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By SarahP on Six Guaranteed Low-Effort Toddler Games

I play "Do you like my hat?" almost every day with my husband but he always ignores me in the hopes of stopping me from doing it all the time.

Clearly I should be hanging out with more toddlers.

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm 52

By anachronistique on Six Guaranteed Low-Effort Toddler Games

@falconet ring ring ring ring ring ring ring BANANAPHONE

(you brought this on yourself)

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm 8

By Slutface on A Conversation About Books and Money, Part Two

Pretty much anything where convenience and low price are the biggest draws (like Amazon, Walmart and the like) are going to have shady business practices or ethics. That's how they bring us the convenience and low price.

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm 2

By meetapossum on A Conversation About Books and Money, Part Two

This was great to read, Emily and Nicole. I liked the last post about it a lot, because while I often vent my frustrations with Amazon to my friends, I didn't really think about the way it affects the blogs I read. I was glad to see the double links today around the Hairpin.

I do find that people conflate my hatred of Amazon with a hatred of progress, which is sad to me. I don't have an e-read, nor do I buy e-books (someday I probably will), but I know the appeal and understand their purpose. I shop online all the time! I'm aware that publishing and bookselling are growing, changing industries and a lot of people in those industries are trying to shape the book in a way that everyone can use and appreciate. I always think it's worthwhile for people to examine who and what they're supporting when they buy a product from a particular vendor(or, I guess in this case, link to a vendor).

I e-mailed Nicole about it this morning, but Melville House also did a brief write up on last week's exchange, and Dustin Kurtz had all kinds of nice things to say about the Hairpin.

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm 2

By cwmilton on 11 Facts About Victoria Grayson's Calligraphy-Covered Fabric Throne

@pajamaralls The fabric is from Lacefield Designs! I know the people who work there, and they are very proud of THE CHAIR. http://lacefielddesigns.com/patterns/documents

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm 2

By Bittersweet on The Agony and the Ecstasy of Michael Sheen's Eyeballs

@RK Fire I just remembered that Ms. Beckinsale starred in a PBS version of Emma a few years after the Gwyneth Paltrow movie...which means that Mr. Knightley was mean to Emma, and another gentleman (Mr. Elton? Mr. Churchill?) punched him in the face. That makes everyone in my perfect-imaginary-Austen-world cry.

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm 5

By maybe partying will help on The Agony and the Ecstasy of Michael Sheen's Eyeballs

@Bittersweet

Seriously, in my head he is real genteel and shit.

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm 3

By fabel on First Loves, Breakup Guilt, and Rainbows Painted With Watercolors

"It's kind of like there's this parallel universe where things worked out between the two of you, and then all of a sudden that universe collapses"

Yes. YES.

Also, the advice to LW3 to stop talking to her ex? Was so good, and I so needed that like, every time I've ever broken up with anybody. I'm terrible.

Posted on April 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm 4

By nowwhat on First Loves, Breakup Guilt, and Rainbows Painted With Watercolors

"It's kind of like there's this parallel universe where things worked out between the two of you, and then all of a sudden that universe collapses. And you're like, 'Why is this bugging me so much? I didn't even live in that universe in the first place.'"

THIS! I don't have any advice for LW1, only sympathy and internet booze, because my way of dealing with these Feelings is to run in circles inside my own head.

Posted on April 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm 10

By cwmilton on Really Good Books About Real Murder

I just read a galley from FSG of People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry, an incredibly thorough account of the murder of Lucy Blackman, an English hostess who was living in Japan. I think the book is out in the UK already (and I saw there are some copies available on Amazon US).

I really, really enjoyed the book-- particularly the parts that delved into how the Japanese justice system is different from ours (and Britain's) and why those differences exist. I think it's a good read for anyone who liked Underground. It's out this summer in the US! Perfect macabre travel reading?

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 10:41 am 1