📺 The Boy Downstairs (2017) | FilmRise / HBO

Watched The Boy Downstairs (2017) from FilmRise / HBO
Directed by Sophie Brooks. With Zosia Mamet, Matthew Shear, Deirdre O'Connell, Sarah Ramos. A young woman is forced to reflect on her first relationship when she inadvertently moves into her ex-boyfriend's apartment building.

Watched while doing other things around the house. Seems okay, but not great–just not my kind of picture really. Seems a fitting picture of the relationships of millennials for those looking at them in the media.

There was in intriguing scene in a restaurant in which the Diana, the main character portrayed by Zosia Mamet, wants some lemon, but is told that it’s only available in one of the other dishes. After a bit of “Who’s on First” business, she ultimately accepts it and the firm waiter punctuates that she’s getting “zero lemons”. Watching this, I can’t help but think of the restaurant scene in Five Easy Pieces and Jack Nicholson ordering a side order of toast. It’s very telling where we were and where we’ve come when comparing these two scenes.

🎧 Is Online Dating Destroying Romance? | Crazy/Genius | The Atlantic

Listened to Is Online Dating Destroying Romance? by Derek ThompsonDerek Thompson from Crazy/Genius | The Atlantic
Two sociologists debate the merits of online dating and discuss their research on the history of romance in America.

Interestingly no discussion of satisficing.

👓 McGill music student awarded $350,000 after girlfriend stalls career | Montreal Gazette

Read McGill music student awarded $350,000 after girlfriend stalls career (Montreal Gazette)
She wrote an email posing as him, turning down a $50,000-a-year scholarship so that he wouldn’t leave

An insane little story of love and music…

👓 Johnson: Does speaking German change how I see social relationships? | The Economist

Read Johnson: Does speaking German change how I see social relationships? (The Economist)
Different languages condition different habits of mind—but perhaps not entirely different worldviews

I wonder what this same type of research looks like for pronouns of non-binary people?

When Couples Fight Over Books | WSJ

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People feel possessive of books because they help form our beliefs. How couples keep, display and discard books can be the stuff of heated debate.

After bickering with her husband nonstop for a week recently, Amber Fallon made a huge sacrifice for love. Four books.

This represented an appeasement in the ongoing book battles between Ms. Fallon and her husband, John. Both are big readers. Both own many books. His are alphabetized in a floor-to-ceiling bookcase in their bedroom. Hers take up three of his shelves, fill their home office and stack precariously in a “To Be Read” pile in a corner.

When books start to spill onto tables and countertops, Mr. Fallon—who gives away many of his books once he’s read them—demands answers. Why does his wife need two copies of the same title? Why keep ones she’s already read? “She believes in some form of immortality by having books around,” says Mr. Fallon, 39, a systems technician.
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