lily of the city: hi, I also read that Gizmodo... →
muguet: I remember being young and self-important and thinking my hobbies and interests were better than some other people’s hobbies and interests. In fact, I know for a fact that I’d had a handful of dismissive conversations with people about how I would just never hang out with anyone who didn’t… A nice response to that stupid Gizmodo piece, which isn’t even that great of a...
How to Pack for a Four Day Trip to Texas
Check the forecast. TRIPLE DIGIT HIGHS EVERY DAY ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Formulate a plan of attack: skirts and dresses and absolutely no pants or sleeves. Worry about the flights. Planes are always cold. They are like their own climate! While running, envision the brilliant solution to this problem: throw a pair of leggings in your carry-on purse. YES! Think of your most lightweight, favorite...
Musing on Muses
Hey careful readers, remember last summer when there was this site where you could copy and paste your writing and it would magically spit out what famous author you write like? And I kept getting David Foster Wallace, and then James Joyce, which is funny because I haven’t read a thing by either of them and so I wrote about how that was funny. There was an article in the Times recently...
Seeing as how I majored in Sociology, my alma mater (UW-Madison) likes to track me down and send me newsletter updates from their department. It’s sort of fun, because I’m like, oooh that one professor is still studying gender politics in Europe! Keep it up, lady! And that other professor is indeed still teaching classes about racial inequality, and winning awards for it! Good work!...
A Teacher Uses Khan Academy, As a Student
I’ve read a lot about Khan Academy in the past couple of weeks, albeit with a lot of skepticism (more on that later). If you don’t know the deal and don’t like reading, the short story is that a very smart man started recording little math tutoring sessions for family members and now they’re all on youtube and there’s a whole site where you can do practice problems...
Keep, Give Away, or Throw? A Personalized Guide
Keep: Jeans/pants that fit, with the exception of being too short. You can make them into shorts! Capris! Skirts, even! The sheer top you were about to throw out, because lady, sheer is BACK, and also you have a Lady Gaga concert to attend. (BTW, I started writing this last summer, sorry. Is sheer still sort of back? Whatever. Keeping the sheer shirt.) That dress/skirt that you really...
Things That Have Made Me Tear Up in the Past Week
Pictures of starving Somalian refugees Pictures of a gay wedding Article in Runner’s World about female prisoners running a marathon Sidebar in Runner’s World about a lady who stopped mid-race to save her father via CPR Mad Men, Season 4, Episode 2, when the secretary read Sally’s letter to Santa/Don Crazy, Stupid, Love: various instances
On Shopping After Not Shopping
I gave up buying new clothes for six months. I gave up buying new clothes because I have more jeans and shirts than I have hangers, more tanks and tees than I have drawer space. I gave up buying new clothes because I had piles of fabric with intentions to sew it all into amazing masterpieces. I gave up buying new clothes because the mall is soulless and boring, and almost everything within is made...