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A few interesting reads for your weekend.

“In the Name of Love” by Miya Tokumitsu at Slate.com
“Elites embrace the “do what you love” mantra. But it devalues work and hurts workers. . . “Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.”

Last Meals” by Brent Cunningham at Lapham’s Quarterly
“The idea of a meal before an execution is compassionate or perverse, depending on your perspective, but it contains an inherently curious paradox: marking the end of a life with the stuff that sustains it seems at once laden with meaning and beside the point. As Barry Lee Fairchild, who was executed by the state of Arkansas in 1995, said in regard to his last meal, “It’s just like putting gas in a car that don’t have no motor.”

“When ‘Positivity’ Goes Wrong: Please Stop Shaming People for Being Sad” by Pia Glenn at xoJane
“Sometimes what people refer to as “positivity” is actually denial. I’m all for having a positive attitude, but I have also battled major depression and I’ve had enough of people scolding me in the name of “positivity” if I express a negative emotion.”

“Why I Bought a House in Detroit for $500” by Drew Philip at Buzzfeed
“I wanted something nobody wanted, something that was impossible. The city is filled with these structures, houses whose yellowy eyes seem to follow you. It would be only one house out of thousands, but I wanted to prove it could be done, prove that this American vision of torment could be built back into a home.”

The 50 Wildest, Most Torturous Shoes of All Time” by Kate Capri at The Cut
“As shoe trends have changed drastically over the last few hundred years, one truth seems to remain: Heels can really hurt. Whether you’re teetering in six-inch Louboutins or in your sensible shoes, there’s a precariousness about even putting them on, which makes wearing them part of the fun. But historically, some heels are more torturous than most: Take, for example, the Spanish Inquisition’s Iron Boot, filled with boiling water, or the medieval foot press, reminiscnent of a panini-maker for your feet. And more recently, too, designers have innovated shoes that verge on the insane – elaborate pieces that are part style, part art, part fetish object. From Alexander McQueen’s amphibian Armadillo Heel to the completely unflexible Backwards Heels and beyond, click through our slideshow of the 50 most torturous, fascinating heels of all time.”

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