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On Disrupters, Disconnectionists, and Dicks

Also, fun fact. At one point apparently, he was roommates with Cat Marnell. I'm not sure why I find that factoid fascinating.

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm 1

On Disrupters, Disconnectionists, and Dicks

This is a really great article that deals with the ambiguity of the issue (of connection in the new media landscape) really elegantly. However, one thing that sort of bothers me is leaping to the conclusion that his lion/squirrel metaphor automatically equates the WOMEN with the prey/nuts rather than the PLEASURE being the referent. Not that I am defending Nev, who may very well be a tremendous douche (if not something worse than that), but I sometimes get annoyed when people seem to willfully misread metaphors and get more offended than is warranted. This is on par with that Thomas Jefferson analogy of slavery being comparable to holding a wolf by its ears. I have heard people say, "Ugh! He compared black people to wolves! What a racist!" Now, of course Jefferson has a tremendously complicated and problematic relationship with race, and may very well be described as a "racist" by the contemporary standard of the term, but saying that he is comparing black people to wolves is a plain misunderstanding of his metaphor.

I somehow have a feeling this comment won't go over too well, but I'm crossing my fingers that someone will get what I'm saying.

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm 1

On A Song of Spice and Fire

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 10:58 am 0

On No Excuses: Responding To One-Handed Reviews

@beetnemesis Jesus Christ, what has happened to The Hairpin?

I've been enjoying the stuff that the new editors have been putting up so far, but this article is almost identical to something I saw on Jezebel. And the divisiveness and vitriol in the comments thread went right into Jezebel territory as well. I'm not saying there isn't ever a call for this sort of dialogue or language, but I always thought that back in the Edith days, The Hairpin unapologetically just WASN'T one of those times or places. And that's why we loved it.

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm 3

On I'm Very Into You: Chris Kraus on Kathy Acker

Ok, the part in "I Love Dick" where Chris Kraus (real or fictional, I realize it's ambiguous) admits that she was intimidated by some of Sylvère's past lovers and references a note from Kathy Acker that says something like "Best lay I've ever had" made me laugh out loud. And then wonder at just how pretentious a college girl I am. But mostly I laughed because it was hilarious and perfect.

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 8:02 pm 0

On How I Became an Adult Backstreet Boys Fan

Personal essays with adrift female voices composed in short, bitter-sweet vignettes are my happy place.

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm 0

On Overheard at a Labor Video Viewing Party

@Pandito I'm really hoping that this is a very convoluted joke wherein they are making fun of the concept of "Overheard at ___"-type posts, and not making fun of labor viewing parties by way of a generic "Overheard at ___"-type post. Please make that be the premise of the joke, because if that is actually a thing… I just don't know...

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 3:26 am 0

On Pregnancy, Week by Week

This is absolutely amazing. Is it weird that I'm hoping that there's a part II of this story?

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm 1

On False Dichotomy vs Who Cares

@AllisonWonderland Of course she hasn't read it. She can, however, freely talk down on it from her superior perch as a real almost-novelist who WRITES at the end of the day and is a FEMINIST, since a gendered critique of behavior and morality is the ultimate and only standard to which society should be held.

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm 0

On Writer Unable to Use Important Words Correctly

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm 0