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On This Is The Day Before 40

I'm 41, so here's my much older and wiser take: 1) Don't worry about Bhutan, your kids would hate it because there's no smoking. 2) Nobody short of Tom Ricks can really discuss the Middle East intelligently, so don't worry about that either.

The rest, you're on the hook for. Step it up, would you?

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm 1

On How to Have a Miscarriage

Thanks, all. Hearing all this is exactly why I wanted it to be out in the world. You're all very kind and I am glad it's helpful.

I also popped in to say that I munged my very own Twitter handle when I submitted this, argh. I'm @smellsofdetroit without the underscores, if anyone was wondering.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm 0

On Everyone Wave Goodbye to George Will

OLD-TIMEY PEZ DISPENSER. That is a Spy-worthy epithet. Well-played, madam.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 7:43 pm 0

On Being Maleficent

What worries me about this essay is that it nearly begs the question of whether evil is legitimately definable, especially as an intrinsic trait of a human being. The problem is less that women aren't allowed to be evil than that anyone gets characterized or reduced as such. Calling something "evil" walls off solutions to the problem presented by the behavior or event. What's the use in it, besides absolving ourselves of the responsibility to find the best solutions?

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm 0

On Stephen Hawking Published a Paper Claiming There Are No Black Holes

Maybe this question will illustrate just how dense I am, but how can anything be "infinitely dense"? I can't tell if that is something a science journalist trumped up, or if it's some sort of mathematical idea, or... ?

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 12:55 pm 0

On Depend on a Yes

Charming and funny and touching. More, plz.

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 8:44 pm 1

On Pass the Cranberry Chodes: Christmas, According to a December 1951 Copy of Woman's Day

@stonefruit SRSLY, this is one of the best turns of phrase I have read all year. Respect.

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm 0

On RIP to This Old Clam

You see a headline like "RIP to This Old Clam" on a site like the Hairpin and you get some strange initial impressions.

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm 2

On A Single Tear for Public Masturbation

I feel like the bigger revelation here is: When did Cosmo start hiring actual funny writers?

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm 3

On Q: Why Does This Grape Tastes Like Cotton Candy? A: Because It Was Genetically Engineered to Taste Like Cotton Candy

I would've said that, because these grapes stray so far from community standards for this type of fruit, they can only be considered statutory grapes, but then I remembered that grape jokes are never funny.

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 3:10 pm 2