Culture

Smart Reads: Merle Miller, Milton Glaser, and Sesame Street

Culture

Smart Reads: Merle Miller, Milton Glaser, and Sesame Street

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Today in culture: Facebook vs. Myspace, Merle Miller, and the benefits of Sesame Street.

-Iconic images and the stories behind them: Milton Glaser‘s famous Bob Dylan outline.

-Did the great Myspace exodus of 2006(ish) represent a kind of digital white flight? “Facebook users described themselves as “cultured,” but described MySpace users as “lower class” and “more likely to be barely educated and obnoxious.” ”

-When Merle Miller changed the world with “What it Means to Be a Homosexual”.

-Why Joan Didion writes. “Had I been blessed with even limited access to my own mind there would have been no reason to write. I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.”

-TT Jax on the intersection of homelessness and transness. “Like homelessness, transness is a defiance of the body against social agreements. To defy social agreements with one’s trans body is simple–you’re born.”

-On the infiltration of Saturday Night Live by women in binders.

-Preparing for (last night’s) debate by reading Penguin Civic Classics: always a solid pastime.

-The awesome, functionless architecture of Robert Rickhoff.

-The good side effects of Sesame Street: “[Studies] found, among other things, that children age 3 to 5 who watched Sesame Streethad larger vocabularies in high school than those who watched other television programming, or even no television at all.”