On In Defense of an Unlikable Protagonist, When the Unlikable Protagonist is Yourself

This piece is interesting, but it would be a lot more gratifying if you actually wrote about your bad deeds, rather than just writing about writing about them...someday. The specific beats the general any day. So. More, please.

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 6:03 pm 1

On Excerpt from Dumb #6

Wow, this is good. Very good. The confused tangle of thoughts...yeah, I can identify.

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm 0

On Excerpts From The September 2014 Vogue, Presented Without Commentary

@CaitlinRenee I would love to read those captions! But, having been a women's magazine fashion caption writer once upon a time, I bet that Joan's lines sound exactly the same as everyone else's. The whole job is to make every story, every caption, every headline sound like it's coming from the same person. It's a thankless job ...

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 7:14 pm 0

On Excerpts From The September 2014 Vogue, Presented Without Commentary

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) I know the writer is saying whatever, thank god boots are in because remember when sandals were in for winter and michael kors said it made you look rich to wear sandals in winter because rich women are never in the elements, but now we can have warm feet because boots are in.
But that sentence! "Life before boots" ... like, what the middle ages? Roman times? The dawn of civilization? When were fucking boots invented?

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 7:10 pm 0

On X-Files Red, Not Lohan Red: A Haircut Trauma

@commanderbanana OMG, right? I cannot look away from her. Plus the accent and the clothes! So chic. She's always been a favorite of mine, now more than ever.

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm 0

On X-Files Red, Not Lohan Red: A Haircut Trauma

@Ramonita The hairdresser sounded like someone I'd like to be friends with. So I didn't think it was mean spirited. But then again I was a huge Taylor Dayne fan!

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm 0

On Too Emotional, Too Sensitive, Too Much

I don't think men are judged less harshly for being emotional in public…in fact I might say the opposite is true. Men are expected to be stoic at all times, in all situations.
Imagine an adult man crying at his desk after a presentation goes horribly wrong. Imagine how harshly people would judge him.
I say this as a pretty emotional man, who was an extremely emotional child. It was hell. I couldn't even express sadness around my family, let alone my peers, teachers, etc. I think there are more emotional guys than one might think, they've just been hiding it longer.
Emotional expression, particularly of the sad sort, just makes people uncomfortable whether it's coming from women or men. People can still tell when I'm upset, I can't hide it that well, but I've learned to tone it down and even to joke about it…because in the end I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable, even if it means not fully expressing myself.

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm 0

On Hi Comma; Bye, Comma

@Onymous Can't get enough semicolons! I love punctuation too much. I overuse it.
I love punctuation too much; I overuse it.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm 0

On "In the Dead Girl Show, the girl body is both a wellspring of and a target for sexual wickedness"

Can't wait to read this as I am both fascinated and repulsed by these shows. It's the mystery I love, the slow unwinding of characters and secrets. I hate that it's always a beautiful young girl, though. Men get murdered too, men have secret lives.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 2:08 pm 2

On Interview with a Woman Who Recently Discovered She Loves Group Sex

@wryredhead Did we read the same piece? Sounds to me like she really enjoyed herself.

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm 2