“This is not a movie for young children, but it is our judgment that it is not inappropriate for mature, inquiring teenagers who are looking ahead to the emotional challenges and opportunities that adulthood holds.”
Longreads I’ve <3’d recently:
- Tim Page’s Vietnam War, by Bradley Scott— A few weeks ago I tore through Michael Herr’s Dispatches, so I’ve been on a bit of a Vietnam-as-seen-by-journalists kick. Here, Vice shares a joint with Tim Page, a photographer who covered the war, and elicits some interesting, real stories. “I shouldn’t really say this, but Vietnam was fun… it was a fun time.”
- Audrey Gelman, the Girl Most Lively, by Alex Williams— The real-life Marnie gets her Times mini-profile. Swoon.
- On Reading Proust, Stephen Breyer interviewed by Ioanna Kohler— Supreme Court Justice Breyer talks À la recherche du temps perdu with the New York Review of Books, with a helping of subtle life advice along the way. “To me, the distinguishing characteristic of human beings is the desire to create order out of chaos, to give form to the universe.” Translated from French because of course, but I don’t think it’s too stuffy.
Sex (or lack there of)
“Thus it can be seen that mental health is based on a certain degree of tension, the tension between what one has already achieved and what one still ought to accomplish, or the gap between what one is and what one should become. Such a tension is inherent in the human being and therefore is indispensable to mental well-being. We should not, then, be hesitant about challenging man with a potential meaning for him to fulfill. It is only thus that we evoke his will to meaning from its state of latency. I consider it a dangerous misconception of mental hygiene to assume that what man needs in the first place is equilibrium or, as it is called in biology, “homeostasis,” i.e., a tensionless state. What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.”
Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (via bookavore)
This is a pretty wild, awesome book.
Long Reads I’ve Enjoyed Recently
Spotted: for sale on 1st Ave, September 29th.