WNBA is totally annoying, here’s how to fix it for Caitlin Clark’s arrival
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by Penelope
17h ago
Professional women’s basketball is a cesspool of mediocrity full of women gatekeeping so the sport can’t change. Fortunately, incoming rookie Caitlin Clark is worth more than the entire WNBA due to her sponsorships. This means that unlike other players, Clark doesn’t work for the WNBA she works for her sponsors and her fans. Also, Clark broke the most important collegiate record which is women’s basketball ratings on tv:  More people watched the women’s final four than the men’s, and women’s college ratings for a Thursday game were higher than NBA games on Saturday. Fans love the upcomin ..read more
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Why am I subscribed to Penelope’s Substack?
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by Penelope
5d ago
I had email FOMO. I could be making a million dollars a year from my subscriber list! I read like it was porn — people say it can happen but I don’t think it really does happen. Finally I capitulated and started collecting data. The best insight from that data set is how much time a person spends working on projects that run contrary to their personality type. Lots of work is not tiring, but lots of work outside of our sweet spot is exhausting. And, by the way, paying attention to all the little pieces of data is completely not my strength. So, like Tom Sawyer painting a fence, I told Z if he ..read more
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How my son got into Duke
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by Penelope
1w ago
The worst criticism I’ve ever received from an editor is “it sounds like ChatGPT wrote this.” But as soon as Melissa told me that I thought: she’s right. Unfortunately, she said this about the post I wrote about my son getting into Duke. So I’m trying again because I need to tell you that he was homeschooled since first grade, and he had a traumatic brain injury in high school, and I’m completely thrilled for him that he got into his first-choice college. And I also need to tell you one more thing. This is a message for everyone who told me I should have just sent him to school instead of spe ..read more
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How to be a better listener: Lessons from the Interruption Queen
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by Penelope
2w ago
My son met a Ukrainian girl over the summer, and after telling me it was a summer fling because she barely speaks English, he started learning Russian and seeing her all the time. The relationship became a race – could she learn English before he learned Russian. Her school is in an enclave of all Russian and Ukrainian kids who escaped the war, so she is not learning English as fast as you’d expect. Actively integrate various types of information. She told him he should be in high school instead of homeschooling. I didn’t say to her, “The only reason he learned Russian in six months is becaus ..read more
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The British royal family has ended
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by Penelope
3w ago
William is done being heir to the throne. Not completely surprising since ruling the royal roost destroyed the lives of everyone before him. Maybe the throne would have been manageable for William if women he dated wanted to be royal. But only Kate would put up with it. Maybe the throne would have been manageable if Harry had played along. But that’s over. Now Charles has pancreatic cancer which means he’ll be dying imminently. And this is ruining all of William’s plans. William’s affair with Rose Hanbury was intricately planned 7 years ago: she married Lord Rocksavage who is gay but needed a ..read more
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Playbook for stage xx cancer
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by Penelope
1M ago
It might be cancer. I have two more doctor appointments on Tuesday and maybe even more after that. My mom is coming to Boston to go with me so I am not going alone. My brother comes three days later. I’m so tired. I think back to how I used try to write blog posts while breastfeeding. I was so tired then, and I still wrote. I am telling myself to just write. Just keep writing. The hardest thing about cancer — before your life and every life close to you is twisted — is not knowing what to do with the time you might have left. Here are some things I do know: If it is cancer, it’s esophageal ca ..read more
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A blog is maybe more valuable than a credit score
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by Penelope
3M ago
You know how if you have to be somewhere early in the morning and it’s super important then you can’t sleep the night before? That was me. I finally went to sleep at 3am and then I was an hour late for my 9am appointment. The courtroom was full and on one side were white people and one side were Black people, so I was like, okay, here’s where I belong. And then someone asked me if I was a lawyer, and I said no, and just as I was getting ready to go to the other side I heard someone calling my name. The landlord’s lawyer said, “Are you Ms. Greenheart?” I said yes and we went to a back roo ..read more
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How scientists measure if you have good friends
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by Penelope
3M ago
I thought the good friend test was who do I tell that I got a job at Harvard. But I ended up telling everyone. Then I thought maybe the good friend test was who can I reach out to when I’m having a total breakdown? But again, the answer is everyone, because no one solo person can actually deal with me calling them, repeatedly, so I have to just tell you all, here on my blog. The research about friends talks about reciprocal friends. For example, does your best friend think you are their best friend? If the answer is no, then term for that person is not friend, it’s shitty friend. Because unev ..read more
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How to choose an apartment
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by Penelope
4M ago
I don’t make Nino pay child support and I pay him back for almost all the money he spends when he’s with the kids. He just sent me an accounting for all the times I haven’t paid him back in 15 years. I owe him $8540. I told him he has to wait because I’m currently being evicted from an apartment I love, and if I kill myself over being evicted and people see I just paid Nino they might think I killed myself because of him. He laughed because he knows I know he wouldn’t care. Anyway, don’t worry about the eviction. I mean, worry a little, okay, because my rent is $5000/month. We can both worry ..read more
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Claudia Goldin won the Nobel Prize for the truth about women and work. Whooo hooo!
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by Penelope
6M ago
After 20 years of blogging, learning to do academic research was a steep learning curve. People told me to ask for help from professors at Harvard because they’d feel obligated to help me because I’m at Harvard as well. In fact most did not even feel obligated to reply to my email. But Claudia replied. She told me what I was asking for was best accomplished with an econometrics grad student and gave me some ideas. So basically I asked a professor who was six months away from winning the Nobel Prize in economics if she wanted to be my grad student. But really, now we know how much Claudia Gold ..read more
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