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Happy Birthday, Zadie Smith

“Reading through these pieces, though, I’m forced to recognize that ideological inconsistency is, for me, practically an article of faith…I keep on waiting, but I don’t think I’m going to grow out of it.”


A poem by Leopoldine Core.

Free Pep Talks!!

Come and get ’em!

Jorge Ben, “Menina Gata Augusta”

Let’s spend the weekend in Montreal.

Hairpin Q&A!!!

What is your favorite city, and why?

Risky Business

“The emergent theme—that life is a never-ending series of unintended consequences—is a bit of a bummer. Although probably a healthy bummer to consider.”

Julie Doucet, “My New York Diary”


Nao, “Bad Blood”

Bad, bad blood.

The Best Body Horror Movie That I’ll Never Watch Again

“I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it. But now the dream is over… and the insect is awake.”

Six Workout Routines I Have Considered Patenting, Ranked

Keep fit and have fun.

The Cost of Taking Up Roller Derby

If you know someone who plays roller derby, you’ve probably seen someone excitedly tell you the things I’m about to tell you: Being on eight wheels is awesome, almost anyone can learn to skate, and everyone who plays roller derby lives and breathes it.

Ask Baba Yaga: Is It Possible To Truly Love My Partner If I Know I Could Do Better?

Is it wrong to be with someone you think is wonderful if you believe you could be with someone better?

Peaches, “Set It Off”

“Peaches made me feel so much better about my hairy self.”

Dancing Badly

No regrets!

“Get Up, Stand Up”

“Any large social movement is shaped by the technology available to it and tailors its goals, tactics, and rhetoric to the media of its time.”

An Episode Of A Teen Television Show That Still Gives Me Nightmares

I still love a heavy-handed teen soap opera more than any other kind of television show.

Monks, “Higgle-Dy Piggle-Dy”

Way down to heaven.

Careers I Have Recently Considered, Ranked

Exploring some options.

A Few Reasonable Suggestions For The Upcoming Season Of “Gilmore Girls”

Richard Gilmore rides one of those self-balancing wheelboards. Just that. For 90 minutes.

I Declare Today A Canadian Holiday