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On Sleepy Songs

Damn Rich, nice taste! MBV and Yo La Tengo? Riiiiiiccchhh!

Add some Galaxie 500 and Cocteau Twins, and then a little Bon Iver to pretend like you didn't stop listening to new music after 1999, and you have just created the perfect Persimmon Sleepytime Mix.

Posted on November 24, 2011 at 2:08 am 0

On Potential Babies

@Diana Jesus Christ on a cracker, thank you! I was so irritated by the end of this piece, wondering why, on the Hairpin of all places, we were pretending never to have heard of abortion. "Fuckin' abortions, how do they work?"

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm 1

On Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Paul Newman, Decency Manifest

@Slapfight She did Marlon Brando, and it was awesome! He wore jeans!

Posted on November 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm 0

On Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Paul Newman, Decency Manifest

Please, please, please, PLEASE do Hedy Lamarr! She was so gorgeous and cosmopolitan and Nazi-fighting and SMART and did I mention utterly and completely gorgeous? Pleeeeeeaaaase?

Posted on November 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm 0

On Kids: Worth It? and Game Day Etiquette

@Bambi Was your friend OK with your husband watching a cell phone for the whole time? I have to say that sounds pretty rude to me. If it were my birthday, I'd prefer for the game-watcher to leave early or come late. Or just stay home altogether if the match is that important to him; we could always make plans to hang out another day.

The Thanksgiving thing: football is enough of a Thanksgiving tradition that I don't think it would be out of place for him to watch at least some of one or both of the games. He should take periodic breaks, though, to check in with the family.

Posted on November 12, 2011 at 2:20 am 0

On Kids: Worth It? and Game Day Etiquette

@S. Elizabeth I have the same thing, but it's been going on for longer than a month for sure. I'm in my mid-30s, and that biological clock thing is kicking in -- I've never wanted children, but all of a sudden see only babies everywhere. It's like my body is betraying my mind, and I DON'T LIKE IT.

Posted on November 12, 2011 at 2:07 am 0

On Don't Tell My Boys I Love This Song

"I Touch Myself" by the Divinyls. I can't help singing along to that song, embarrassing though it may be. And neither could any of the girls in my entire senior class; it was on the jukebox in our cafeteria (I know!), and playing it was the quickest way to channel 100 disparate conversations into 1 gloriously sexy-nasal singfest.

Posted on November 12, 2011 at 1:28 am 0

On How to Enjoy Wine, or True Things vs. Total BS About Wine

@gimlet I AM A VODKA DRINKER AND I WILL FIGHT YOU.

Posted on September 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm 0

On How to Enjoy Wine, or True Things vs. Total BS About Wine

@florabora I'm about to get all didactic -- I can't help it, I love busting out what little wine knowledge I have! Anyway, colors: the most common whites you will encounter are Chardonnay, Sauv. Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Grigio (a.k.a. Pinot Gris -- same grape, totally different style of wine. I personally hate Grigios & love Gris), Gewurztraminer, Viognier, & Gruner Veltliner. Anything with "blanc" in the name is a white. Anything else you can *usually* assume is a red. In general, your lighter reds (read: less likely to give you a headache) are Pinot Noir & Gamay.

Pink wines are pink because the red grapes have rested not quite as long on their skins. You can make a rose out of any red grape, of which zinfandel is one (and one of my faves. It's also I think the only grape indigenous to America!). There are some seriously lovely roses out there, and any wine person these days who dismisses them as a whole is either snobby or faking.

French v. American: French wines are drier (ESPECIALLY their whites). French reds are usually a blend of grapes; the blend is determined by the varietals that grow in the region. Examples: a Burgundy is generally a Pinot Noir (these could still be headache-y wines because of the way they're made), and a Bordeaux is almost always a blend of 5 different grapes that I will not name here because I am starting to become ashamed of my wordiness.

Hope this has been helpful to you and not just fun for me!

Posted on September 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm 2

On How to Enjoy Wine, or True Things vs. Total BS About Wine

@parallel-lines I may very well be talking out of my ass here, but maybe a less tannic red would be better? I get the headache plus a stuffy nose with more tannic reds, but I've had better luck with the ones that haven't rested as long on their skins (the skins are where the tannins and the color come from, which is why most people don't have this issue with whites). Usually this means buying American (I've had good luck with Russian River and Willamette Pinot Noirs); the more fruity, the less tannin. A Beaujolais -- the lightest French red -- could also work.

Posted on September 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm 1