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Four Fun Things

GQ comedy issue cover

Have you seen the cover of GQ’s comedy issue? The comedians’ extra limbs are poking fun at Vanity Fair’s photoshop mistake. Three thumbs up.

Obama

Happiness author Gretchen Rubin wrote a list for herself of things to do every day: “Make your bed. Wear sunscreen. Wear your seat belt. Go for a ten-minute walk. Eat a fruit or vegetable. Put your keys away in the same place. Touch everyone in your house with affection.” What would you put on your list?

Madewell tee

I’ve been on the lookout for loose, effortless tees for warmer days. This and this are on my wishlist.

Fiat by Ben Wagner

When we’re driving for more than two hours, we usually pack a bag of Kettle chips and call it a day, but Jenny Rosenstrach made her husband and daughter foil-wrapped hot chicken sandwiches for their drive. Jenny, be my mom, please?

P.S. The best New York Times Magazine covers, and five awesome family bikes.

(GQ cover via Kottke. Brooks quote via Jocelyn Glei. Car photo by Ben Wagner.)

  1. Lily says...

    I get a little disheartened when I read comments on David Brooks’s books and columns, especially in the New York Times. He falls on the right side on the political spectrum and writes in a liberal space. Sometimes his opinions are political, sometimes not, but every single time there is a knee-jerk reaction in the comments to very his existence as a conservative. He is criticized for being a man, for having money, for opinions he has expressed anytime within the span of his career; sometimes these criticisms are relevant, but mostly not. And I do not see the same criticisms leveled at white, privileged, well-off public figures who express reliably liberal opinions. I do not feel the same way as David Brooks on a lot of things, but I appreciate the level-headed way he speaks and writes.

    This post from Kottke.org (the words are not his — they belong to Bret Victor — but I give him credit for finding and highlighting it) has stuck with me for years and shaped the way I read and the way I approach other people’s ideas: https://kottke.org/14/01/bret-victors-2013-reading-list

    “It’s tempting to judge what you read: I agree with these statements, and I disagree with those.

    However, a great thinker who has spent decades on an unusual line of thought cannot induce their context into your head in a few pages. It’s almost certainly the case that you don’t fully understand their statements.

    Instead, you can say: I have now learned that there exists a worldview in which all of these statements are consistent.

    And if it feels worthwhile, you can make a genuine effort to understand that entire worldview. You don’t have to adopt it. Just make it available to yourself, so you can make connections to it when it’s needed.”

    Rather than feeling the knee-jerk need to accept or reject an opinion, I try to think of that thought, “I have now learned that there exists a worldview in which all of these statements are consistent,” and take it from there.

    • Elizabeth says...

      What a helpful thought. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Valeria says...

    I hope these sandwiches are meant to be eaten in a break of the travel and not while driving: it’s so dangerous to let the children eat in the car! Imagine that some food accidentally goes down the wrong pipe. Ok, you are able to do the Heimlich maneuver but, first, you have to notice what is happening since the kid could be possibly unable to emit sound because of the block. Second, you have to stop the car and this is not always immediately possible. Third, you have to unfasten the safety belt and only then you can try to help your kid. I’m sorry if I’m scaring you and, yes, I’m nostalgic too of long road trips laying down on back seats when I was a kid eating and sleeping without any seat belt. I can also recall the taste of the bresaola sandwiches made by my grandma that I used to eat twice a week in the car while coming back from the swimming pool, but that is so much important: I would never ever let my kids eat in the car while I’m driving.

  3. That picture of Obama. How I miss him.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      same. <3

  4. JODY RIDZI says...

    I’m so excited to make those sandwiches! They sound amazing!

  5. VP says...

    My mom would make me egg and cheese on an everything bagel for morning flights!

  6. Lisa says...

    I love the pink and white stripes on that tee, but am I the only one who’s looking forward to the end of everything being cropped?!

    • Sasha says...

      Also boxy. Not a fan.
      Always look cute on the models, but just silly on me.

  7. Liz says...

    While I admit mixed feelings about David Brooks, this article has been a touchstone of mine since it came out and continues to shape who I am and who I try to be. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/opinion/david-brooks-the-small-happy-life.html?_r=0

    Especially this quote: “Now my purpose is simply to be the person … who can pick up the phone and give you 30 minutes in your time of crisis. I can give it to you today and again in a few days. … I can edit your letter. … I can listen to you complain about your co-worker. … I can look you in the eye and give you a few dollars in the parking lot. I am not upset if you cry. I am no longer drowning, so I can help keep you afloat with a little boost. Not all of the time, but every once in a while, until you find other people to help or a different way to swim.”

    • Jami says...

      I love this quote.

    • sasha says...

      Thank you for sharing that Liz

  8. Colleen says...

    I didn’t even notice the extra limbs when I saw this yesterday, LOL. And what a gorgeous pic of Obama. Miss you. I bought a copy of Ask A Manager, since I’m in job transition – but I’ll check this one out too.

  9. Sadie says...

    David Brooks is the last person anyone needs to be looking to for character advice. Falling for your much-younger researcher and leaving your wife for her is one thing. Doing so after having spent years blaming “the decline of marriage” for the poverty of single mothers is another. But doing both while writing a book about character? Seriously?

    • Joaquina says...

      I so agree! I’m surprised to find the recommendation for his book here, my favorite blog. The last thing I want to read is a white mansplaining tome by a conservative hypocrite. Hard pass.

    • Karen says...

      This made me laugh – thanks Sadie! Didn’t know about the mess in his personal life, but his writing is just obnoxiously, pompously, endlessly wrong.

    • judy says...

      Agree!

    • jules says...

      AMEN! He is constantly writing a eulogy to the midcentury myth, pretty easy for privileged white guy. It’s comical to watch him play it both ways now on the Republican mess he was part of setting the table for.

      Pretty words do not hide the damage done.
      Hypocrite of epic proportions and likely epic ego.

    • Lily says...

      100% agree.

      From a 2003 editorial about marriage:

      “Anybody who has several sexual partners in a year is committing spiritual suicide. He or she is ripping the veil from all that is private and delicate in oneself, and pulverizing it in an assembly line of selfish sensations.”

      Yeah…no thanks, David Brooks.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for this feedback!

    • ELIZABETH says...

      Completely agree. Total hypocrite. I wish the precious space on Cup of Jo was given over to any number of feminist thinkers.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you again for this feedback. i’ve been thinking a lot about this. despite reading the nytimes every day, i hadn’t realized (somehow) that david brooks held so many of these conflicting viewpoints. i changed the quote in the post to feature a post of gretchen rubin’s instead. thank you again. xo

  10. Mary says...

    I have a bunch of food allergies, so to-go food is pretty normal. Camden Yards allows outside food for Orioles games and it’s always fun to see how many people I can make jealous with a simple sandwich.

  11. Dee says...

    My mom used to pack egg mayonnaise sandwiches on family trips. We were popular on coach tours ;-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      my dad would pack a wheel of CAMEMBERT CHEESE on road trips — with crusty bread. stinky and messy! but we all loved it haha.

  12. Em says...

    The book that the David Brooks quote is from – The Road to Character – is so, so good! One of my favorite columnists!

  13. nadine says...

    that cover!!!!
    thanks for the round of links!

    • Laura C. says...

      Same here!

    • Megan says...

      This made my entire life worth living.

  14. Charli says...

    Boxy tees forrrrrevvvverrrrrrrrr please and thank you

  15. Colleen says...

    Oh David Brooks! He gets it right every time.

  16. Twyla says...

    $52 for a tshirt? Am I the only one who thinks that’s ridiculous?
    ($52 In Canadian dollars anyway…)

  17. Sarah says...

    That hot sandwich sounds so lovely and comforting, but can you imagine a kid eating it in the car? Admittedly our kids are younger, but we recently stopped at In-N-Out and ordered plain grilled cheese sandwiches for them thinking we were so smart… no sauce, all stuck together, no mess, cut into halves even, and one of them still made THE BIGGEST MESS. Car eating is just one big fail after another for us.

  18. Lily says...

    The pink shirt is the kind of top I have been looking for this spring. The wide stripe is great. Thank youfor the link!