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Reframing rejection, strategizing recovery and keeping it real

I've taken multiple, significant hits recently in relationships, work and other areas. They are all forms of rejection, which I do not do well with regularly. To have so many land in a relatively brief time span has left me very wounded, betrayed, embarrassed, angry and insecure, with so much of my confidence eroded it's scary at times. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Nov 25, 2016 - 6 answers

How am I not myself?

I've been aggressively single for a while now and I'm ready for a change. Step One: rewrite my OkCupid profile? [more inside]
posted by modernserf on Oct 10, 2013 - 20 answers

Kicking off a Webinar - looking for the right thing to say

Not a natural public speaker..but will be speaking publicly later today on a webinar to public safety officials....please help me acknowledge current events in a thoughtful, authentic way, before kicking off the conference call. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Seeking texts (books, movies, TV, articles, etc.) about authenticity

I'm preparing to teach an honors-level college composition class themed around authenticity. What are some cool texts (in any media) that I can show my students to get them thinking about different aspects of authenticity? [more inside]
posted by littlegreen on Apr 17, 2013 - 45 answers

Enjoy and share

A quote from a recent NYT article about American-invented Chinese takeout boxes states, "The structure has come to represent the idea of Eastern cuisine in Western society even though this packaging is not used for food containment in Chinese culture." Is there a term for these kinds of cultural placeholders, objects which end up symbolizing another culture, while not actually having anything to do with that culture in reality? Are there other examples of this?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 15, 2012 - 67 answers

What are the most contested paintings out there?

Based on authenticity, what are the most contested paintings in museums today? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Nov 11, 2010 - 6 answers

John Calvin was a hipster long before it was cool.

A couple years ago, I read a really intriguing essay that compared the American cultural ideal of "effortless cool" to the theological debate over the importance of grace vs. good acts. I believe that the writer identified the Puritans as coming down on the side of grace, and made a connection between their influence on early America and our cultural preference for grace (i.e. "effortless cool") over good acts (i.e. "trying too hard"). I would really love to cite this essay, but unfortunately, my Google-Fu is failing me. I remember that I read it online, and it was probably linked from a comment on The Blue. Any idea what I read or who wrote it?
posted by Afroblanco on Sep 7, 2010 - 11 answers

How to obtain authentic olive oil?

In light of the widespread adulteration of olive oil, how does one find authentic extra-virgin olive oil? Do protected designation of origin, organic, or fair trade certifications help? (Previously.)
posted by parudox on Aug 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Things that are always fake?

I'm looking for examples of things - anything - for which the "authentic" version is exceedingly rare or non-existent, and most or all of the real-life versions are imitations/knockoffs/replicas/synthetic/fake. Especially if the fake versions are commonly believed to be real. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Mar 27, 2010 - 81 answers

1950s hidden camera footage?

Does anyone have "hidden camera" footage of people from the 1950s and before having candid conversations? When they're giving prepared/on-camera remarks in any footage I watch, people seem very very stilted - like unskilled actors. I'm wondering if this was just the style of the "public voice" at the time, or if people actually talked to each other in day to day conversations this way [more inside]
posted by crayz on Nov 25, 2009 - 14 answers

Authentic Charity for donationing car to breast cancer

I want to donate my car to a charity, specifically for breast cancer, how do a choose and how do i know they are for real? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Aug 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Do you remember the Glasnost Bowl?

Did they really get the bright idea to host a college football game in Soviet Russia, and then have to cancel it because they couldn't sell enough vacation packages? The Wikipedia entry about the Glasnost Bowl has a bunch of outdated angelfire pages as its sources. The 1989 New York Times article that mentions it doesn't treat it as very interesting. I think it would make a publishable journal article if it's real and am looking for more info.
posted by srs on Jul 4, 2009 - 1 answer

I need discipline! (no, not that kind of discipline)

Help me re-develop personal discipline without tearing myself to pieces. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2008 - 12 answers

What Do Those Experts on the Street Think?

Are those "person on the street" quotes in magazines ever real? [more inside]
posted by krippledkonscious on Mar 26, 2008 - 28 answers

wanted: source and wording of a quote. warm fuzzy feelings of helping someone as reward.

wanted: help with the source of and exact wording for a quote. [more inside]
posted by ancamp on Oct 28, 2007 - 3 answers

Sources on irony

I'm looking for writing on or examples of "irony"/hipsterism and taste/authenticity/postmodern self-consciousness, etc., or alternatively, historical writing on atomization and society. [more inside]
posted by kensanway on Apr 7, 2006 - 15 answers

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