Richard Jackson is back with this week’s Long Reads, which deals with offended feminists, a legal stoush between billionaires and a stint in rehab.
Feminism is often read through the lines of offence. This thing happened, so you should feel this way. It’s not surprising in the least, because it’s mainly how rights are fought for and eventually won. This article, however, puts forward the argument that sometimes an act does not match the outrage.
Writer Jia Tolentino unpacks how the feminist media outlet, Jezebel, deals with offence.
“There’s a large gap between “this is bad” and “you should be offended” that seems to vanish on the internet, and the harder we try to widen it on this website, the more we are constrained by that lingering expectation: that Jezebel exists, as some have always imagined it to, for the infantilizing purpose of telling women when they should get mad.”
Writer Emma Carmichael recounts her stint in rehab after an accident where she was crushed between a truck and a roadside barrier, leaving her back, leg and pelvis shattered.
What I like about this article is that it actually transforms from being a narrative of recovery to one of storytelling, or how telling a story to a live audience differs to writing and how telling a story is different to watching or listening.
Hearing about rich people arguing and squabbling over stuff is much more fun than listening to ordinary people squabble. Why? Because I have no sympathy for rich people. It’s all so unnecessary and grandiose, and hey I like watching fleeting dreams collapse.
In this excellent and incredibly thorough piece, Konigsberg takes us through the eight-year legal battle between Peter Nygard, “a hard-partying retail tycoon” and Louis Bacon “a buttoned-up hedge-fund king” – sounds like a Chuck Lorre comedy in the making.