On Animals Not Good at Hiding

@RocketSurgeon Ahhh!!!! No rhinos charged me, though I did accidentally wake up a lion by driving too close to him. (That one was good at hiding.)

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm 0

On Animals Not Good at Hiding

hiding under his own leg? Or yoga?

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm 0

On Reading Between the Texts: The Best/Worst Texts We Got This Year

I love reading these. So much.

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm 2

On Ann Friedman's Best Things of 2012

@laurel Me too please!

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm 0

On Woman Not a Fan?

@aintquite E-mail me! lililoof at gmail.

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm 1

On Woman Not a Fan?

@Danzig! I just wanted to jump in to say that my main issue with the article is its premise: it's a mistake to think the only way to affect culture or engage with it critically is thru explicit analysis. Anyone who's taught knows that lecturing is less productive than exposing people to primary sources and letting them decide for themselves what is and isn't spin, or bias, or, yes, sexism.

The point is that n+1's route is great--it's one I actually like. But it's not the only way to interact with an online audience in a smart way. There are others. For instance, give people women laughing alone with salad and let 'em laugh, and let them think. People are pretty smart. To mistake much of what The Hairpin does for shallowness or vacuous likability is to be, well, a little bit stupid. Not that the n+1 article is--it has lots of good stuff. But. To quote Michelle Dean, "I suppose I just wish "ladyblog" was not now viewed as a legitimate analytical category."

What I said to her, and what I hope is true, is that It's going to happen for awhile, in the same way that all gay characters on TV get compared. But it'll pass. People'll get used to idea that "mostly female" isn't a marked category that automatically dominates our sense of content.

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm 7

On Woman Not a Fan?

@Anne Helen Petersen Yeah--that's how I feel about the 17th century posts too. It makes my academic work seem worthwhile. This is interesting stuff, it deserves to make it out of the academy, and it's a huge mistake to think that the only way to intelligently critique--or affect--culture is through explicit analysis. People are smart. Put the stuff in front of them--especially stuff that gets marooned in Universityland--and let 'em delight in it, chat about it, whatever. There are worse cultural tragedies than people *liking* and talking about primary sources, be they 17th century broadsides, women laughing alone with salad, or actresses and the world that made them.

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm 9

On Woman Not a Fan?

@stonefruit I just have to pop in here to say I'm reading Batuman's The Possessed right now and I keep laughing my head off. She is amazing.

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm 0

On Ira Glass on Savage Love

@parallel-lines Oh. Wow. I did not know this. "Little ghetto girl"? LITTLE GHETTO GIRL?

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm 0

On Unmet Demands and the Eternal "Are You Sure You're Sure You're Sure?"

@LauraIngallsWildest You're my hero. Just FYI. For saying your piece, for taking the initiative when it's hardest to do, and for practicing owning the power to ask for stuff you want. We all need to practice that. I've been thinking lately that it's like a muscle. A You-Want-Something-So-Try-To-Get-It muscle. I've let mine atrophy for so long, sometimes I forget it's even there.

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm 3