters’ angst and desires play out against the canvas of history. With his raw, barely controlled emotions, and a talent for mining the pathos, beauty, and even humor amid the horror of ordinary life, his fiction soared.”—Why Roberto Bolaño Haunts Latin Literature
Because: I was thrilled to see Latin American literature featured in the mainstream media. I have not yet tackled the Chilean author’s magnum opus of 1,000+ pages, but what I have read of his has made me want more. His writing to me was weird, thoughtful, raw and very Latin American in some new, unharnessed way.
Because: I suffered the worst sunburn of my life in Punta del Diablo. We’re talking swelling, blistering, peeling (I was notpicking up any surfers that trip) some-medical-degree-of-burns burn on my face, feet, backs of knees and in between. It was so painful I had trouble sleeping. Luckily, Punta del Diablo was beautiful and tranquil and charming such that I could hold it together. Here’s my piece on the place, though I also should have penned a sidebar on how bad Uruguay can toast you.
So, go to Uruguay. It’s beautiful. But, wear sunblock. Always. Reapply every 10 minutes. Bathe in it.
Because:Freelancing is lonesome work, as I found out when I almost went crazy my first few weeks in Argentina giving the fulltime freelancing, work-from-home gig a try. I ended up finding a fulltime job in recruiting and social media, though we worked out of a shared workspace called Urban Station in the Palermo Soho neighborhood of Buenos Aires. This idea of collaborative, co-working sites takes it a step further. I think working in such an environment is the only way I could envision myself working freelance or “from home” fulltime.
Because:Congratulations, Brian! It’s so rewarding to see my former Daily Northwestern compatriots and Medill classmates getting the recognition the deserve and doing big things in journalism, which they really all are. All those delirious hours in the newsroom! And I didn’t even clock many in comparison to others.
Because:I read this with curiosity, as an outsider, and then realized I could be considered one of the subjects of the story. My circumstances might be a bit different from the first-generation immigrant child returning to the homeland, thrusting him or herself full in the developing economy, but I am after some sort “American Dream” (Latin American Dream?), I am living abroad in a country with an emerging economy and my father is a first-generation immigrant.
I’ve thought about that concept a lot: the revised American Dream, or the contemporary American Dream. No theories yet, just thoughts.
“The researchers issued a questionnaire to 10,000 people, and those who spent their money doing something new— flying to Italy, eating dinner at a new restaurant, buying tickets to a play that just opened—were generally more content with life than those who blew their cash on shoes or fancy gadgets.”—Study Says: Traveling Makes You Happy, more Popular
Because: Personal experience bolsters this for me. Growing up, my parents were never the type to take me on blowout shopping sprees and purchase me this new coveted item or that one, but what we did do was travel. We had at least one trip per year, and in elementary school alone I could count among my travels places like China, Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean, as well as various ski trips across the United States. Had you asked me to choose between more clothes from Limited Too and those trips then, my myopic, younger self would have opted for more mall trips. In short, I’m glad I wasn’t given the choice.
Living in Argentina has made it easier to prioritize my spendings, too. When Brazil is a short flight away and I can get to and from Mendoza for less than $200 USD while a new dress that without fail will tear at the seams within a week runs me at least $75 USD, the choice is simple. Also, there is so much less stuff here, and low-priced gadgets are non-existent. When I returned to the U.S. in December my first trip to Target had my eyes wide and glassed over, me pushing a cart down the aisle at the slowest pace in the store, head swiveling. I had to stick to my list lest be overwhelmed by the 10 types of waffle makers and the like.
Because:I wrote a piece about what mate is, the customs and rituals that surround it, and where people can drink it in Buenos Aires. It is one of my favorite Argentine traditions, though it seems I favor most all of them here that involve food and drink (asados, Fernet, gnocchis on the 29, etc).
Also, Porota mentioned in the article is delicious and such a sweet little spot.