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 «... →
Twentysomethings Need Their Own Sesame Street →
“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?)
Reading Club: America's prudish literary... →
A question I have pertaining to Sweet Valley High Senior Year: what happened to Winston? We’ve explained away Lila, Todd, and Enid, yet I recall no such thing for our favorite class clown. (Which, bee tee double-u, I much prefer Andy as class clown. He’s very endearing.)
You know what the absolute best part of my life is? I’m going to go watch “Jessie’s Song” for the eight millionth time, and it counts as doing work. And if I’m feeling extra ambitious, I can toss in The Best of Gilda Radner.
Harriet Brown's Brave Girl Eating →
I’m not sure you actually have to read the review because the most logical answer is get this book and then shout about it from the roof of your home/workplace. This is super important, you guys.
Mentor: A Memoir by Tom Grimes →
There I go, writing reviews again. (This was one of those books where it seems like I did not read the same book as other people who reviewed it. Oh well.)
Nobody owns 9/11, and the World Trade Center site... →
The smart Dutch take on teen sex - Broadsheet -... →
I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that...– Joan Didion (via quote-book)
Every story in life worth holding on to has to have a spirit line. You can call...– Gail Caldwell, Let’s Take the Long Way Home
The classrooms and the smart girls
[“Yeah, but this time we’re seniors.” “And we’re going to rule the school.”] Growing up in a military area, I went to schools that saw their fair share of new kids. I was always fascinated that a) no matter who they used to be, they could potentially be someone different and b) that might not have been entirely true because new kids always seemed to get...
My world has a lot of maybe in it.– William Stafford
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