Are Boys Irrational?

James Taranto:

Hymowitz laments that young males are insufficiently interested in “becoming reliable husbands and fathers.” Imagine somebody opening a piece with the converse lament that young females are insufficiently interested in “becoming reliable wives and mothers.” The author would be attacked as a misogynist and a dinosaur. Why, critics would demand, should women set their sights so low?

Well, why should men?

The Love Marketplace

The problem with the modern love marketplace is that the participants assume they know exactly what they want.

Everything changes, including the way we seek and experience love, says my guest this hour. If you think love hurts, you’re not alone. And there are new reasons it hurts, says Eva Illouz. Very contemporary reasons. All the time and options we have, she says, get tricky.

Internet dating makes it a digital market. Market forces can be rough on the heart. Our self-worth gets chained to a very slippery dream. Men and women are less equally empowered now, she says, in matters of the heart.

This hour, On Point: modern times, and why love hurts.

Illouz’z new book is Why Love Hurts.

What I’ve Learned Pretending To Be A Man

So, I’ve been posing as a guy online for nearly twenty-four hours with positive results. I am competing against a pool of polyamorous-vegan-feminist-omegas, but it’s still a minor feat nonetheless.

I have also been pretending to be a man, online and offline, since at least since my 18th birthday. She’s learned more in 24 hours then I did that first year.

“Fucking Death” by Derek Powazek

From Fray issue 3, which is about sex and death.

Can you think of two subjects we spend more time thinking about, but discuss less? Sex motivates us in ways almost nothing else does – ask any teenage boy why he started playing the guitar. And death lurks in every conversation about age, health, or the future.

Fray is wonderfully designed for the screen it almost makes me regret Instapapering it. Almost.