What we’re reading

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In the wake of a cluster of teen suicides in Palo Alto–home to one of America’s most prestigious public high schools–the city, and The New York Times, ask just how much a “culture of hyperachievement” is to blame in “Push, Don’t Crush, the Students.”

The Independent Women of Sweet Briar,” from the Times and complete with gorgeous vintage photographs, is a complicated look into the intersection (and sometimes lack thereof) of housewife and career for graduates during the college’s heyday–the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.

The internet is abuzz about the Bruce Jenner interview, and for good reason. However, Time‘s “Bruce Jenner Has a Privilege in Telling His Truth” points out that while the interview may be a watershed moment for trans visibility, visibility itself is a privilege. (Note: Jenner has not yet expressed that he would prefer female pronouns. We would not link to a story misgendering him.) 

In other, and far less visible, trans news, Vice featured a horrifying, thought-provoking, uncomfortable and brilliant performance art piece entitled American Reflexxx.

If you’re looking for more cultural critique, check out “How Photography Was Optimized for White Skin Color.”

34th Street Magazine of UPenn’s the Daily Pennsylvanian recently published a controversial exposé on cocaine culture at the university, thereby revealing chasms in the campus.

The Atlantic’s When Emotional Intelligence Goes Wrong” explores the more sinister side of “people skills.”

And two months after #llamadrama took over the internet, the Times checks in with the assisted-living home the chase took place at and the llama’s owners in “After Great Escape, Llamas (and Owners) Adjust to Fame.”

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