Hairpin pal Chiara Atik is over at Vulture today, making the case that the Little Women were the original Girls: "The characters of the show are analagous in a way that suggests these four girls — the writer, the responsible one, the sweet one, and the wild-child — are time-honored archetypes for American women, rather than products of their creator’s imagination. Or maybe American society and American girlhood just haven’t changed that much in the past 150 years." [Vulture]
Edith Zimmerman: Frequent traveler and Wikipedia enthusiast Chiara Atik just took a trip to Paris for Christmas and New Year's, which she chronicled on Tumblr and Instagram, inspiring both jealousy and vicarious delight. Chiara! Did you stay in one place or did you move around, hotel/apartment-wise?
Chiara Atik: One place! AirBnB. I think I'd be too lazy to move around, but that seems like a cool way to see different parts of a city. It was so nice to have an apartment there, though, to grocery shop, hang out on the couch, and just feel like a local for a week.
The Ministry for Boyfriend Review, first established on the sly by an anonymous suffragette in 1918, has spent 94 years serving tirelessly in the field of boyfriend management and evaluation. Until now, the Ministry’s process was rigid and secret: the concerned and curious best friends of women who date (questionable) men would hear of our services through a network of female acquaintances. These upstanding best friends, who always know what’s best but are practically never listened to anyway, would send file folders of damning evidence (photographs, receipts from the couples’ dates out, testimonials from friends and witnesses) to the Ministry for evaluation. Officials would then examine the evidence, judging [...]
Episodes One through Four of The Hairpin's eight-part Kindle Serial "An Experience Definitely Worth Allegedly Having" are now available in full via Amazon. Excerpts from the first three episodes can be found here, here, and here. (And: more info here.)
I’ve been a dating writer for the past three years. It’s not something I set out to do, really, but I liked writing, and had been on dates, and those are apparently the only real qualifications you need.
Being a dating writer consists mostly of encouraging people to date: spurring them on through their pursuit of love, and acknowledging that, yes, the process is [...]
Edith Zimmerman: Okay Chiara. Just respond with "…." if I ask you a question you probably get asked all the time, and I'll picture you staring blankly at me with your BIG AND BEAUTIFUL eyes. Question one: Would you describe your eyes as big and beautiful?
Oh, I’m constantly describing my eyes as big and beautiful to anyone who will listen.
Question two: Isn't it crazy to write about dating, don't your dates get weirded out when they find out what you [...]
5 Wikipedia Entries for When You’re Feeling Possibly Receptive to the Idea That Ghosts Might Exist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belchen_Tunnel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moberly-Jourdain_incident http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenheim_Poltergeist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachelor's_Grove_Cemetery http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Morgan
5 Wikipedia Articles for When You Want to Take Your “Walking Dead” Costume to The Next Level
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incorruptibility http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premature_burial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felicia_Felix-Mentor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercy_Brown_Vampire_Incident http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necromancy
5 Wikipedia Articles for When You Find Yourself Wondering About the Historical Accuracy of 'Hocus Pocus'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malleus_Maleficarum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moll_Dyer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Sherwood http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_name http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Talbye_Trial
Hello! I'm excited to announce (and encourage you to buy!) the travel anthology "An Experience Definitely Worth Allegedly Having: Travel Stories From The Hairpin." It's a Kindle Serial featuring eight longform, never-before-published non-fiction stories from eight frequent Hairpin/Awl-world contributors: Carrie Frye, Jim Behrle, Maria Bustillos, Anne Helen Petersen, Chiara Atik, Nicole Cliffe, Jenna Wortham, and me. Each story takes about 10 minutes or so to read, and the whole thing costs $1.99. From the Amazon description:
Like The Hairpin, these essays are funny, weird, adventurous, and moving. There are stories about following a mysterious stranger’s maps in Mexico, attending endless step aerobics classes in Buenos Aires, faking a terrible [...]
Chiara Atik: Edith. You just got back from a trip to London. Did you see Kate Middleton?
Edith Zimmerman: Haha. No! But I never stopped looking. Not EVER!!!
You organized this whole thing pretty quickly, right? How long between buying the plane ticket and actually leaving? Was it easy to do on a whim?
Ha, yeah — let me tell you about the totally relatable trip to London I took on a whim! I mean, part of that is because I can work remotely and don't have a lot of other things going on in my life, so, pros and cons, I guess. But yeah, sometimes I get frustrated working from home [...]
Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman is a book about feminism, but it’s also light-hearted and reasonable and very, very funny. (Qualifiers that are evidently necessary in 2012, when only a lowly 29% percent of American women feel comfortable using the word “feminist.”)
I interviewed Caitlin to ask her about how to be a woman, but, more importantly, how to be a feminist in 2012.
When I was reading the section in your book in which you talk about how younger women are hesitant to use the word “feminist,” I thought to myself “Yikes! At least this isn’t a problem in New York City!” But then last night [...]