Her ex-husband changed his mind at the last minute. He wasn’t going to let their daughter spend the weekend with her friends after all. Instead, they were going to bond. When she asked him why, he said the girl needed to spend more time with her father.
“We’ve been neglecting our family values,” he said. Of course, my friend’s ex wound up not spending any time with his daughter at all. He took his new girlfriend to an indoor fun park, and she tagged along. Eventually, his daughter disappeared. …
Movie villains aren’t supposed to make sense. We learned this decades ago when Dr. Evil insisted on having sharks with laser beams fastened to their heads, while his son Scott pleaded, “Just let me shoot them,” to which Dr. Evil replies, “You just don’t get it, do you? You don’t.”
Well, I think I get it…
Villains don’t have to make sense in real life, either. They do what they do simply to amass wealth and power.
They also crave attention.
So while everyone else is speculating about why on earth Elon Musk decided to spend his free time planning…
They accused me of stealing.
That’s how my first minimum wage job ended. I was 15 years old. In my state, stores could hire you if your parents signed a waiver. I couldn’t wait to get out into the real world and start earning my own money.
Customers treated me like garbage.
They barged into the break room and gave us orders. They followed us to the bathroom asking us to lead them to obscure items like a bloodhound. (Telling them which aisle wasn’t good enough.) If middle-aged men weren’t ogling me at checkout, they were cat-calling me stupid.
She wouldn’t stop complimenting me.
It felt weird.
We were at one of those hotel bars, drinking overpriced bourbon. Within five minutes she told me how much she loved my hair, and my shirt. She told me how smart I was three or four times. Finally I asked her what was going on. That’s when her smile faded.
“The truth is,” she admitted. “I can’t stand you.”
So we eased away from the group and started having a real conversation. Turns out, I’d done a couple of things to offend her way back when we were in grad school…
Sexism has evolved.
It didn’t have a choice. Women were too powerful to keep from voting. When they finally entered the workplace, they weren’t going to be satisfied answering phones and bringing their bosses coffee.
Things have changed. Women have won a lot of rights, and now men have started to realize how gender equality improves their lives, too. That doesn’t mean sexism is gone. It still thrives, almost everywhere. It’s not the same kind of sexism from the 1960s and 70s. It’s quieter now, insidious, erupting in hateful anger when challenged.
A few weeks ago, a male reader sent…
No one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Six years ago, Dan Price was just an ordinary millionaire who ran a successful company processing credit card payments. Then he found out one of his employees was working a second job at McDonald’s.
She kept it a secret, out of shame.
Here’s what Price did:
It was clear I was an awful CEO who was failing his employees. I gave her a raise to quit that job. No one should have to work two jobs to make ends meet.
Price decided to cut his…
Yesterday I read an article by someone who said you can get rich by waiting for your parents to die, and then inheriting their estate.
That’s what they did.
I have some problems with this, and not just because I don’t anticipate inheriting anything from my family. It occurred to me these “how I got rich” articles really have hit rock bottom lately.
And we have Jeff Bezos telling us:
Create more than you consume.
That’s hilarious, because Jeff Bezos became the richest man on earth by encouraging the opposite mindset.
Every time I read an article about how someone…
This has been a month of hard reversals. We’re so close to the end of this pandemic, and yet so far away. Our hopes depend on young, healthy people now, and they still think they’re invincible.
Things have changed.
We keep talking about death rates, as if surviving a pandemic is the only thing that matters. Well, I don’t want to just survive.
I want to live a full life.
Politicians and influencers have spent the last year downplaying the coronavirus, showing charts and telling everyone the death rate is “less than 1 percent.” …
Some of us have Cassandra’s curse. We can predict the future, but nobody ever listens to us until it’s too late.
If you’re unfamiliar, Cassandra features prominently in Greek mythology, especially the tragedy Agamemnon by Aeschylus. She receives the gift of foresight from the god Apollo after he falls in love with her. Cassandra doesn’t quite feel the same way about him. Things go downhill from there. The gods won’t let Apollo retract his gifts after they split, so he tacks on a little curse to get even with her: Nobody will believe Cassandra’s prophecies about the future, even though…
That’s a problem.
He currently runs the most popular show on Spotify, and he’s arguably one of the most influential people in the world. Before going exclusive, his show earned nearly 200 million downloads per month. His reach is massive, dwarfing most cable news personalities. After all, he embodies almost everything most men hope to achieve. He’s rich and respected. He’s fit. He sounds smart but humble at the same…