I worry about anyone who is lighting themselves on fire for our enjoyment. I worry about the bloggers and viral stars who have burned up so much of themselves for the prize of a few thousand followers. Our attention span is so short these days. One minute you’re a meteorite lighting up Google Trends, the next minute you fall back to earth, another piece of ugly, busted-up coal.
— from a NYT Mag piece
about Cat Marnell. It bothers me when people feel like they have to publicly wring hands over women like Cat who are documenting their personal experiences—experiences that go against the grain of how we learn that women should behave. No one was scared for Norman Mailer. Nobody accused William Burroughs of writing Junkie
to gain fans. (via tracieeganmorrissey