This week, read about the Afghan drug trade, consider what you should know by the time you’re 30, laugh along with President Obama, and ponder the sadness of a failed American dream with a famous play.
On Your Kindle
The first decade of the new millennium was forever marked by the events that transpired on September 11, 2001. Two bloody wars, a universal fear of terrorism, and political and social unrest have, in large part, characterized these past years.
In this book, award-winning Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa travels back to her homeland, whose beautiful, memory-rich landscape she left as a child. Nawa explores how Afghanistan’s turmoil has affected its people: Taliban rule and war with the United States have left a rollicking drug trade in their wake. Nawa interviews real people—addicts, child brides, drug lords—and tells the true stories of their lives. Her narrative reads like a novel, and mixes intense disappointment and scrutiny with real optimism.
On Your Smartphone
Turning 30: 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know , via Huffington Post and 30 Other Things Every Woman Should Know by 30 , via Thought Catalog
Earlier this week, the Huffington Post re-published an excerpt from Glamour ’s famed “30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Know by 30” list, with suggestions ranging from unpadded resumes to types of friends to a black lace bra. In response, Michelle Haimoff at Thought Catalog culled together her own list, remarking that hers “assumes a basic knowledge of rain gear and undergarments,” suggesting a tacit disapproval with the original list.
On your commute this week, take a gander at both lists and let us know what you think—is one better than the other? What’s on your list that’s absent from these two? Weigh in below!
On a Podcast
President Obama at White House Correspondents' Dinner , whitehouse.gov
This Saturday night marked the 98th annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a night that combines politicians and celebrities for an evening of politically-charged hilarity. In the midst of tough economic times and the increasingly contentious 2012 election, take a refreshing few minutes to listen to the President be unabashedly funny, poking fun at himself, his political contenders, and the celebrities throughout the room.
All My Sons , by Arthur Miller
American playwright Arthur Miller had a knack for painting portraits of troubled families struggling with the unfulfilling realization of the “American Dream,” of the tense relationship between fathers and sons, and of men who have compromised their own ideals. All My Sons is not quite as famous as Miller’s best-loved play, Death of a Salesman , but it's one I like even better—the characters agonize over real moral dilemmas, flowing in and out of likability in an incredibly human way. Moreover, more women play roles in this piece, adding another dimension to the deferred dreams of American men.
Photo courtesy of Mo Riza .
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Molly is The Daily Muse’s resident bookworm. She currently works in communications and is begrudgingly learning to be a grownup. She likes coffee shops and (the bakery aisle of) grocery stores, reading about other places but not necessarily traveling to them, keeping things clean, and stalking the Harvard Opportunes, her beloved college a cappella group.More from this Author