On "The sexual narratives we absorb in youth are formidable, formative": What's Your All-Time Most Erotic Book?

Hahaha oh god, my formative years were spent reading Harry Potter fanfiction. Pretty tame stuff (relatively speaking - I was a late bloomer ...), but still. Can I blame all my romantic failings on that now??

I also read the Last Vampire series by Christopher Pike in middle school, but I had to do a lot of googling to remember what they were called, so they obviously didn't have as much of an impact on me ...

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm 0

On Lesbian Vocabulary, U-Hauls, and the Family That Comes Out Together

Please more Ask A Whoever columns, Hairpin Powers That Be, please!! They're what got me into this site in the first place but they've been SO sparse lately and it really makes me sad. :(

Going to go actually read this now but had to get that out there first.

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm 26

On Party for 60 Minutes with This Xaphoon Jones Triple J Mixtape

In my book, Xaphoon's greatest achievement is making this MGMT/Bob Marley mashup.

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 10:23 am 0


I'm still stuck on the latest Fiona Apple album, to be honest, and will probably (happily) never get un-stuck. But I've really enjoyed Daft Punk and Daughter, too.

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 4:50 pm 0

On The AARP Pie

@iceberg I'm only 26 and I have, more than once in the 4 months since my birthday, forgotten my own age. And with a birth year of '87 I have to do semi-complicated subtraction to figure it out ... whyyyyy.

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm 1

On Jill Came Tumbling After

I'm hipsandhearts!

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

Pinners, what do you do when you feel like you need a vacation from your own brain? More than anything else it feels like I'm in a somewhat dysfunctional relationship, and if it were in fact a relationship I would already have done the "we need a break because everything you do is starting to get on my nerves, let's not talk to each other for 2 weeks" or whatever. Which is unfortunately not an option here. I am just getting sick of myself, which is sad because I normally think I'm super awesome!

I have been dealing with it by smoking a lot of weed but it's probably not the healthiest alternative?? Yoga has not really helped either. I feel fine when I'm with other people (and when I'm stoned/drunk) because I have something else to focus on, but whenever I'm alone it's like this neon marquee of unhealthy, unhelpful thoughts is going through my head over and over again and it makes it tough to motivate myself to do anything besides, like, mindlessly surf the internet. Or smoke weed.

I don't even have anything to be particularly stressed about beyond my perennial foreveralone-ness (which I have dealt with mostly-successfully for 26 years now) so I'm just like ??? brain what are you doing? Did one of my RAM slots suddenly stop working or what?!

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm 1

On Angelina Jolie: "My Medical Choice"

@fata morgana PLEASE do it!!

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 11:16 am 3

On The Friday Night Pie

@sarah girl That's a subset of the by the "too high to move" wedge for me. Yes, I do have great coping mechanisms, thanks!

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 4:40 pm 4

On "The tragedy of Obama's presidency is that he's too much of a Ravenclaw and not enough of a Gryffindor."

CRYING AND DEAD, I'll be haunting the toilets alongside Moaning Myrtle if you need me.

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm 10