Imagine you were Barack Obama doing a radio interview, and the host openly suggested that Michelle Obama is possibly a lesbian. She’s an outspoken woman, she likes to work-out – she must be a lesbian.
Wait, what? You can’t imagine? And so you shouldn’t, because the suggestion is just so grossly inappropriate. And yet, here in Australia our Prime Minister can appear on a radio show and face the proposition that because Ms Gillard’s partner is a hairdresser, he is gay.
The Prime Minister in turn reacts with grace and tact, and not the complete outrage that would have befitted the situation. But then our PM is used to being attacked in ways that no male leader of any country would have to put up with.
“We live in a world made up more of story than stuff. We are creatures of memory more than reminders, of love more than likes. Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be messy, and painful, and almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die.”
- Jonathan Safran Foer (via NYT)
As you’re growing up, you’re told you can be anything. But sometimes you don’t end up even being something, or you find you’re something that the Careers Department didn’t even say existed. Alec Hutchinson talks about the flow chart of his friends’ successes and failures, and how it helped his students.
This article is kind of amazing.
A look shared by two people, each wishing that the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start.