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On Daisy, You're a Drip, Dear: Detestable Literary Characters Who Are Not Technically Villains

@The Lady of Shalott Agreed. More than ruining Scarlett and Rhett's relationship, what I really can't forgive Ashley/Scarlett's obsession with Ashley for is preventing her from realizing how much she loved Melanie, until it was too late. If she had realized years earlier that Melanie was worth 100 of her milktoast husband, those two could have conquered nations.

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm 15

On An Interview With My Mom

@cosmia I'm almost certain my mom's got some stories of being stoned (at Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple concerts, for example), but I've never asked her about it. Maybe I'll use this as the icebreaker for Mother's Day dinner this year!

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm 2

On The Agony and the Ecstasy of Having a Mother

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I'm really excited about what I have planned for my mom this year - her favorite author just released a new book and is doing a tour, so I got us both tickets to the event and a copy of the book to have signed. Nailed it.

@iceberg I imagine the first Mother's Day is really more of a Thank-You-for-Bearing-My-Children Day from the husband, so there should be some good loot.

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm 4

On Every Dating Problem, Solved: An Interview With Chiara Atik

@RNL Oh yuck, gross professors! I had one of these in art school - one of my figure drawing teachers chatted me up a bit after class, long enough to allow all the other students to leave, then told me he wanted to "paint me." Yeah right, like one of his French girls.

Maybe I wouldn't have been grossed out if I hadn't seen the way he painted women in his personal work - kind of the oil equivalent of overly Photoshopped swimsuit models.

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@cácamilis Is the position a creative one, though? (Just a guess, since it's at a magazine for teens.) If it is, I believe that you need to show a little bit of that in your outfit. Keep the shapes traditional - pencil skirts, blouses, slacks, etc - but have some pop of color or unexpected print. The advice I've always gotten for creative interviews is to dress a step up, but don't look too corporate.

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm 1

On Jim Behrle Wants to Know

@Hellcat This got me interested, so I googled it. Turns out the Lavender Mist is just a white orchid injected with blue dye! From an orchid forum:

"Using a small needled syringe, inject blue food coloring into the base of the spike of any white phal. within a week or two prior to the bud opening (depending on how much color you want--veiny or within the whole petal)."

Kind of robs it of specialness, but also means you could keep the look. The same forum also said that if you inject black dye, the flower separates it out and you get multicolored petals. I'm tempted to try it...

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm 1

On Jim Behrle Wants to Know

@cminor $40 is even way too much for an orchid, unless you're going with something really rare and exotic. If you just want to try the idea out, $20 will do it.

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

@KeLynn Go to one of the Meetups! It worked out for me, eventually. Admittedly, the first 2 groups I tried weren't a good fit, and there was one awkward evening where I was the only 20s person there, (at a dance class by myself...painful) But the third group I tried was great, and I've made a few genuine friends through it who I can now hit up for movies, or brownie baking, and its awesome.

I'd say try to look more at groups that focus on the right age group, rather than on specific interests.

Posted on March 9, 2013 at 1:14 am 1

On Loneliness, Mistakes, and the Inner Questionnaire

@wee_ramekin I really enjoy both, for different reasons. Yeah-elle's review is better than mine would be, so I'll just add that I agree that it got better a few episodes in. I almost gave up on it after the pilot (Sherlock was too much of an asshole to tolerate, at the start), but now Lucy Liu and JLM are wonderful to watch together.

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

@OhMarie Similar to your other stated interests, have you seen Clothes on Film? http://clothesonfilm.com/ They sometimes break down recent releases, but sometimes they examine classics, which I really enjoy.

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm 0