Acquired today: Weekend reading material

I've been busy at work, so have been procrastinating plenty of things for the plane and downtime in Vail—but I'm also earmarking plenty of time this weekend to catch up on reading: Danny's new issue, Kazuo Ishiguro's new novel, and this amazing book about organized crime and drugs by Johann Hari. 

Heading out west to one of my favorite parts of the country (went to Aspen for three or four years running until about three years ago—haven't been back since and I really miss it) tomorrow to speak on a panel at the Vail Symposium Thursday. The talk is called "Your Body, Your Image" and you can get tickets here. Here's the brief:
Why is it a bad thing to run or throw like a girl? Why do women feel compelled to spend countless hours and dollars on their looks over the course of their lives? What the heck is a thigh gap and why are women supposed to want one? Why do the media insist on fueling the idea that being sexy is empowering and what impact do these kind of messages have on men and boys? What drives these thoughts and actions and how damaging are they to young boys and girls, women and men, and society as a whole? And, what is being done, and what more can we do, to repair the damage?

This panel presentation features Caroline Heldman, Ph.D., a politics professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles and contributor to popular documentary film projects “The Mask You Live In” and “Missrepresentation”. Her TedTalk “The Sexy lie” has garnered over 1 million views.

Danica Lo is the Online Editor-at-Large at Glamour. She is formally the Executive Editor at Epicurious and authored the book “How Not To Look Fat.” She has worked for more than a decade in the fashion industry as the Senior Online Fashion and Beauty Editor at Glamour, columnist at the New York Post and Contributing Style Editor at VMan.

Seher Ali was born in Muscat, Oman and now lives in Windsor, Ontario where she’s a student at the University of Windsor. She’s passionate about indigenous studies, diaspora studies, Islamic feminism, race, feminist intersectionality, foreign policy, and colonial/post-colonial students. She works with the SPARK Movement, a girl-fueled activist movement to demand an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media.

Locally, Dr. Jill Squyres is a psychologist and one of the few health professionals specializing in body image issues in children, young adults and adults in the Vail Valley.

Together the panel will discuss the issues all generations, races and genders face with self-image.
"Observe Everything. Always think for yourself. Never let other people make important decisions for you." — from Bad News by Edward St. Aubyn