On Hysteria and Teenage Girls

Very interesting article! The analysis of The Beatles' lyrics/songs makes me wonder how you'd account for the hysterical reaction The Rolling Stones received from young female fans in the same time period. Many of their songs weren't sweet at all. Of their early hits, "Satisfaction" isn't sensitive in the least and "Under My Thumb" is pretty hostile toward women (or at least the woman the song is about). Is the "bad boy" image enough to inspire hysteria, too?

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 2:10 pm 0

On False Dichotomy vs Who Cares

@TheGenYgirl Yikes...I am sorry my comment was the impetus for yours.

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 2:07 pm 3

On False Dichotomy vs Who Cares

Have you read "MFA vs. NYC"? I'm curious if your criticism is of the actual content of the book, or of what you perceive it to be about and how you don't want to read it because you don't care for the premise. It sounds like you're saying the latter. I have only read Emily Gould's terrific essay from the book, but the description of the book on Amazon mentions that the book brings together people to talk about the "overlapping worlds" of MFAs and NYC, and I wonder if the book actually makes the same point you make that MFA and NYC are not mutually exclusive.

I understand what you're saying about "writering," but if you want to understand the business behind making a living as a writer, why not read about perspectives from the two most prominent paths to getting published/paid as a writer in the U.S.?

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm 0

On An Interview With a Mom of Triplets

Great interview! I once had a coworker who was the mother of (college-aged) triplets. When she first told me her three kids were triplets and I said the typical, "oh, wow," she also said, "And you wouldn't believe the questions I got when we first had them! Some people have even asked me if I did in vitro." I was so glad she said this--I think it's a great tactic. I can't imagine that I would have asked her that question myself, but it made me instantly aware to never ask that question of her or anyone else--and without her having to reveal personal details about her pregnancy one way or the other.

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm 3

On Beauty Q&A: Remember Crystal Gayle?

LW4: I think you should call your doctor's office and ask them this question. The answer may depend on what kind of Retin-A you were prescribed (the gel or the cream, and I think there may be different strengths available, too?) and what condition your skin is in. Retin-A can be really harsh on your skin.

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm 1

On On Finally Watching "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon"

@Nicole Cliffe Can't wait!

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm 0

On On Finally Watching "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon"

@area@twitter Ah, then I look forward to Nicole's review of Bad Boys 2.

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm 0

On On Finally Watching "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon"

Is there any cultural significance to this movie to merit a commentary on The Hairpin about how dumb/bad it is, well over a year after it came out in theatres?

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm 0

On Never-Complainers, Workaholics, and the Balding-and-Manly

@themegnapkin It's also relevant which city this guy is working in. If it's NYC, then 15 hours everyday might be accurate and everything else you said. If it's a smaller big city, this LW needs to also talk to her fiance about working more efficiently than he is now. My husband is a lawyer at a big firm in a big city (smaller than New York) and, yes, he works 10-12 hours on a normal Monday-Friday (if he's on a super busy case it could be 15+ hours a day plus long weekend hours, but with an endpoint in sight). I think 15 hours everyday either means he's at the worst of the worst soul-crushing NYC firms, he's on a case that is about to go to trial, or he is working really inefficiently. LW needs to talk to her fiance to understand what his yearly billable hours requirement is (it sounds like he is on track to bill 4,500+ hours, which is ridiculous) and to understand if there is an endpoint (is it a particular case or partner that is the problem? does he want to do this for the long haul?), or if there's something he could do differently. Partners and associates at big firms in big cities work long hours, but they also take time off for major life events by setting limits. Their spouses/partners deal with it by understanding how much of it is unavoidable and how much they can refuse to accept.

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm 6

On Friday Open Thread

@reebs14 That's awesome. Though I am usually a cynic, I have a severe soft-spot for late 80s/early 90s TV show theme songs. They're surprisingly very inspirational (and easy for all voices to sing to)! My favorite is the theme to Perfect Strangers. I have never seen any at a karaoke place, though!

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm 1