1. Just when I thought I couldn't possibly love @dailyoverview more, I took a minute to follow the profile link to their website. The project goes long beyond a pretty picture — their mission statement and the short film they call essential inspiration to their purpose are lessons in a life of deep joy. We spent today's lunch hour talking about the overview effect with Daily Overview's feed on the big screen, guessing at each image's origins before scrolling to the answer in the caption. Real world magic. (p.s. I want this one printed full color five feet tall on my living room wall.)
2. Adelle Waldman dissects The Ideal Marriage, According to Novels — most of them written by men. Enjoyed the Kitty/Levin breakdown midway through the read, but my ultimate favorite was this early paragraph contrasting the overarching womens' view:
This type of attention to a lover’s intelligence—and to those facets of character that fall under the auspices of intelligence and factor into respect, such as fairness, integrity, magnanimity, and sensitivity—is consistent with the way women novelists have long written about love. For as long as novels have been written, heroines in books by women have studied their beloveds’ minds with a methodical, dispassionate eye. The ideal mate, for Jane Austen’s heroines, for Charlotte Brontë’s, for George Eliot’s, is someone intelligent enough to appreciate fully and respond deeply to their own intelligence, a partner for whom they feel not only desire but a sense of kinship, of intellectual and moral equality.
3. McSweeney's so rarely takes a serious tack; this is gut-punch perfect.