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On Mary Gaitskill Is Not a Fan of Gone Girl

Always super tedious when someone writes a takedown of a thriller that's sold a billion copies. Oh, it's so brave of a critic to pretend they're better than everyone else! After the point where it makes any difference! Like all those Da Vinci Code/Twilight takedowns, by people who'd clearly never read a conspiracy thriller or teen romance in their lives, claiming they were the worst books ever written. They were perfectly adequate examples of genre, and writing a late-stage review to the contrary makes it clear you only read the 3 books a year you see on the front pages of a newspaper.

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm 4

On The Crossword Puzzle: Where'd The Women Go?

Great article, thanks!

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 10:08 am 0

On The Crossword Puzzle: Where'd The Women Go?

@Father Brown The Guardian has a beginners' guide I found useful. http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/series/cryptic-crosswords-for-beginners
Their Quiptic is also pretty easy- after I'd read a few of the blog posts I was ready to have a go at it.

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 10:08 am 1

On "At what other moment in history would it have been plausible for a serial killer to identify middle-aged white men as his most vulnerable targets?"

@muralgirl Didn't you think the father-son relationship WAS pretty 'zeitgeisty' though? The father who is unemployed, can't pay child support, but is overly emotional to his children, constantly texting and gets miffed when his almost-grown up children don't immediately reply? I mean, it certainly reminded me of my own father, and others of my acquaintance. Seems like other times the choices for fathers have been 'there' or 'fucked off', not so easily halfway.

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm 1

On Protect Yourself from Specious Zoo Fraud by Perusing These Majestic Photos of the Serengeti Lion

If someone was trying to take a photo of me shagging, I'd probably make that face too.

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm 1

On Other Rolling Stone Covers

Bit confusing that the women from The Hills have been placed underneath the strapline 'Inside a $25000 a night escort service'.

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 11:34 am 6

On Livestream of a Door

@Briony Fields Have you watched the Abbey Road livefeed? I find it very soothing.
http://www.abbeyroad.com/crossing

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 9:15 am 0

On Jay-Z, "Holy Grail (ft. Justin Timberlake)"

I love the vocal, but the title is annoying me. Why is it called the Holy Grail without using that metaphor in any way? Unless that bit about code is a ref to The Da Vinci Code? And why is the album called that? How are those 2 things related at all? SO MANY QS

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 9:45 am 0

On You're One in Eight Million

This was great. Although I do think you need to keep hanging out with the not-going-to-friends past once? Knowing people, even if they're not-going-to-be-friends, is one of the best ways to meet the going-to-be-friends.

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm 5

On What Is a Summer Jam?

I define it exclusively as Summer Jam, by The Underdog Project. I was really taken with it when I was 13, it shall never be usurped.

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm 1