@bureaucrab Haha I love this. Like trying to take a dick daguerreotype?
Raising my hand on loving this feature SO. MUCH.
Perhaps someone has done this and I have missed it, but I would LOVE to see a skit that transports the type of crap that happens via texting in pre-texting eras. As in, it's 1973, and a guy actually calls, barely speaks in sentences, and ends every statement with "haha" or "lol." Or better yet, it's 1873 and some dude takes and develops a selfie and sends it in the post.
By yeah-elle on Friday Open Thread
guys guys guys
i dunno if you've been following my friday open thread ongoing saga of my brain-eating crush on a friend...but anyway, after ages of agonizing and chickening out, i FINALLY ASKED HIM OUT. and he said yes!!!
i chose perhaps the most embarrassing, ridiculous way to do it, though. we were hanging out and when we parted ways, he went to a cafe, and about 2 minutes after saying goodbye, i was like, nope, i can't do this anymore. so i went to the cafe, busted through the door, tapped him on the shoulder, and was like WANNAGOOUTONADATEWITHME. hahahaughh wow it's lucky he said yes.
anyway our date is tomorrow and i'm about to expire from nervousness and excitement even though i've seen him twice since i asked him out and there's a lot of shy smiling at each other and general giddiness, phew.
@leonstj I had a fantastic prof in school who had us read a ton of feminist criticism of Hemingway and I'm ever after disappointed by the easy popular dismissal of Hemingway as nothing but macho bullshit. There's lots to dislike about the man personally but so much of his writing is in fact all about the limits and sorrows of the patriarchy for men and women, about the substitution of violence for engagement with life, nature and love. I still find him terribly relevant.
@MashaNigel That's a ridiculously distorted representation, though. For starters, she writes about pretty much everyone (adults and strangers too), it's her observations both good and bad (and in-between), and a huge part of the plot is her dealing with the fallout from when (spoiler alert!) another girl takes the notebook and reads it out loud to their entire class.
Also, I'd like to meet the person who kept a notebook/journal/diary when they were 11 and didn't ever write something unkind about a peer.
What an awful, snarky article. I really hope the writer hasn't read any of those works since she actually was a kid, because her interpretations are so far off.
Let me just say, that growing up in my family's tiny, thin-walled, centipede-infested walkup, the adventures of Eloise--who had free reign of a fancy hotel, didn't have chores or go to school, and got to jet off to fabulous places like Paris, and never had to fall asleep listening to her parents fight about money down the hall--were a wonderful escape. Excuse me for a being a sad kid with fantasies. (Honestly, Eloise was what I graduated to when I got a little old for princesses and magic.) I also am pretty sure she's intended to come off as bratty and entitled, at least to adults. Like, I am 100% positive that at no point was Kay Thompson like "yes, I have just created the best, most inclusive role model!"
Also, you don't get throw around words like classism and then go on to reduce the central issue of To Kill a Mockingbird to fucking boredom. That's right, folks, the whole court case Scout's father gets involved in is just a red herring!
GUYS the great thing about advice is that we all still do whatever the F we want anyway right? i am a small lady who drinks approximately ~8000 drinks per week and i value my right to place mental health > physical health OR fun > mental + physical health on certain occasions but i also like being reminded that it is quite deceptive to own wine glasses that are the size of my head
@crocuta I just feel like the criticism "everything is made of chemicals, so you're wrong to imply that chemicals are automatically bad" is usually disingenuous. We know what she means. Chemicals and chemical additives created industrially and put into food or used as its primary constituents. That's like saying, "I don't understand why you are so against drinking ammonia just because it's 'chemicals'. Water is made of chemicals, too!" It's taking a statement as its simplest, most decontextualized form and making fun of it for being too simplistic.
By leonstj on We're All Jerks
The weird thing is how strange it is to not be a jerk.
Like, I am trying to be a nicer dude in general, cuz I'm sarcastic and negative too much. And so, once way earlier in the year, I emailed a few online blog editor/writers I like and just tell them "Hey, I like what you write! Thank you!"
I'm not a writer or anything looking for a freelance leg-up, and I don't do any kind of anything that anyone is ever going to write about or I'd need good PR - I'm just a guy that works a job, a total consumer - and it just feels so weird to write nice things to strangers for no reason at all.
I think sometimes maybe it's extra-weird because I'm a dude and some of the people I want to be like "Hey! I think you are awesome!" to are ladies who are strangers, and there's a whole thing there & I totally get why that would maybe make them uncomfortable, and that's kind of a bummer, but I get it (haha editors of this weblog you two would have gotten letters last week if I wasn't always terrified of seeming like a weirdo for this reason) but even with like, other dudes whos writing I really enjoy, it's the same thing.
Why is it so weird for adults to send other adults fan letters? I feel like if I did a creative thing, there is nothing I would like more than some person saying "Hey, I liked that thing you did. Specifically the part about the otters (or whatever, it isn't always about otters.)"....and yet, it feels so alien to write, it might end up feeling creepy or like "What does this person want?"
Ugh, I'm not a hippie or anything (I don't like hippies, I enjoy being jaded and making jokes and making fun of things) but it's such a total bummer that most negativity isn't just in jest but is for real straight up negative-ness and greedy and shittiness and that being mean is just so much easier than being nice.
@stuffisthings That's been on the table this entire time. It still is. The same handful of politicians keep fighting for it (Dick Durbin and now Elizabeth Warren) and it moves along at a glacial pace. It assumes a functioning political system that cares about this issue.
I find it insane that I can discharge past due child support and gambling debt, but private student loans are completely off the table. And that only became law in the early 2000s due to heavy student loan industry lobbying.
I wouldn't even want to claim bankruptcy. But bringing that protection back would finally give borrowers a bargaining chip.