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On Talking to Anne Helen Petersen About Leaving Academia for BuzzFeed

@claire2222 Say what you want about Buzzfeed, but the ivory tower ain't what it used to be. I find it hard to come down on anyone who's made the decision to step away from the non-stop pressure and insane expectations of academia and onto what will hopefully be a saner and more stable (but still intellectually and culturally engaged) career path.

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm 8

On Friday Open Thread

@punkahontas Thanks for making me feel lots better about dropping $40 on the YSL Touche Eclat!

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm 1

On The Return of the Archivist

A not-insignificant number of academic research libraries have subscriptions to ancestry.com. Much better than paying for it yourself, if you or a loved one happens to possess the appropriate login credentials.

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm 3

On Some Options for Officiating a Wedding

Yay for ULC and officiants who actually know the couple! I officiated my best friend's wedding and it was awesome, so much better than being a bridesmaid.

However, a pro tip for brides and grooms: if you are making A Statement in your use of a non-religious officiant, please give him or her the heads up. It's not that I minded that the groom's family spent the ceremony scowling at me because I was a twenty-four-year-old woman and not Reverend Great Uncle Paul, but it would have been nice to know what I was walking into ahead of time.

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm 2

On New Moms and Teenage Boys: More in Common Than Previously Thought

Ah, this was such a nice read. I have a much younger brother (he started kindergarten the day I started college) and this captures something about our dynamic as well.

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm 2

On Maurice Sendak, 1928 - 2012

Go to the wikipedia page and read the list of books he illustrated. We all (I hope?) know Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, but he shaped the visual imagination of my childhood in ways I'd completely forgotten about. The Wheel on the School! Little Bear!

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 9:51 am 3

On Truly Upsetting

Hands up if the Beastie Boys were the secret standard by which you judged the relative coolness of high school boyfriends/crushes.

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm 7

On Add It to the List of Dream Jobs

@jen325 It's a bad habit! Not only do you wind up stabbing yourself in the head when you try and take your shirt off, you lose things that way-- I bought the rare book staff at my library a box of pencils when I finished my work there, to make up for the many, many I walked out with in my hair.

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm 0

On Rufus Wainwright and Helena Bonham Carter

@MmeLibrarian Yes about the stereotypes... but she's reading The Way We Live Now at the end!

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm 1

On Rufus Wainwright and Helena Bonham Carter

@honeybunchesofoats It's because his voice isn't the same after the meth. :/

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm 0