“When you wake up, you have this gift of a blank brain. You could fill it with anything. But for most of us, we have this kind of panic. Instead of wondering what should I do, we wonder what did I miss. It’s almost like our unconsciousness is a kind of failure and we can’t believe we’ve been offline for eight hours,”
Companies like Facebook have the imagination and the resources to implement better leave and flexibility in working hours so parents don’t have to choose between their children and careers. It may come at a cost initially, but the return on investment will be more women staying in the workplace, higher employee satisfaction, and the knowledge that we are doing right by our people and our children. I’m calling on them to make a change.
Share Sheet integration for the iOS app—Pinterest and Pocket have similar interactions and it would def help me keep track of stuff I stumble upon on the go.
INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM THEORY
BY FRANNY CHOI
Introduction to Quantum Theory
There are only so many parallel universes
that concern us. In one, he isn’t dead.
In another, you drink light with your hands
all winter. There is a universe in which no one is lying
emptied in the street as the gas station burns, a universe
in which our mothers haven’t learned to wrap
their bones in each small grief they’ve found.
There is a universe in which there is no difference
between the past and the ground. Another
where the oceans pull the moon. And so on.
This is an incomplete list. It has been abridged
for your comfort. I could tell you
about the many universes in which bad things
happen to people other than the people
you love. Yes, in another life, it’s someone else’s sister
who climbs to the roof that night. In another life,
the boys rise darkly from the asphalt to choke
the engines of cruisers, and no one gives birth
chained to a hospital bed, and no one’s child washes
blue, ashore. Sure. You can have these worlds.
You can warm them in your hands at night. But know:
by signing, you agree also to be responsible for the universe
where the oceans glow red, the universe where
what we call shadow is pulsing with the musk
of hooves, and especially the one in which
humans exist, but only in the nightmares
of small children. Will you hold that one too?
The version of the story that never learned
to consider sound? and the one where sound
is only the opposite of metal? and the one
where the sound of metal is never enough
to quiet the dead?
I remember always being worried that I wasn’t giving enough and after Alice moved on after 1 or 2 takes, I would fret about it every night. I always thought, why don’t I get more takes? When I confided this to Alice many years later, she told me, because you always gave it to me in the first take. I never believed her.
The title of the album “is a kind of joke,” Mitski says. “There was this artist I really loved who used to have such a cowboy swagger. They were so electric live. With a lot of the romantic infatuations I’ve had, when I look back, I wonder, Did I want them or did I want to be them? Did I love them or did I want to absorb whatever power they had? I decided I could just be my own cowboy.”