Jan Buchczik for The Atlantic
Hey, look at that – it’s the weekend again! And here in NYC it looks to be a beautiful one. Hope it’s nice wherever you are, too, and that you have a good one. Here are a few links that might interest you:
“We all yearn for the end of the human suffering brought about by the pandemic. And many, if not most, of us look forward to the end of the constraints and inconveniences it has imposed. But deep inside, there are probably a few things you dread about going back to normal life. Each of us, if we are brutally honest, could make a list of the activities and relationships that we didn’t like in pre-pandemic times, but that we accepted through self-deception, sheer inertia, and the pressure to go along and get along.
If your relationships, work, and life have been disrupted by the pandemic, the weeks and months before you fully reenter the world should not be wasted. They are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come clean with yourself—to admit that all was not perfectly well before. Here’s how you can make a plan not to return to normal.”
Related to our discussion this week about re-entering the world and the different levels of anxiety we feel about the process: People Aren’t ‘Addicted’ to Wearing Masks, They’re Traumatized.
For the horn dogs among us: Is oral sex more Covid-safe than kissing? The expert guide to a horny, healthy summer
Not very long ago, “millennial” was synonymous with youth. They, the kids born between 1981 and 1996, were horrifying their elders with their blogs and avocado toast and lack of urgency around marriage, kids and homeownership. The jeans of their youth were flared at the ankle, tight on the waist and, in some cases, rode low on their hips (giving rise to”muffin top,” an odious term from 2003 describing, as New York Times language columnist William Safire put it, “three to six inches of stomach bulging out below a short blouse and above hip-clinging ‘low-rise’ jeans”).
Now the millennials are middle-aged, or getting close. The skinny jeans of their twenties have become a sign that they aren’t so young anymore. Maybe they’re not ready to accept that. They’re fighting about jeans, says Sophie Hooker, a 22-year-old college senior from Grand Rapids, Mich., “Because they’re scared they’re not cool anymore.” And there is nothing less cool than asserting that you’re still cool. (Ouch.)
— The Jean War Between Millennials and Gen Z Cannot be Won. If any longtime DW readers remember the heat I got about nine years ago when I dared to say anything remotely critical about millennials – here, and here – it may not shock you that I’m feeling a little amused watching this silly jean battle between the current hottest market generations play out.
I don’t know why I’m the slightest bit invested in the reunion of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck – maybe it’s nothing more that nostalgia for a simpler time. If you’re interested too, here are some deets about their recent weeklong Montana vacay and where things currently stand between them.
In case you need a little nudge to get moving. How Exercise May Help Us Flourish: Physical activity can promote a sense of purpose in life, creating a virtuous cycle that keeps you moving.