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On Before Too Long, Everyone You Know Will Be Named Emma

@RK Fire Right? My children need to have names that sound acceptable in three languages (English most importantly, but also French and Russian; on a related note, I feel bad for any Violets that will be visiting Paris in the future; the name is a homophone for the word "raped." On t'other side, the lovely name "Aurelie" sounds like "orally," and has already been used as a double entendre in a song).

Posted on May 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm 0

On Daisy, You're a Drip, Dear: Detestable Literary Characters Who Are Not Technically Villains

@HeyLookAChicken Correction: Tolstoy BEGAN the novel v. critical of Anna; he meant her to be a villain. As he wrote, she evolved, and so did he; by the end he was in love w/ her.

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm 0

On Daisy, You're a Drip, Dear: Detestable Literary Characters Who Are Not Technically Villains

@veryanonymous THANK YOU. I started sputtering w/ rage when I saw Anna listed as a villain. An indifferent mother? Did Ms. Bloom even read the book? Having her son taken away DESTROYED her. Okay, yes, she was less attentive to Anna the Younger, but I think that's supposed to be an indication of the damage done to her psyche. Anna is a personification for thwarted passion; she is a soul who could not bend to her society's unjust constraints, and so she broke. She is a bird who, tasting freedom, cannot not bear to be put back in its cage, and breaks its neck flying incessantly against the bars.
But sure, yeah, that is just so BORING.

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm 0

On Thoughts Upon Receiving a Ludicrously Enormous Tip

@Count Chocula This is what I do; did you also learn that trick from the episode of "Wishbone" where Joe has trouble doing math w/o a calculator and Wanda gives him that advice?

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm 1

On I Don't Believe in Ghosts (So How Did the Empty Dog Kennel Break Down Our Door?)

TRUE STORY: the other day, I was making tea. I usually drink loose leaf, so this involved pouring heated water into an ingenuiTEA pot to steep. I left it alone for a while, and when I returned, the water was gone. It hadn't leaked out, mind you--there were no wet spots on the floor or the counter--it had vanished. Everyone else in the house denied touching the tea setup or even entering the kitchen. I boiled some more water, put it in the apparatus to steep, and nothing unusual transpired. My fiance then drank the tea, w/o incident.
So where did the water go???
I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions (it's ghosts).

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm 2

On A Chat With The Hairpin's New Editor, Emma Carmichael

@hallelujah I know! I'm want to be cordial here, but it's hard to ignore the feelings that the foundations of my entire world have been compromised. WHAT IS EVEN REAL, ANYMORE? Like, I'm sure if I woke up as an insect one morning I'd get used to it and even come to enjoy the extra legs, but initially I would be like HOLY SHIT I'M FREAKING OUT; EVERYTHING WAS FINE BEFORE; CHANGE IS BAD.
What I'm trying to say is, I'm sure I'll like this new Hairpin just fine, but there will probably be an adjustment period. I beg in advance for patience in the face of bitterly nostalgic comments....

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 11:05 am 23

On ... "Click" ...

For a hot second I was like, "Prince William made this, whaaaat?"

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm 8

On Bake-at-Home Babies: Embryo Adoption and Me

@Emmanuelle Cunt Isn't it weird what people will ask questions/comment about? When I was little, people used to comment on my "flat face." In college, a coworker, a propos of nothing, asked, "You're not just a white girl, are you?"
I was like, "Ummmmm, yes?"
Bottomline: I think you should err on the side of discouraging people from asking these sorts of questions. I am often struck by how adorable/attractive mixed race children are, but I KEEP IT TO MYSELF b/c I have read enough to realize that what I think of as a friendly inquiry/compliment, they see as an uncomfortably intrusive probe.

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm 0

On The Friday Night Pie

50% I said yes at the time but never meant to go; 25% I need at least 24 hrs notice if I'm going to be expected to go anywhere; 15% I've been binge-watching some show and need to blog my feminist critique of it; 10% I'm broke as a joke.

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm 0

On Every Dating Problem, Solved: An Interview With Chiara Atik

@Miss Maszkerádi I mean, you ARE a unique snowflake. But so is everyone else. ;)

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm 0