You have a point, the fact that people generally aren't hateful in the comments is probably one of the reasons people like this site so much. I know it is for me.
@mirah I wrote the comment above yours, which for me was super snarky. I actually felt regret after posting it but can't figure out how to delete it. I make it a habit of trying not to bash the work of other women, I feel like the rest of the world is ready to knock us down anyway so why pile on?
I think the reason so many people felt strongly against this piece is that at a time where so many people were struggling in the face of a horrible financial crisis, this writer was offered opportunity after opportunity. And not in a field that traditionally makes money either, but in writing. I think it rubs people the wrong way that instead of ending her piece feeling more regret and self loathing, she was able to shrug it off and keep on carrying on. I think if the author had written about wasted opportunity and debt but it was framed in another way, like drug abuse, people would have been less raging... but to be given opportunities to be a writer debt free, and to waste it? That brings out the hulk in a lot of people.
I think it is brave of the author to put herself out there and admit to the world that she has made some colossally stupid decisions. Seriously, that farm house bit, oof.
But really I get the feeling this author hasn't had a very exciting life, and her writing really reflects that. Not just this piece but others that I've come across. You clearly have enough talent to get as far as you have in academia and more importantly, have supportive parents. Maybe set your sights higher than finding a husband who fits your ideal and a house decked out in labels.
I'm not trying to be mean, trolling online is not my jam. But I come to the Hairpin because I want to read about the adventures of interesting women, the kind of women who go hiking for 6 weeks by themselves. Bold women. Not women who have life handed to them on a platter and still somehow manage to cock it up...
@Rock and Roll Ken Doll
Sorry for the super late reply. I actually just use a blender, middle of the line, maybe 35 quid? I think a juicer would just take out the fibre which is part of my motivation for consuming so many greens.
I don't notice the taste or texture of the spinach at all when I drink it. The recipe is, milk on bottom covering the blades + 1 raw banana broken into chunks + 2 big handfuls of spinach + frozen berries.
Serious question. I can eat all the veggies (currently drinking half a bag of spinach in smoothie form) but NOT kale. I cook it lightly in oil feeling pleased about my dietary choices. Then I am full of regrets and painful gas. Am I doing this wrong?
Man I read the opening sentences and thought, oh that sounds like a lovely topic, but I'm sure it'll be for people without food allergies, why bother. But no! You get it! Totally going to print off those gluten allergy cards for my next trip.
You're a gifted writer. That was beautifully written.
@possiblepodbot I know she said blue on vid but they look greenish to me. It looks a lot like Mint Green by Barry M (not sure if they have that in North America)
@likethestore I feel you, currently out of the country but living in Canada turned me into a recluse unibomber style.
@Bus Driver Stu Benedict I believe you. I'm from one of the cold bits in Canada and I think the coldest I've ever felt was being in a poorly insulated house in India for the winter. No heat, no insulation, damp air. Brrr....