Posts Tagged: life

Your Own Private Dungeon

I've just started looking for a new apartment and it's going really well.


The True Detective Emoji Puzzle

Previously: "I think we can do the whole show in emoji"






More Men I Might Regret Sleeping With Were It Not For the Music They Introduced Me To

Part FOUR: The Notwist

(Read parts 1-3 here.)

hurt feelings : listening pleasure = 1 : 7

It was 2005 when I moved to a small, East Coast town for law school and began exploring the mate-finding potential of the Internet. My classmates made for an instant but insular peer group, and field trips to bars yielded nothing of promise. I ended more than a few evenings assessing the tiny pool of local eligible bachelors from the safety of my own bed, doing zip code and interest searches for men of a certain age on Friendster. Although I wasn’t sure what to [...]



A friend of mine recently shared this comic, which is an amazing peek at what it feels like to be a woman and suffer the near-universal scorn of boys in geek culture. At least … I think it’s an amazing peek. I’m not a woman and haven’t experienced that unique brand of shitty exclusionism, so I can’t say for sure. I have lived through my own brand of exclusionism, however (at least, I believed I did, but more on that later), so I wanted to share my interpretation of why this happens.

Let me first make a few disclaimers. What follows are not excuses but possible explanations. The behavior is inexcusable, [...]


Kelis, "Breakfast"

I have returned from the land of breakfast tacos and 70-degree weather (Austin! What a town!) and I just wanna say, all of you living in cities where porches and breakfast tacos are normal and expected and a part of your everyday life, you've really figured things out and I'm very happy for you. For breakfast today: this wonderful new Kelis track, which she performed at SXSW last week at NPR Music's Stubb's showcase. Her album, Food, is due out in late April.

Some other highlights, very briefly: at Fader Fort, SZA, who told the crowd last year she was "homeless" in Austin and couldn't even get into any venues, [...]


True Detective in Emoji

Logan Sachon and I have been busy.


The A.R. Ammons Poem That Remains Relevant to Every Situation

If you are of two minds on anything in particular today, remember: you're never alone.

One can't have it

both ways and both

ways is the only

way I want it.

-A.R. Ammons

This poem is also the epigraph to Maile Meloy's excellent short story collection.


"I enjoyed listening to Madonna."

If you combine Mental Floss's "10 Rejection Letters Sent to Famous People" with Choire's Joan Didion Publication Timeline from a few years back, some version of serenity falls over you for about 27 seconds, and then it passes. But, hey, savor those 27 seconds. [Mental Floss]


How I Found Out I Didn't Have the Herpes I'd Been Living With for Four Years

This story is an update to this story, published here in April 2012.

Six months ago, I sat waiting in my gynecologist’s exam room chair, fully clothed and wishing I were anywhere else. At that particular moment, I’d even have preferred being naked and spread-eagled on the paper-lined bed. It’s not true what they say about the stirrups being the worst part of the ladyparts exam room: it’s the chair. Once you’re clothed and in the chair, it means you’re there to talk.

You never forget your first time debriefing with your gynecologist. Mine was four years ago, at age 22, when I sat crumpled in a chair [...]


What the Hell Should You Do With Your Life?

So you just graduated. Congratulations. Hopefully you spent the weekend patting yourself on the back. It took me eight years to graduate from college. And that was in the '90s, when the internet wasn’t even any good yet. But you got it done. And you deserve to feel the accomplishment of it. But you may be feeling something today, in this moment, that you haven’t ever felt before. Concern for your future. What will you be in five years, five months, five minutes? You temporarily experienced concern for your future when you applied for colleges. But there are always safety schools. Life has no safety schools, except maybe the [...]