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On Seven Months Alone in South America

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm 0

On Of the 124 Authors Who Made the 'Times' Top 10 Bestseller Lists in 2012, Only 3 Were People of Color

@queequeging Yeah, Chilean is not an ethnicity! This reminds me of a while back when someone (maybe After Ellen?) did a list of hottest ladies of color or something along those lines, and included Penelope Cruz.

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 3:34 am 0

On A Post-Lunch Tab

@H.E. Ladypants Yeah, I mean, I'm glad Rolling Stone is doing a piece about it, but this isn't surprising to anyone, right? Is it? Maybe it is.

That said, I've been a vegetarian for more than ten years now but the piece is renewing my periodic desire to cut back on dairy and eggs, so I guess this kind of thing is useful even if you are pretty well informed.

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm 1

On Maria Bello: "My feelings about attachment and partnership have always been that they are fluid and evolving"

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose [oh my god, right?? When my girlfriend was like, "Hey, Maria Bello came out in the New York Times" my only response was "Came out of where?"]

Best of luck to Maria et al.; I hope she and everyone she considers a partner have many happy fedora-ed years ahead of them.

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm 0

On Now That I'm Married, I Only Use Crystal

@The Dilettantista Oh, I don't think the tone is judgmental. We all know people like this, and they're funny/infuriating.

People who love you usually want to know how to get you things to celebrate your wedding that you will actually love and use. Nothing wrong with a registry for that exact purpose! I think the people who use registries for eeeevil are the ones who (A) only register for extremely $$$$$ things or (B) expect their guests to give them certain stuff. That's the person this piece is mocking, not you! Registries are fine, really!

(Can I share a story here? I have a friend who was a bridesmaid for an extremely fancy woman - we all met at a very fancy college where some people were middle-class and some people came from Serious Money. The bride came from Serious Money and the least expensive thing on her registry was an $800 cake knife.)

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 4:37 pm 3

On Two Sides of Christian Fundamentalist Adoption

@j-i-a I feel the same way - spanking didn't scar me or anything, but I wouldn't spank my own kids if I had any.

The Hana Williams story is so sad. I wonder how these people are allowed to keep collecting kids. If it were cats, they'd be called hoarders, but I guess children are all right? Awful.

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm 0

On Two Sides of Christian Fundamentalist Adoption

@j-i-a Yeah that was so weird! Although as a former kid who was spanked (very occasionally) growing up, I guess I don't think of spanking as that big of a deal, even though I think there are better ways to discipline kids. My dad told me recently that he regretted it, so there's that.

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm 0

On Two Sides of Christian Fundamentalist Adoption

Wow, I mostly just feel sorry for the biological kids of that family in the NYT profile - it seems like the oldest daughter (probably not coincidentally) got really, really shortchanged by her parents' fondness for new kids.

International adoption is a complicated thing but I confess I mostly just feel gross about it.

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm 0

On Writing, Depression and Learning How to Handle Attention: A Conversation with Allie Brosh

ALLIE BROSH. I'm so excited for her book! And I really enjoyed this interview. Her posts about depression are still the best explanation of what it's like that I've ever seen, and I'm really glad she's feeling better now.

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm 0

On "I Collected My Offensive Hat and Prepared to Leave"

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose That is an amazing costume idea. Mad props.

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm 0