The Julieanne Smolinski essay was indeed excellent. Thanks for recommending it!
@needsmoresalt Oh, I agree about the "hara kiri" part as well! Levy's piece does lay a lot bare, but it's more likely it'll be taught in literature classes (though maybe not Gilmour's) than it'll hurt her literary rep (except for that random "Mongolian AIDS" mention).
This is off topic, but Ariel Levy "almost became" a mother? She had a baby. It seems incorrect to say she isn't a mother just because her baby died. But I really liked this post otherwise!
@aphrabean Definitely not just you. The "girl talk" comment makes him seem like a controlling asshole. ALSO, while I admire her willingness to talk about her mental health, it I don't see how she's overcome her problems. That's fine, but I don't like that she and her bf feel they should be advising other people how to live. Spending all of your time "taking care" of yourself seems awfully depressing to me, honestly.
This book is the fucking best. I'm glad it's getting the attention it deserves.
@nina! I interpreted the article as being more about her performance overall. To me, it did seem racist. I was bothered by the fact that it appeared that she or whoever was in charge had chosen back up dancers that all had a similar skin color and build. It just seemed very much like using their particular physical characteristics as accessories, which is the same way I felt about Gwen Stefani's Harajuku girls. And they were dressed as (dancing) bears! Aime Cesaire would not be amused, is my guess. I don't know. I hate to be so easily offended, but the whole thing made me uncomfortable.
I'm so sick of people acting like shoplifting is fucking cool. I kind of hated this piece in general, but I really don't understand the need to admit to shoplifting like it's no big deal. If something doesn't belong to you, don't fucking take it. You're not settling some score or being anti-corporate. I know that's not the point of this piece, but I just hated the weird bragginess of her list of "bad" things. Also, it's a pretty girl trick, so the author's obvs super-hot, because she gets away with so much? Ugh.
Can she write a second book about how to turn dog shit into clay?
I really love your writing style. So...keep it up, I guess.
I feel like I'm the only person I know who legitimately likes The Mindy Project. I think she's such a funny actress, and I like Danny and Morgan.