Posts Tagged: boys

Adventures with UPS Man

N.B.: My beloved UPS Man is very good at his job and represents his company very well and he brings me things and I love him.

I have a very special, very intense, very secret, very unrequited and ongoing relationship with the very attractive UPS Man who brings me packages nearly every day. I love UPS Man most during the spring and summer when he wears his brown polyester shorts and he speeds up the hill toward my building, music blaring—often classic rock. When he steps out, his thigh muscles flex and I think, “What can brown do for you?”

I have many answers to that question. Most of said [...]


The Satanic How-To Guide to Exalted Girldom

In Double Trouble, book one of Francine Pascal’s seminal 1980's Young Adult series, Sweet Valley High, series protagonist Elizabeth Wakefield is slut-shamed by proxy.

Here is how it happens: Jessica Wakefield, Elizabeth's twin sister and the series antagonist, is having it out with Bruce Patman, the son of one of the richest, most corrupt families in town. Patman's father plans to turn the Sweet Valley High football field into a public garden, and the good-looking scion tells Jessica, “Hey, when it comes to having a disgrace in the family, just consider your sister, Elizabeth, the pub-crawler.”

"Pub-crawler." If we were to translate this term away from its Sweet Valley white-bread code, [...]


"Give Me Five Minutes, I Need to Go to the Toilet."




Notes on Notes to Boys: A Conversation with Pamela Ribon

In Pamela Ribon’s recent, very funny, moving memoir, Notes to Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn't Share in Public, the author looks back at her many teenaged letters to her crushes, examining them from her current-day vantage point. I really loved it (so much that I included it here), and as a lifelong journal keeper with my own history of cringeworthy meanderings, wanted to know more about what inspired Ribon to examine her younger self in this way — and what she learned about not only “Little Pam” but also Current Pam, and writing itself, through the course of creating the book. Luckily, she was kind enough to answer [...]


Thank You, Mindy Kaling

"Boys are adorable. Boys trail off their sentences in an appealing way. Boys get haircuts from their roommate, who “totally knows how to cut hair"… Boys can talk for hours with you in a diner at three in the morning because they don’t have regular work hours. But they suck to date when you turn 30." —Mindy Kaling wrote us a book. MINDY KALING WROTE US A BOOK!


NKOTB Is Mostly 41

"All nine boys will get together for the first time": New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys will be touring together next year, and are still being referred to as "boys."


Adventures With Gym Man

Story by Jane Hu, illustrations by Hallie Bateman.

Based on very true events.


A "Perfict" Boy Is Hard to Find

This girl knows it's never too early to face reality and start crossing things off your "haves" list. "OK, I guess he can be fat, as along as he's funny and sort of tall." Pretty much.