the year in highlights

Ann Friedman's Best Things of 2013

Best Thing I Transported in a Suitcase This Year: 10 lbs of frozen halibut

Best Thing I Transported in the Back Seat of My Car This Year: One large tumbleweed

Best Thing a Classic Sci-fi Actor Called Me This Year: “Ann Freedom”

Best Thing I Overheard at a Wedding This Year: "He's got moves no grandpa should have.”


The Best Accidental Stories Told Through My Google Search History

happiness (1/04, 3:35 a.m.)

flavor blasted goldfish + what flavors? (1/25, 10:45 p.m.)

team jacob + abs + “happy birthday” (2/09, 9:39 p.m.)

party planning as a job (2/12, 1:43 a.m.)

jokerman font (2/19, 8:13 p.m.) beckett + genetic criticism (2/19, 8:13 p.m.) samuel beckett + genetic criticism (2/19, 8:16 p.m.) jokerman font + 32pt (2/19, 8:17 p.m.)

what are all the dimensions? (2/20, 1:46 a.m.)

jon hamm + esquire cover (3/04, 4:43 a.m.)



I got a new phone after losing mine on New Year's last year, and these are the last lines of every conversation I have saved in it.


Got my phonenumbeeeeer back!

What time you leaving? Quick drink before?

Great, thanks, it may be easier to just order some new pants though.




Sounds Great

Up to anything?

Awwwww. Leaving in 5


Ok. See you soon.

400 dollars


ok we're home!


sounds good xoxox!



Got it

Aw ok


It was nice to meet you, thanks.

I was at that last week hope work schedule lets me go again


Def, have a [...]


Things I've Replaced With Olive or Jojoba Oil

Butter Exfoliants (when combined with brown sugar) Moisturizer Conditioner Face wash Makeup remover Cigarettes Family The internet Reality


The Best Things I Learned About Vinegar This Year

I got laid off unexpectedly this year, and while it’s been a stressful, ego-crumbling experience, it’s also allowed me ample time for soul-searching and psychological inquiry and watching back-to-back episodes of 'Revenge' on Netflix.” (Btw, doesn’t Madeleine Stowe look amazing?)

While some of it has been terrible, there are upsides to having so much free time. Consuming every TV show known to man is one, and dressing like the lovechild of Steven Tyler and Mary Kate Olsen is another (my apartment is cold and I really like scarves, okay?). But you can also learn a lot about things from hours spent searching Google. Important, life-changing things, things like Apple [...]


The Best Things Christian Women Told Me About Sex This Year

Sex and evangelical American religion have a lot in common: Both are weird and personal; both inspire prescriptive, reductive public dialogue; and both are used as conduits for ecstasy, punishment, comfort, self-satisfaction, and pain that can turn into pleasure. When I was a teenager going to music festivals for the first time, I’d watch crowds of people throwing their hands up and feel like I was back in the mega-church where I grew up, a congregation in the tens of thousands that boasted a decent house band and a massive worship center I called the Repentagon. Recently, I disturbed myself by realizing that the name I’ve said more than any [...]


The Classiest Classic Movies I Revisited This Year

… for free, or near-free, via Amazon Prime.

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Gary Cooper, I forgot what an endearing dolt you are in this movie. I forgot how sheepish you look when hungover and rumpled. Jean Arthur, I forgot how snippy and delightful you could be, and how great all the Vermont jokes are. I forgot that I could actually stomach a Frank Capra film, and even like it. And full-length silk man-pajamas, sweet lord, I forgot how hot you could be.


The Best Thing I Drove This Year

I’ll be the first to admit it: I got upsold. The Hertz folks gamed me good, rolling me up into a Camaro for an extra $12 a day. I couldn’t afford not to do it.

Besides, I was in Las Vegas — immediately leaving it, in fact — to drive to a friend’s wedding in Zion National Park. There’s something about being a single man, alone, driving through the desert in an American muscle car that appeals to every Hunter S. Thompson-esque fantasy about debauchery and excess, and wide open spaces and scary, winged half-bat-like creatures attacking you as you zoom past the red rocks.

This being a new [...]


The Best Things We Substituted This Year

Mariel Fiedler and Lindsey Leonard, "The Best Things We Substituted This Year"

Previously: How to Cope With a Break Up.

Mariel Fiedler enjoys substituting pleasure for exhaustion and is taking the plunge into independent audio production. Irregular news @MarielFiedlerLindsey Leonard is a regular shopper at Pretty Girl and has substituted self hatred and financial worry for New Age music and unabashed joy.


The Best For Me But Worst Overall Ghost Encounter This Year

My girlfriend and I were enjoying some beers (nice) as we made dinner together a couple of weeks ago.

"Hey," she says, and I look over from cleaning some dishes. "Did you do this?" Her beer bottle's label has been completely removed, not a rogue strip or glue remnant in sight. I say no, and she says she didn't either. We test another bottle to see if we can even recreate such a clean tear job. Not possible. But surely I'd done it, she's convinced. "This is the worst prank anyone could ever pull." OKAY, neither of us did it, let's put it behind us and enjoy "The Sopranos" like [...]