I said this to Vincent on FB, but it’s probably worth repeating. Tonight’s episode of Brothers and Sisters was an endurance trial. I don’t think I’ve felt this miserable watching TV since Dr. Greene died. Oof. (Also, Sally Field? You win again.)
There’s something about Sunday night that really makes you want to kill...– My So-Called Life
Dressed as a Southern sorority girl circa 2005. I am one hundred and seventy-two percent completely unsettled by how very accurate this outfit is. I could, quite realistically, go back in time and blend with my KD sister and her friends.
The historical periods I like to learn about aren’t so much costume dramas...– Sarah Vowell
…to drink a mocha is to gulp down the entire history of the New World....– Sarah Vowell
The 50 Most Hated Characters in Literary History →
I can get behind any list that includes Karen Brewer alongside canonical characters.
Hot Metal Bridge podcast #5 →
This month, we present “The Sordid Confessions of a Subversive Big Apple Editor,” a dialogue between Paris Review editor Lorin Stein and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Books editor Bob Hoover, hosted by Chuck Kinder.
Americanizing Degrassi (no longer The Next... →
My problems with Degrassi are many, but most of them filter into the idea that the show has grown increasingly American over its run. This breaks down into a couple of different major themes, one of which I’ll write about more later, but the one that’s getting to me today is sexuality. (Click to read more.)
Americanizing Degrassi (no longer The Next...
The problem with television is just how hard it is to let it go. The discontinuation of various series is a subject for another entry at another time. So is the general idea of breaking up with a show while it’s still going (hello, The Office and How I Met Your Mother). There is one, though, that I just keep coming back to even though I haven’t truly loved it in a good five...
GENERATION GAP #6: An Advice Columnist Asks For... →
Okay, this is possibly one of the most important pieces I’ve ever read about our generation (by a member of our generation, though that’s a bonus, not a qualifier). If many of us are misologists, I think it must be because we’ve come to realize how lonely it is to attempt an intellectual life in a world whose structure doesn’t accommodate it, in a world where you’re worth what you...
And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light.– The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (via the-final-sentence)
This is what my car needs - The Oatmeal →
After trolling around the internet for the past fourteen years, I continue to be surprised when people expect it to be completely unlike life.
The job of reading is not to understand the author’s intent. The job of reading...– John Green (via awordnerd)
Sunday nights with the Walkers
Once again, Brothers and Sisters affirms my desire to have Sally Field as a maternal figure in my life. (Also, tell me about your stone-cold heart if you weren’t teary over Uncle Saul.)
The argument that women who enjoy BDSM are ‘taught’ they should be...– Jessica Wakeman in an interview on Jezebel. I just can’t get over how well this response illustrates my biggest frustration with what I’d call academic feminism. I would put this in the same category of — especially in instances of humor — when the academic elite get in a...
Why Bashing Millenials Is Wrong | Fast Company →
"Hitchhiking to the Arctic" -- James Ragan
Any floe will do, but give it a name, the Pater Noster, for a start, or the Isle of Latitudes drifting North of Iceland out of Hudson Bay in seas as mixed as the Bering Strait. Choose the ice that’s narrowed at each end, the melting equal in duration, your little nation’s future dependent on the center clearing any final reef the change of wind might make. And deny all possibility that you’re...
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October 12, 1950 →
Sixty years ago today, the television incarnation of The Burns and Allen Show premiered on CBS. Do nerd out with me.
October 12, 1950
Sixty years ago today, the television incarnation of The Burns and Allen Show premiered on CBS. It was the first of what would be 291 episodes. You should probably know that Gracie Allen is one of my favorite actresses of all time. It makes me some kind of sad that her legacy hasn’t had the same endurance as her husband’s or some of her peers’. [youtube...
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For today. For voice. For compassion. For a great many things.
Women like Mary Karr
Last week, to my absolute delight, I got to see Mary Karr speak as part of the Drue Heinz Lecture Series. First off, it was just fantastic to have someone representing Team Nonfiction. Two of the speakers last year (fiction writers – the authors whom people from school actually went to see) got into some serious hating on nonfiction. So having one of the reigning queens on nonfiction was a...
You know what never makes me feel better? Lists of famous authors’ shitty non-writing jobs.
Beautiful sunny Saturday morning smells
or, all the proof you needed that I grew up in the suburbs: 1) baked leather ballet slippers in the glass-fronted dance studio waiting room 2) the grassy, sweaty, acrylic, plastic mix the moment you peeled off your cleats, soccer socks, and shin guards in the car right after a game 3) the first leaf-raking cross of crisp autumn from the fresh leaves and the still warm and green grass of summer
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Should you happen to be possessed of a certain verbal acuity coupled with a...– David Rakoff, “All the Time We Have,” Half Empty
The Westboro Baptist Church politely shows the... →
Guest blog from Alex →
A lovely man named Alex rocked a guest blog entry because I’m too lazy to write. Read his awesomeness about the pain of badly done series finale and pretend you miss what I have to say.
Sweet performance →
WILKES-BARRE – Blond-haired, bright-eyed and nattily decked in blue jeans and button shirt, tiny Noah DeSantis bounced to the beat of “God Save the People” with the predictable abandon of a 14-month-old. That tracheotomy tube protruding from his neck? He doesn’t notice. The fact that, should he tire and take a nap, he’d die if his parents aren’t right there to keep him breathing. Well,...
katiecoyle replied to your photo: So, this is what I woke up to this morning. This is scary/hilarious, but i have to say that after we visited your apartment this summer, Kevin wondered [aloud] whether this happened ever. I wonder about it frequently, but that was the bookshelf of least worry. Namely because it isn’t two bookshelves stacked on top of each other as most of the others are. I...
Mary Karr tonight (!!!!)
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