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On Poetry: A Love Story

Oh, thank god. I struggled through the poetry section of my creative writing classes, seemingly the only person who wasn't moved by every poem in our syllabus. I've found poems nice or sometimes funny (mainly a Pam Ayres poem about a kid who doesn't want to go to school) but I never really *got* poetry. So nice to see that I'm not alone!

Also - 'He asked what I wanted to do with myself after college. I said I wanted to be a writer. He said, “Well, you don’t seem to possess any talent.”' BEEN HERE. One professor, at the end of our degree, sat with each student individually to talk about their career prospects, giving them advice and contacts and being generally helpful. When he got to me, he sighed, and then said "Well, you can probably just keep teaching dancing, right?". Umm, no, I did not plan on carrying on with my underpaying cash-in-hand dance teacher job after spending 3 years studying my arse off. Funny thing is, I'm still in the industry I studied for, unlike 99% of my fellow students. I wonder what goes through these teachers heads...

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 6:03 pm 0

On It Was Hard Out There in the '80s, Too

Oh, the hair! THE HAIR!

Joan Cusack has a whole skyscraper of hair that I keep rewinding to gaze at. How did she get it to stay there? HOW?

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 9:08 pm 0

On The Best Time I Lost a Tampon and Found My Cervix

@MissT123 I snort-laughed quite loudly at work reading that sentence because I have been in that situation SO MANY TIMES.

My sex therapist (yep, I have one of those...thanks vaginismus) says that I don't have a great relationship with my lady parts. I blame it on situations like this...

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 7:56 pm 0

On Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Most Kissable Hands of Pola Negri

THAT LAST PHOTO.

Just perfection.

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 12:13 am 0

On Writing, Depression and Learning How to Handle Attention: A Conversation with Allie Brosh

'Adventures in Depression' and 'Depression Part Two' changed my life. I'd never seen any perfect description of what I had been going through until then. Allie rocks, and I cannot wait to get my hands on her book!

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm 1

On Hard Out Here for a White Feminist

Thank you for this! When I watched the clip yesterday it made me uncomfortable, and I had a discussion with my fiancé last night about it and couldn't quite articulate why it unsettled me. He, for the record, was on Lily's side, and while I understand what she was trying to do, I think the execution was off.

I miss 90s music vids where it was just about dancing and not about "sexy" dancing. Give me the Spice Girls' 'Stop' video any day...

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 6:18 pm 3

On 30 Minutes with Christina Angela

@LunaLunaLunaMoth I totally agree. I loved that she drew parallels between the way she is treated in her profession and the way he may have been treated as a gay man. I came away from this piece feeling quite positive, but after reading some of these comments got confused (was I reading the same piece?). I'm glad I'm not the only one who enjoyed it!

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 12:49 am 2

On When Mimi Got Old

Swap the grandmother for grandfather and this was me four years ago this week. I was the last person to see Grandad at the nursing home before he died.

Beautifully written, Maddie. Much love and Internet hugs.

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 6:57 am 0

On We're All Jerks

...I kinda had negative "Eww, gross!" thoughts about Miley's tongue. *hands head sheepishly*

That being said though, I'm actively trying to work on being a positive person myself lately, especially on the Internet. It's way to easy to get dragged into that pit of criticism and contempt of others. So I'm not allowing myself to read certain blogs that make me cranky (or ones that make me feel bad about myself cos their lives seem perfect...different negative feelings, but negative feelings nonetheless) .

So this piece was awesome for reinforcing all of that hard, hard work it takes to be positive and uncritical. I totally agree that the "be positive" ethos is just...I'm gonna say maniacal, cos life is about good and bad and sometimes it's good to be negative and sometimes it's good o be positive and why can't we just have a bit of both? But it's nice to be nice, and it's nice when someone's nice to you (a co-worker sincerely and sweetly thanked me at work today for doing a task that was incredibly tiny and silly, and goddamn it was NICE!).

I'm getting all rambly now ("rambly" is totally a word, Autocorrect), but in a nutshell, great piece, Sarah!

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 6:43 am 0

On Mouthwatering Recipes from the March 1950 Issue of McCall's

@nothingcutesy Ohmigod, ohmigod, I found the one I remember from my childhood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PViyMxx33Gw
AUSTRALIA, WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING???

Posted on October 13, 2013 at 9:43 pm 0