Members of the Uptighterati hate lateness: are we wrong? | Oliver Burkeman

The problem with using time well is that it risks transforming every moment into nothing but a means to future ends In the mid-1970s, when the American who died in June, took an infectious delight in the sheer cacophonous variety of human behaviour, and time was one of his obsessions. In 1999, tale about the New York businessman, holidaying in Brazil, who starts lecturing a younger local man on the secret of success. Instead of whiling his life away fishing and drinking and playing music with his friends, the New Yorker says, he should expand his fishing operation, hire employees, make millions, then eventually retire so he can spend his days fishing, drinking and playing music with friends. The problem …

If even Beyonc had a rough pregnancy, what hope do other black women have? | Derecka Purnell

A USA Today report showed black mothers suffer severe complications twice as often as white women Last week, Beyonc Knowles-Carter premiered Homecoming on Netflix. Three homegirls and I were glued on the navy sectional, journeying with Mrs Carter through her love for black colleges, black people and black music. Id seen the Coachella performance well over 50 times, memorizing the Getting to the Money routine for a dance challenge I never posted online. But this documentary included commentary and showcased her work ethic and diet, including the battle with her body during and after her second pregnancy with twins. I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth. I had an extremely difficult pregnancy. I had high blood pressure. I …