By Jia Tolentino on Please Welcome Haley Mlotek


Posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:19 am 2

By 16472748@twitter on Please Welcome Haley Mlotek

Thank god the pie charts are *circles* of statistics.

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:10 am 2

By Emma Carmichael on Relax. You're in Los Angeles.

@katiechasm So sorry, if you send us your address we will return your time in full.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm 7

By talie on Leighton Meester on playing Curley's "bitch, tramp, tart" wife: "If she is truly harmless, why is she so threatening?"

I saw Meester in this role and she was fantastic. I was likewise shocked by how many people laughed at all the insults slung her way, and even laughed at her violent death. It caught me totally off-guard, since I assumed the view of her as a tragic character was pretty universal.

She's blamed for ruining Lenny and George's dream, but right before Lenny kills her, she's on her way to escape to a better life too (she runs into him in the barn with a suitcase under her arm). Why doesn't anyone (in the audience) seem to care that her dream of escaping the ranch was also shattered - permanently, unlike George/Lenny who still have a chance?

(That all being said, I wonder what the reaction would have been with a young audience had the lead actors not been Franco and O'Dowd. Kind of hard to make teenage girls side with anyone but Franco.)

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 11:12 am 3

By or Elsa! on 42

Tom Junod's "Opinions Of A Boner," ladies and gentlemen.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 1:08 pm 2

By rebecca the brave on False Dichotomy vs Who Cares

@FlufferNutter Jia, pls distribute these Built-in Shock Proof Bullshit Detectors for all. I would love to buy it in an ETSY SHOPPE.

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm 1

By Lyz Lenz on False Dichotomy vs Who Cares

Yes! This. This is such a silly self-involved conversation that the writers seem to behaving with themselves. And I'm this market. I'm a Millenial writer, who wants a book. (Join the club, folks!) But really, it's a false dichotomy, truly. I feel like it's all hand wringing and lamenting. Spare me. Give me a good story. Also, I think it carefully weeds out all the good writing that happens in the middle. But I do love the Emily Gould essay.

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm 3

By Mandolin on Engagement Chicken, Three Ways

All I can think about when reading this is The Toast's take on engagement chicken: http://the-toast.net/2013/11/18/engagement-chicken-a-short-story/

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm 2

By TheBelleWitch on "The truth is, the ten or twenty minutes I was somebody’s mother were black magic": Ariel Levy's "Thanksgiving in Mongolia"

Another recommendation on preterm birth that is similarly harrowing but with a happier outcome: Kelley Benham's Pulitzer-finalist piece on her 4-month premature daughter.

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm 2

By smartastic on A Conversation With Adrienne Truscott, a Performance Artist Doing a One-Woman Show About Rape

"There's two guys, and you, so which one of you is a rapist? Cause if we're talking about this room, one of you had to do it, cause you can't rape yourself. How do you feel?"

Wowwowowowowowowowow. Yes. Thank you.

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm 18