Because: Everyone I told of the incident, shall we say, when Argentina was holding all foreign publications at Customs, preventing them from entering the country, was shocked something like that was transpiring here. Well, look at what is happening in the U.S. We shout and brag a lot about our freedom, but what how does that reality break down? We have more than a few thinly veiled ways or policies, institutionalized, to hold ourselves or others back.
Because: This week’s past episode made me feel like I had been punched in the heart. My roommate and I sat on the couch after the short clips for next week’s episodes had faded to black (by the way, I never get anything from those prescient clips, nor do I ever remember them) stuttering “What?” “How?!” about all of it.
When this season wraps I plan to re-watch all the seasons as one epic arc. I wouldn’t be surprised if “Mad Men” is the inspiration for countless theses for years to come.
And Emily Nussbaum, I could read your work all day.
Because: Empty promises, no? I swear if this place were easier to get to it would be more lively and inhabited.
I find Puerto Madero comforting and odd for the same reason: I feel as though I’m back in the U.S. All those industrial-looking buildings, sterile and close to being identical, well, I feel as though I’m in the U.S., albeit some nameless Anywhere City, USA, or some bland stretch of blocks in Midtown or Miami.
That said, I really do like some parts of Puerto Madero. The waterfront at night, for example, is one of Buenos Aires’ best panoramas.
Because:This is not something I will be doing anytime soon or probably ever, but the U.S. is the only country whose citizens are subject to domestic income tax even if residing outside the U.S. I had to report when I left Argentina, where I went and for how long, as well as details like how much I paid in monthly rent down here in Buenos Aires. Big Brother reaches far. Here in Argentina you don’t file for taxes; the government just takes out directly each month what it needs for your medical insurance and whatever else and that’s that.
Because: I’m not trying to be dramatic, but I immediately thought of Cuba and the government-imposed travel restrictions on residents. Many Argentines I know love to travel and use their generous holidays to do so.
Because: So many of my friends and classmates attended Rutgers. In fact, my little sister heads there for school next year. I have a hard time believing this happened at a place liberal (I say that because it’s New Jersey; ignore that Christie’s at the helm) and fun-loving place as people have described Rutgers to me. Ravi’s involvement in the whole situation, his reaction and all; it’s unsettling.
Because: Buenos Aires has had hipsters since I moved here and probably long before that, too, people just didn’t know the word. (Side analysis: That would have made them the ultimate hipsters, right?) I would describe a bar, like Caracas with stenciled street art adorning its internal walls and its outdoor ping pong table, to an Argentine friend as “hipster” and they would look at my quizzically, with no concept of what I was trying to get across. This breaks it all right down, because apparently all of them watch Mad Men, ride bikes and listen to Foster the People.
The most humorous part about this to me is that I learned I apparently live in a hipster neighborhood. Colegiales or bust!
Because:This is an important read. Be prepared, because many of the cited numbers and facts in this story are shocking. Maybe my generation isn’t idling because it’s/we’re too idealist and want to follow our “passions” rather than support ourselves, but because we really can’t do it. I have to say, this has me concerned for mine—and our—future.
Now on to plans for celebrating my 24th birthday, which is tomorrow.
Because:That sounds about right. When people ask me if this city is expensive or cheap, I always have to give the ambivalent answer of “yes and no.” The bus costs about .25 USD to ride, but I feel as though I’m in on some secret if I find a decent-looking pair of shoes for less than $75 USD.
“And conversely, articles about Argentina are almost always very negative in tone — they’re irresponsible, they’re renationalizing some industries, they talk populist, so they must be going very badly.”—Down Argentina Way
Because: Hmm. I agree credit should be given where credit is due. In the interviews I conducted for my last Businessweek piece, everyone did say the Argentine economy was doing pretty well, especially in comparison with the rest of the world, but there were all these exasperated-sounding comments about how it could be doing so much better. I think it’s like that kid who never applied himself in school growing up. You can say “you could do so well if you applied yourself,” but, if you don’t, you don’t.
“The bad magic here is that people can no longer see this work as a painting. Now people look at The Scream or Van Gogh’s Irises or a Picasso and see its new content: money. Auction houses inherently equate capital with value. The price of a work of art has nothing to do with what the work of art is, can do, or is worth on an existential, alchemical level.”—Jerry Saltz: This Is Why I Hate Big-Money Art Auctions
Because: I greatly admire Saltz’s work. He brings the art world into the mainstream media, often controversially, in the way few other journalists or critics do. I recommend reading the comments, too, as readers are unafraid to question his ideas or choice of words.
Because:I think it’s these types of people, ones who might not ever envision themselves as business owners, who can create and run businesses best. They do it because some idea or motivation is so arresting they have to follow through. That is where you compassion behind passion and ideals people can get behind personally and professionally.
“In the silence of connection, people are comforted by being in touch with a lot of people — carefully kept at bay. We can’t get enough of one another if we can use technology to keep one another at distances we can control: not too close, not too far, just right. I think of it as a Goldilocks effect.”—Because: Here it is, another story about how lacking in human connection our current society is, specifically the relationships that operate within that construct. I’ve expressed my take on this before, but reading this article added another bullet point to my perspective. Living so far from my family and many of my closest friends, well, all of these newfangled modes of communication at my disposal are the only reasons I’ve been able to maintain any sort of functional relationship with any of them. Most of the time I have no other option. Once together in-person, whenever that becomes possible, the tech toys should get stowed.