On Ask a (Terrifyingly) Clean Person: Oozing Gourds, Glue Mishaps and Food Coloring Woes

@Jolie Kerr JOLIE!!! how lovely to see you at the hairpin again.

I need to scrub the bathroom tile with bleach today, so i'll definitely be thinking of you (and keeping the window propped open).

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 2:22 am 0

On How We Eat

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) What time of day would this person eat Nutella if not at breakfast? maybe they aren't aware that you can spread it on toast and not just eat it from the jar with a spoon.

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 6:26 am 0

On An Extensive Catalogue Of Bodily Impulses

@houseplant I don't think that Harrison meant to imply that the book was written specifically to scandalize Anglos - what she says is that Roche is kicking back against Anglo-American hygiene habits as encouraged by the Anglo-American hygiene industry. Which are things that affect the culture of pretty much all European countries despite our differences - we have the same multinationals telling us we need a special type of razor for sensitive lady armpits (which increases the sense that it is mandatory to be shaving them), we share a whole body of visual culture that affects our understanding of what is the normative beauty regimen.

Harrison does have the sense that Germans are less squeamish about their bodies and bodily functions than Anglos - i'm surprised she didn't trot out the old comparison of toilet shapes - but she seems pretty aware that the book was written to be shocking in Germany also.

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 6:56 am 1

On A Weekend Roundup and a Goodbye

@Bette: Sparkles for Everyone

+1 on the tagging, it's a skill and an art.

hope you have a great time at Jezebel, Emma!

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 10:37 pm 1

On It's the Anniversary of Susan B. Anthony's "Illegal" Vote

@snakelet I don't understand -- are you suggesting that we shouldn't have to read a quote which makes it obvious that SBA said and believed racist things? I kind of feel like that would be more of a problem, morally speaking: that would be to fictionalise her into a paragon. (and then, of course, we in time could 'discover' that she also believed and said racist things, and then decide that she is in fact an ultimate monster and nothing she did was of value because of her moral turpitude.)

Isn't it essential that we be willing to talk about the fact that people can hold opinions that are morally unconscionable to you or i, and also simultaneously do things that are great or noble or advance the course of human freedom?

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 11:29 am 0

On What Is the Deal With Bees Right Now

@AnnieM can i suggest you NEVER investigate the episodes in which a swarm of bees attack some hornets because they are beyond nightmare fodder.

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm 1

On Vampire Diaries Author Now Writing Fan Fiction For Her Own Series

I wonder how much of the idea for the WSJ article came from the Awl piece on LJ Smith from a couple of months back...

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 3:34 am 0

On A Butt Load Means 491 Liters

@ru_ri the british poet laureate also traditionally receives, annually, a hundred pounds and a "butt of sack". Poets need their wine!

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 7:05 am 0

On "PRODUCT DETAILS: This attachment for your bath will hold your beverage in a wine glass while you bathe."

@KJZ special wine, real good wine

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:45 am 3

On Multilingual Gibberish

@katzenklavier yeah, I think too much familiarity with the languages in question kind of ruins it - the Japanese contained consonant mixtures that aren't normally possible (and the clipped bits of it had a rhythm more like Korean) and that threw me entirely.

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 6:23 am 0