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On Carrie Got a Bad Rap: Beloved Literary Kids with Deadbeat or Absent Dads

I really enjoy and appreciate this little bit of Father's Day content for "the rest of us". I usually guiltily feel like griping about the holiday is somehow an affront to people who loved and lost their dads and have a hard time with the day. But we absently fathered kids deserve a space too :)

I remember a couple of Gary Paulsen books hitting the "young boy on the cusp of adulthood abandoned by father" angle that seemed big in the 80s. I guess Hatchet shouldn't really count because that kid was abandoned by EVERYBODY...but Wiki just confirmed that he was on the way to visit divorced dad for the summer when his plane crashed. And, yup, Dear Mr. Henshaw hit it too: he learns "his parents will never re-marry, people will continue to steal his lunch even though he has made a alarm for his lunch box, and that he can never count on his father to be available when he is needed but, he does pay support checks".

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm 6

On F. Scott Fitzgerald's Advice for Daughter Scottie

Needs "Doll News" tag

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm 2

On Kanye on Kanye

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher There are a lot of gems people are picking out but THAT ONE is my most favorite and the most illustrative, I think.

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 11:47 am 1

On Kanye on Kanye

@and it's not even my birthday Huh, that's super interesting and explains why Lisa Frank is flogging their Urbun Outfitters line and probably why they're really attentive to their FB feedback.

Just license designs to someone to make quality nail polish wraps, Lisa, and you'll be back on top of the world. Try super-deforming some of your character designs, get with the times!

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 11:44 am 4

On Friday Open Thread

Game of Thrones-ers: If you're not tired of RW reaction videos quite yet, you can search "La Boda Roja" for Spanish-language reactions from people's distraught Mamis. Pobrecitas.

(I caught up with reading/the show just in time to revel in the reactions this week and I am loving it)

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm 5

On The Craving: One Woman's Salty Confession

@meaux This was a lovely piece, excluding the food and fat shaming. I bit my tongue and clicked away yesterday but I'm glad to see I'm not the only one bothered by it.

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm 0

On Industry Rule No. 4,080: You Don't Want to Date Don Draper

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm 30

On Beauty Secrets: Human Tears

@AnalogMetronome YES. I've found them to be easier to trigger as the years pass, too. Used to be I needed a real crying jag but now a sad commercial is practically enough to do it.

(It's called petechia if anyone is curious)

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm 0

On Does Your Mr. Right Treat You Wrong? Prove It.

@Sophia. The ones where you're a pushover. He'll never treat you wrong, because you trust him!

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm 6

On 13 Camp Songs Where Someone Dies

@rosencrantz That was the version we sang but it went "eep, opp, soda pop, froggy missed the lily pad and went KERPLOP".

@Queen Elisatits It's probably a different song but you reminded me of one that went "Bubblegum, bubblegum, in a dish, how many pieces do you wish" and then you'd count off.

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm 0