When I was in college I wrote columns for the paper. They were fairly political, and I was a huge lefty. My grandmother, who attended Nixon's inauguration and was a staunch Texas Repub, was not wild about them. I wrote one particularly left wing one and she sent me this BRUTAL note talking about how she "thought about writing the Editor directly, but decided I'd write you instead. It's time we separate the wheat from the chaff..." totally tore me a new one, politically. I called my dad and read it aloud to him and said something like "DUDE. SHE'S MY GRANDMA. SHE SHOULD BE BAKING ME COOKIES!" I heard nothing for a week. Then I got an unmarked package in the mail with no return address. There were six dozen cookies inside. No note.
I didn't realize how much I missed this feature until just now. Thanks for bringing it back!
This is amazing. Good for her, good for you, and even good for him for learning even a little bit. I hope Raisin continues to be kind but never cowed.
this was lovely!
Okay, I just recreated my account to say: c'mon, Pinners, this site is fucking TRYING and "wah, this sucks, I want my old Hairpin back" is just so disrespectful to the obvious efforts of Jazmine & Co. So New Hairpin, for the record, I have the greatest respect for your determination and spirit to recapture the essence of the Old Hairpin and make it your own.
As for "where did everyone go", well...I migrated over to The Toast because I enjoyed Nicole Cliffe's writing style and found the site playing host to a really wonderful comment community so I pitched my tent, bought the T-shirt, etc.
I know The Hairpin had a few rough years when they sadly waved goodbye to some really talented writers, and perhaps that explains the "ghost town" feel in the comment section: Laws of attraction, y'all. But sweet baby Jeebus, give The New & Improved Hairpin a chance. And lastly, if a writer from a sister site like The Toast can be inspired by 2011 Hairpin posts (perhaps Mallory is free-rolling off it and giving it her own special spin, who really knows) then for goodness sake, why can't The Hairpin do the same, ESPECIALLY SINCE IT WAS THEIR ORIGINAL IDEA.
@tofuswalkman OK, but if we're trafficking in these kinds of observations, wouldn't it be also, if not more, important to remark how perhaps The Toast developed their version of the "x in art" post from The Hairpin? I'm not making any accusations, but to "fourth the sentiment against plagiarizing ideas" is a strong statement, hating meant or not.
@octagonfudge Not a ripoff: http://thehairpin.com/2011/08/painful-groins-in-art/
@tofuswalkman Not plagiarism!! Lili has been writing a close-up of "Stuff in Art" series since before The Toast launched: http://thehairpin.com/2011/08/painful-groins-in-art/
@AmandaElsewhere Oh whew! Because this definitely isn't plagiarism. Lili has been writing this series since before The Toast launched: http://thehairpin.com/2011/08/painful-groins-in-art/