I live in Massachusetts and I collect octopus necklaces.

On A Rear Window Decal of You, Two Cats and a Big Pile of Money

I was super shocked that a) the "piles of money" comment didn't link to this XKCD strip, and b) that the piles of money ARE APPARENTLY A REAL STICKER NOW.

(I don't have a car. Can I stick a million different decals on the windows of the subway cars?)

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 10:35 am 1

On Talking to Anne Helen Petersen About Leaving Academia for BuzzFeed

OH MAN this is SO EXCITING but also kind of sad! Leaving academia is hard, especially when the whole culture of it is set up in so many ways to tell people that leaving makes them an enormous failure. (Speaking from personal experience, here.) But the job market is just atrocious, particularly in the humanities, and I congratulate AHP on finding an out and taking it. Loans won't pay themselves.

Also, the idea of public outreach is so important and it's so interesting how people handle it. One of my best friends from grad school is in classics and juggles teaching, research and writing, and a lot of social media work - she blogs about her teaching, her work, and additional fun stuff like reviews of classics-inspired movies. But it's more work, and I do sometimes wonder if people think it's a mark against her """serious""" scholarship to be talking about how Centurion is a very silly film that still touches on some important themes about the conception of boundaries.

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm 1

On 18 Brides in a Year

Hot damn, Jia. <3

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm 1

On How the Nutcracker Wrecked My Christmas

I really, really liked this.

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm 0

On December 13th Now and Forever to Be Known as Beyday, a Celebration of Excellence, Surprises and Grown-Ass Women



Posted on December 13, 2013 at 9:31 am 2

On DJ Earworm's "United States of Pop" Mix Is Here

My favorite DJ Earworm mashup - one of my favorite mashups of all time, one of my favorite SONGS - is "No One Takes Your Freedom". Scissor Sisters, the Beatles, George Michael and Aretha Franklin. BEST. The individual page is down but it's about halfway down this page.

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm 3

On Estate Jewelry: Millennial Octopi and The Perfect Handle for Your Parasol






Posted on December 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm 9

On Pairings By Profession in Notable Romantic Comedy Films

Aspiring Filmmaker
Awful Guitar-Playing Deadbeat


Posted on November 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm 6

On 10 Years, Actually: Sarah & Karl, Jamie & Aurélia

These are both absolutely perfect, even if Sarah's breaks my heart a little. But it works out in the end!

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm 1

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

Number 5 is my favorite, if only because I really hope somebody asked him why he was coming from Jersey when Peter Parker lives in Queens.

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 9:48 am 1