— Tom in Pittsburgh, reacting to an article about whether tiny houses live up to their glossy spreads in design magazines.
Back to Their Roots
3. The point is, when African Americans do something, it’s inappropriate or against dress code, but when white people do it, it’s “trendy,” and it’s true.
— Tiffany Roberts on The New York Times’s Facebook page, responding to a series of articles in The Times’s Race/Related newsletter about black women and girls who wear their hair naturally.
Who Gets the House?
4. As a child of divorce, I would argue that creating a situation where children go through as little change as possible isn’t the most important thing — rather, reasonable transparency and support through a time of change helps kids learn how to navigate conflict and grief later in life. Nesting can certainly foreground teaching those skills, but I would caution viewing it as a way to hide the changes that are afoot.
— Haley S. in New York, reacting to an article about custody agreements in which the children remain in the family home and the parents move in and out.
A Female Superhero, Wondrous Indeed
5. To those objecting to this movie because it is unrealistic: duh, it’s a superhero movie, by definition unrealistic. Men can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound, either.
And yes, there are different forms of strength than pure physical strength. That’s why I *also* took my daughter to Hidden Figures, and why I choked up during Gravity to see such a smart woman solving problems in the lead role.
But a female superhero does matter, and we can all understand that Wonder Woman’s strength is a metaphor.
— Gwen in Cleveland, reacting to an Op-Ed by Jessica Bennett about the impact of “Wonder Woman” and its depiction of a female superhero on women and girls.
Schools as Beta Testers
6. I’ve seen what Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs do in our local schools and I applaud them. They donate equipment and money to train students, they give the leg up in disenfranchised districts to succeed in this world. What other large corporations are giving students a way to succeed in the real world?
— Yvonne Hanlon on The Times’s Facebook page, responding to an article about Silicon Valley billionaires who invest in schools.
Dogs on Vegan Diets
7. I have had 2 labs that have lived past 15 years … with no health issues that needed a vet’s care. [B]oth died of old age at home.
They have lived on a clean vegan diet.
Why feed your omnivorous dog animals that were treated with antibiotics, drugs, hormones to grow faster — this list can go on. Why support the cruelty of the factory farm and the slaughterhouse? Why kill one animal so another animal can live?
— Breck in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., reacting to an article about dogs whose owners put them on vegan diets.
Quick and Deadly
8. It’s pretty clear that anybody competing in the Isle of Man TT is brave to the point of being foolhardy, but there’s something about that which draws my interest. I’ve never been to the actual race myself, but I’ve attended smaller road racing meetings where there’s five metres and a rope between you and the track and even as a spectator, it’s exhilarating. I can only imagine how it feels when you’re on the back of a bike or sidecar outfit.
— Richard A. Kiernan on The Times’s Facebook page, responding to an article about the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle race in Gateshead, England, an event notorious for its high mortality rate.
Like a Shroud, Gentrification Covers Bleecker Street
9. Bleecker Street became both a cliché and a metaphor for the rest of the city. I have bought cupcakes at Magnolia (which I don’t think are as good as they once were) and then strolled past chi-chi stores that rarely had anyone in them. New Yorkers won’t stop shopping altogether, but retailers cannot sustain themselves only with the one-percenters in spaces that rent for astronomical rates. The city is safer than it once was, but it’s tipping over — it’s now a city designed for the super wealthy and for tourists.
— SNA in New Jersey, reacting to an article about the rise and fall of Bleecker Street, from counterculture paradise to high fashion hub to no-man’s land.
A Heated Debate Over Grilling Methods
10. Why put a beautiful burger or a fine steak on gas? Because you enjoy mediocrity? Some things in life do take an extra 20 minutes.
— Bob in Colorado, reacting to an article about the benefits of gas grilling versus grilling over charcoal.
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