Professional Pride

Happy Nowruz! March 20th marked the beginning of Spring and rang in the Persian new year. During Nowruz, family and friends gather around a spread laid out with 7 items that start with the letter “seen” (س) and represent things like life, vitality, reflection, health, abundance and so on. I did it wrong. No family….

The New Global Savior

From: XXX Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 9:02:19 AM To: gusmanjl@gmail.com Subject: —— XXX, As always, this is such a wonderfully curated piece. And your takes are spot-on, I wish this could just be the universe from which people became informed…but alas #fakenews. I wanted to respond more personally to a couple of the fringe…

Spiritually Being

Courtney reaches out to a trusted friend about spirituality. … From: Courtney To: — Subject: Spiritually Being –, Do you have any book recommendations on spirituality? Not God books, per se, but I would read those, too. Between your dance church attendance, your yoga practice, and your recent life goal to face your fears this…

On Companionship & Break Ups…

I was trying to avoid a (cliched) romance-related post, but Valentine’s Day provides the perfect conditions upon which to reflect on what we learn (good or bad) from our relationships, and for me in particular, how the meaning of those relationships can evolve over time. Companionship has looked different for me than most people considering…

Weaponized Silence

from: Char to: Jo date: Weds, Feb 7, 2018 subject: Re: Silence Hey Jo, I can’t believe I SAW YOU on Saturday. New York City has always been so good to us. I wish we had more time. I wish we could sit all day in the Met and just catch up and look at paintings…

Biases and Confusion

From: Marie To: Julia, Johanna Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2018 2:30AM Re: Aziz, #MeToo, biases, utter confusion __________________________________________________ Hi team, As I mentioned very curtly on our lady thread, this Aziz story has me all kinds of confused. Help me unpack here? I’m confused because I mostly want to defend him, which is the stark…

New year, Old me

From: Dena Date: Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 3:17 PM Subject: New year, Old me To: J I, Robot was on TV new year’s eve. And while watching a mediocre movie from 2004 (with some fairly hefty logic flaws) wasn’t exactly my plan, I was way too comfortable under my blanket to change the situation….