By causedbycomma on Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board

It's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and I refuse to believe it is your favorite book... :(

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 5:06 pm 2

By Lady Humungus on Bloodfeast: Scary White People Tacos

Hah - I've always called these "Mom-style tacos". My mom whips up that Ortega taco dinner kit, with MILD salsa. It's the most exotic recipe in her repertoire, other than "chicken cacciatore", which for her consists of boneless chicken breasts over spaghetti with a jar of Prego dumped on top.

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm 1

By Anne on Bloodfeast: Scary White People Tacos

Every time we have tacos at the folks house, my dad tries to tell us how much easier everything would be if we had a lazy susan. #whitepeopletacos

My boyfriends likes to put salsa and melted velveeta into a bag of doritos. #whitepeopletacos

I ordered veggie fajita tacos in Iowa once. The veggies were the freezer bag vegetable medley--peas, carrots, corn. #whitepeopletacos

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 1:36 pm 2

By LilyB on Not That Kind of Death: An Interview With Caitlin Doughty

@LilyB Wait, actually, I think the casket WAS open, because I seem to remember the comment being made that Grandma looked good, better than she did in her last few weeks alive, and Auntie wanted to remember her this way, looking peaceful.

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 9:39 am 2

By Anne on Not That Kind of Death: An Interview With Caitlin Doughty

My family can do whatever they want with my body. I'll be dead. We're a donate-the-organs and cremate-the-body type of family, and I'm cool with that.

The best was after my grandfather passed, we held on to his ashes forever--waiting to family to be in town, waiting for the ice to thaw, waiting for everything, essentially, to line up in order to scatter his ashes. When the day finally came, we were out on the boat and said some nice things. My uncle opened the cardboard box and *PLOP* dropped this shrink-wrapped dust stone into the water. It bobbed away and we shrugged our shoulders. Close enough.

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm 3

By Jaya on Not That Kind of Death: An Interview With Caitlin Doughty

I think one of the main fears of zombies (and possibly of dead bodies) is that separation between body and self. That this could be the body of your sister or your husband or your child, and yet not them, because they are lifeless or lunging toward you to eat your brains. Either way it's familiar and unfamiliar.

And I definitely want either natural burial, sky burial, or that thing where you're left in a field and scientists get to study how the body decomposes.

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm 2

By tofuswalkman on "You Win, Or You Die": On the Women of Game of Thrones

@rathermarvelous frankly i found your comment more interesting than the original essay, which seems to barely scratch the obvious surface of this pretty involved topic.
interesting how, as you say, cersei internalizes, embodies, and yet despises the patriarchy of westeros. although she doesn't identify as male, she wants to act as male, literally reenacting things men around her have done. i'm thinking of the scene where she seduces a woman just as robert would have, becoming a reincarnation of him just as she has before with her drinking, getting fat, having affairs, etc. there's a lot more to say about this!

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm 4

By Shara on April Horoscopes from Galactic Rabbit

FINALLY!! And thank GOD everything's going to be okay.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm 1

By j-i-a on Four Months Alone on the Pacific Crest Trail

@AT man I wonder if anyone's ever said that to Myla before

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm 6

By Danzig! on Talking to Anne Helen Petersen About Leaving Academia for BuzzFeed

@katherine There are a lot of good reasons to excoriate Buzzfeed (taking on a "no haters" editorial policy when deontological journalistic ethics are already shitty enough is what gets me personally) but yeah, none of them are espoused in that OP. Luckily we can ignore it!

I mean, good for AHP. She's a good writer and I hope that Buzzfeed proves worthy of her. There are no jobs that people can be too good to do, only employers that can be unworthy of their staff. Shame on them, tho, that they couldn't invent an editorial position for her. They've got a fucking billion, what's one more?

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 4:25 am 3