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On Talking to Anne Helen Petersen About Leaving Academia for BuzzFeed

AHP, I'm so happy to hear someone I look up to as a writer and an academic voice the same concerns and disappointments I have with academia. The thing you said up there about how there are parts of academia that prize themselves on writing as inaccessibly as possible is so on-point. I loved every second of my graduate program but I chose not to go on for the PhD specifically because of so many things you list here -- particularly the practically barren job market waiting for you on the other end of your degree program. But the fact that really always nagged at me the most is that fundamental disconnect between the notion that education should be accessible to anyone and everyone who wants it and the behavior of those in academia to make it as hard as possible to access. It just never quite sat right with me that to get your claws good and deep into your subject, you basically had to turn your back to everyone who didn't want to do it with you.

Congratulations on the new role at Buzzfeed and thank you for your in-depth discussion of why you're leaving academia. I look forward to reading your stuff as you continue on!

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 9:42 am 0

On Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, One of the Last Four Doctors in America to Openly Provide Third-Trimester Abortions

@James Edward Smith@facebook You are the worst kind of person.

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 10:45 am 0

On 917 People Who Are Hotter Than Benedict Cumberbatch

@stonefruit Aww, that was me! I'm glad it's not just me that sees it, haha. :)

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm 0

On 917 People Who Are Hotter Than Benedict Cumberbatch


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On 917 People Who Are Hotter Than Benedict Cumberbatch

This is the greatest post to ever exist on the Hairpin. I particularly loved the order of the Voldemorts. The fact that book 3 nonexistent incorporeal Voldemort ranked higher or lower than other Voldemorts amused me greatly.

I maintain that Benedict Cumberbatch would have made a great Voldemort three-horcruxes-in for the movies, as he looks like the perfect midpoint between no-nosed Ralph Fiennes and Christian Coulson.

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm 2

On We're Going to Lose the Only Two Good Things On Earth


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On Scandal vs. Homeland: The Weekly Showdown

@chnellociraptor I also hate Fitz and love Mellie! Let's start a club!

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm 1

On Which of the "Three Personality Regions" in America Fits You Best?

@cuminafterall I also got NM! I'm OK with this, excepting perhaps the heat in the summers. Not that they measured for that.

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm 0

On Ask a Dietitian: Wine Time, Fruit Soup, Our Forbidden Lover (Diet Coke)

@j-i-a Ah, I missed it! I've been bad about being here for the open threads since they moved to 5pm, I almost always forget to come back once I get home and the weekend gets going. Sadface!

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm 0

On Ask a Dietitian: Wine Time, Fruit Soup, Our Forbidden Lover (Diet Coke)

If I ate pure rye/pure spelt bread plus reindeer meat plus fruit soup for breakfast every day


Or something quite like one, anyway.

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