On Lucy's Conquests

I think we can all learn more about reading people from our dogs.

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm 3

On A Requiem for Molly, The "Archived" American Girl Doll

@Lucienne I loved, loved this article so much! And I totally agree that the themes of the books, which did introduce me to labor rights and feminism (among other things), were over-shadowed by the consumerism encouraged by the catalog.
But I also identified with Samantha more than Molly. Maybe it was because my grandparents stories were about surviving the war in Europe, I didn't have the same frame of reference about the home front. And seeing a spoiled young girl begin to grow a social conscience was much closer to my own experience (and something I'm glad I was exposed to at that age.)

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm 0

On Our Squid, Ourselves

Thank You, More Please!

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 11:37 am 0

On Field Trip!

@Amphora You like Mahwah better than Buttzville!?

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm 1

On Field Trip!

Whenever I meet other native NJians, I always ask them if they grew up reading Weird NJ and what urban legends/ ghost stories they grew up with. NJ is a weird, weird place.

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm 2

On What Is Most Millennial?

Holy Shit, something I haven't thought about in 20 years!

Now I know what the Game of Thrones opening credits always reminded me of!

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 6:32 pm 0

On 8 Headlines That Sound Like Upworthy, But Are Simply Attempts To Express My Withering Contempt For That Collective of Neo-Liberal Douchebags

@sarpmiller I think the confusion between "liberal" and "neo-liberal" is from the fact that almost none of the people who have this worldview would call themselves "neo-liberal" and so it's a label that's been affixed to them by political theorists. It's also a world-view that is so prevalent in American culture that people who wouldn't even describe themselves as "political" nevertheless espouse these views. Also because "liberal" in the US means left while in Europe it means center-right.

(Also, thanks for writing this article! My friends think I'm a Marxist revolutionary when I talk about this stuff.)

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm 1

On 8 Headlines That Sound Like Upworthy, But Are Simply Attempts To Express My Withering Contempt For That Collective of Neo-Liberal Douchebags

@Ramonita Neoliberal in the 2013 colloquial sense has evolved past the economic policies of Friedman and Hayek. It's more about a mindset that some (many?) American twenty and thirty-somethings have that entails believing free-market capitalism can be used for social good and ignoring the inherent inequalities of a capitalist class system. There's definitely a neo-colonial component to it too (see: voluntouring.) I would argue that it's different from neoconservative thinking which, calls for maintaining US hegemony through military force, while neoliberalism calls for upholding US hegemony through free-market trade (and by ignoring/ denying that it is doing so.)

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm 9

On Which Name Is Weirder, Saxby Chambliss or Barkevious Mingo? The Answer May Tell You Whether or Not You're Racist

@Count Chocula Can we retire the Lemongello and Orangello story too?

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm 1

On A Very Rare Look Inside the Lisa Frank Headquarters

@kfizz Yes, it is me!

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm 4