I met this world while my mother was watching Vincent Price in House of Wax, and made my debut “covered in gore,” according to my father.
There are five percent fewer babies spontaneously born on Halloween than on any other day of the year, according to a 2011 Yale study; researchers postulated that superstitious women must either clench their uteri tight to keep their babies in until All Saints’ Day on November 1, or exert and expel more righteous babes on October 30.
My own mother was super-relaxed and ready to push on Halloween because her own father, known as the Warlock, was also born on Halloween, 56 [...]
On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank received a red-checked diary for her 13th birthday, and wrote:
I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.
She details her other gifts with plain, sweet clarity:
You were the first thing I saw, maybe one of my nicest presents. Then a bouquet of roses, some peonies and a potted plant. From Daddy and Mama I got a blue blouse, a game, a bottle of grape juice, which to my mind tastes a bit like wine [...]
The magical Mallory Ortberg, also known her by her commenter name, "melis," is another year older, and sadly, probably another year further away from the days when someone would've made a sweet rap video about it. But we can try singing? "Happy birthday, Muh-LEEEASE?… Muh-LISSS? MELLLL-isss?… MELLLL-eess?"
The Awl family's newest sibling, The Billfold, is now live! Run by the talented and hilarious Mike Dang and Logan Sachon, of knife-arranging and lunch-making fame, among many other things, it's "Everything About Money You Were Too Polite to Ask." Having it, not having it, spending it, saving it, telling embarrassing or otherwise compelling stories about things done with or without it, and folding it into cranes (stay tuned). Go check it out, it's younger and prettier than we are. Here, give them this delicious-looking apple! (They're also on Twitter and Facebook!)