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On The Trouble With Reader-Shaming: A Y.A. Book List

@pollypeachum Oh man I LOVED Catherine, Called Birdy, I had forgotten about that book.

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 11:07 am 0

On What I’ve Learned About the Weddings I Remembered

Can I just say I'm semi obsessed with the outfits here? The magenta wrap dress with vintage earrings! black wool minidress with buttons up the back!

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 9:40 am 1

On This College Graduation Season, Give the Gift of Eggs

Link to BW is broken

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 2:10 pm 0

On You Are Not a Descendant

Oh I really love this. I know exactly what you mean about getting mojo from ancestors who aren't famous, just tough as nails. I had a really, really hard winter this year and I remember feeling better whenever I walked by the Irish famine memorial in downtown Boston...like, my ancestors stuck *that* out, I can handle this. (I'm descended from the poor slobs who actually stayed in Ireland through the famine and came along to the U.S. much later.)

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:39 am 0

On Mad Men, Season 7 Premiere: Is This Where the Fire Starts?

@sophi I don't think she's going to get murdered, personally, but I'm super excited to see what they do with all that atmospheric, Joan Didion-esque creeping dread. Mad Men absolutely excels at building dread and anxiety and then never allowing it to really climax as much as people simply move onto other distractions...which is maybe not as satisfying, narrative-wise, as a murder or Don jumping off the roof, but a lot more true to life.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 10:46 am 0

On Late Show With Not A Man

WHOA sorry an early vote from whom exactly? Chelsea "Uganda Be Kidding Me" Handler should not have been given a TV show in the first place, she is spectacularly unfunny. There's SO many funny women working in comedy and TV now, c'monnn

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm 3

On Potato Nightmare

@sulpicius subuculus I also have questions about this!! I trim those little baby sprouts off potatoes all the time before baking them (and I eat the skins!) Is that not ok? Just how spoiled does a potato have to be to KILL YOU? :(

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm 0

On Talking to Heather Doney and Rachel Coleman About Child Abuse, the Quiverfull Movement and Homeschooling Policy Reform

@TenyaLuna It sounds like we had a super-similar experience with homeschooling! I would characterize what we did as a mishmash of Montessori/Waldorf/John Holt. (I eventually went to public school, starting in 8th grade, but especially for a young kid, homeschooling can be paradise). But I think it's important to impose some sort of standards because I definitely knew families who were extreme unschoolers...like, "making muffins is the same thing as learning fractions!" Fwiw, my family did the portfolio assessment, which I always remember as being actually a really nice way to look at what we'd accomplished, set some goals for the year, and sit down and talk about it with a caring, supportive adult other than our parents (in my state you had be assessed by a certified teacher, we often did it with a family friend). It was not an imposition at all, although other states may be more stringent, I don't know. And unfortunately "Everyone I knew who had to take standardized tests as part of public school hated them" is not really a good reason to never have homeschoolers take a standardized test...those tests suck for everyone, but if you're going to pursue higher education, you're going to have to be prepared to take SATs, GREs, etc. I agree that they are lousy and don't measure real intelligence, but sadly just about everyone has to contend with them at some point...it's not fair to not prepare homeschoolers for that. Sorry for rambling!

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm 0

On Internet Work and Invisible Labor: An Interview With a Virtual Assistant & Publisher

Pretty sure the book where the virtual assistant is a key plot point is "Where'd You Go Bernadette" not "Gone Girl." Understandable because they have similar forms and I think a lot of people were reading them around the same time.

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 4:35 pm 0