WELCOME HALEY WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE.
Thank god the pie charts are *circles* of statistics.
@katiechasm So sorry, if you send us your address we will return your time in full.
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.)
Tom Junod's "Opinions Of A Boner," ladies and gentlemen.
@FlufferNutter Jia, pls distribute these Built-in Shock Proof Bullshit Detectors for all. I would love to buy it in an ETSY SHOPPE.
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.
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/
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.
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.