Friday, March 16, 2012

Link roundup

1. PS3 game Journey is getting strong reviews. Here's a playthrough if you'd like to see what the buzz is about.

2. Paul Robertson posted a bunch of new animated gifs.

3. Real-life James Bond villain.

4. The start of a fascinating new post by Penelope Trunk about her family history:

Really, to understand what I’m talking about, I need to tell you about money in my family. And what I learned about money from living the life of a rich kid

1. Big money comes from areas of big chaos.
The money started coming to my family when my great-grandpa got a law degree in the 1920s in Chicago. He didn’t have any clients, so he hung out at the jail, looking for people who needed a lawyer. It turned out that the only people who landed in jail who could reliably pay for a lawyer’s help were prostitutes.

My great-grandpa did a good job representing them, and consequently, he met Al Capone, who was the money behind the prostitutes. Soon my great-grandpa became Al Capone’s lawyer.

2. You can buy luxury but not family.
As you can imagine, there was a lot of money to be made. My great-grandparents did what rich people did in Chicago at the time: They bought a big house in Evanston, IL and they hired black people to serve them.

If you think story in The Help was a only southern thing, I can assure you that the same stuff was going on in the Chicago area.

Sula was five when she became a servant to my grandma, who was also five. It was a fine line between servant and playmate, but Sula was black and her mom was hired help. Sula worked for my grandma for her whole life. My grandma, who slept on ironed sheets her whole life, always said that Sula was like family.

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