And hanging out can be marvelous. But hanging out does not make one an artist. A...– David Rakoff, “Isn’t It Romantic?”, Half Empty I mean, aside from Rakoff’s general brilliance, it’s just about damn time someone said something about the ridiculousness of Rent and the act-like-artists that seem to fill every city I see. Parts of this essay could be...
An Important Message from Ellen About Bullying -... →
There are few things more moving than when people like Ellen DeGeneres and Dan Savage get choked up. (You can hear Savage two podcasts ago.)
I ask this in complete sincerity: what is it like to be an introvert?
And what do you think? Gay soldiers are getting something out of the deal? ‘Hey...– Amy Poehler “Really” (via tlmonahan)
keepcalmanddonteatacupcake: i hate living in pittsburgh because i am the only one who could care less about the steelers. I am frequently given to grocery shopping during Steelers and Pens games. Namely because this means no one else is there.
beingelena asked: Your blog is lovely, I just spent a good half an hour browsing :)
Finally watching the season premier of Glee, and I have to ask: do other countries have a city they mythologize the way we do to New York?
In praise of dead white men – Prospect Magazine «... →
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“I’d also like to see a new puppet called Management Company who is just a big walking building that punches you and takes your money.” - Anna North
A literary map of Manhattan →
This is, without a doubt, the best, geekiest, most fantastic waste of time. Requests: definitely London.
America's True History of Religious Tolerance... →
The Least We Can Do - Magazine - The Atlantic →
It Gets Better →
Dan Savage’s It Gets Better project. The is so incredibly super important.
Culture Death Match #2: Tom Bissell vs. Sarah... →
Culture Death Match pits Salvatore Pane against Amy Whipple in a point, counter-point battle royal. Today’s bout has them discussing the merits of Tom Bissell’s “Grand Thefts” and Sarah Vowell’s “Ike Was a Handsome Man”. Both essays are about obsessions, and while debating video games and politics, Amy and Sal stumble onto the subject of authority and just which writers are granted authority.
This morning I
ran down Forbes/Murray, totally rocking out to the Laverne and Shirley theme, much to the delight of the greater Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
Gene Weingarten - Goodbye, cruel words: English.... →
I have paper on my walls with crayoned outlines/notes/various thoughts about my thesis. It might be getting a little Beautiful Mind in here, though. (At what point do you guys realize my cat is a figment of my imagination?)