Don’t Overestimate What You Can Do Today

Monday motivation, or all over the place? I remember reading an article a little while back discussing what is known as the Planning Fallacy, or, in other words, mistakenly assuming that you can get way more work done than you are consistently capable of. Read More Don’t Overestimate What You Can Do Today

Book Review: The Body’s Question by Tracy K. Smith

After reading Tracy K. Smith’s Pulitzer-winning Life on Mars, I wondered if I would love her other work just as much. The answer? Yes, ecstatically so. Her first collection of poetry, The Body’s Question, published in 2003, is gorgeous. Smith writes poems I want to bed down into and stay. While Mars had a space and alienation theme, Question revels in the close-to-home and the sensation of lying beside one another. “The body is memory,” she writes in “Joy.” Read More Book Review: The Body’s Question by Tracy K. Smith

Book Review: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Let’s get one thing out of the way up front: Beautiful Ruins is an absolutely perfect book, and if you read any review that claims otherwise, then that reviewer is trying too hard to be a smug killjoy and they should not be trusted. You should perhaps ask them if they also enjoy popping children’s balloons and talking on their phone during movies because only a jerk would hate on this book.

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The Art of Rewatching

Technically speaking, I’m more of a rewatcher than a watcher. I’ve seen a lot of movies and television shows in my life, but what ultimately gives them meaning is the second/third/tenth/nth viewing. I used to do this with books. There are books from my childhood I can still quote wholesale from, an ability I have utterly lost with my grown-up, theoretically more sophisticated reading. Read More The Art of Rewatching

Crosspost: Wow, is There Ever Egg on *My* Face. Or: A Lush Face Mask Gone Horribly Awry.

Are there any natural ingredients enthusiasts out there in Hot Ink land today? Because I’ve got a bone to pick with you. Aren’t natural ingredients supposed to NOT irritate my skin? Isn’t that the whole premise?! To get away from harsh chemicals and become one with the earth once more? That’s what all those filthy hippies at the Lush store keep telling me, as strong – no: overwhelming – scents assault my nasal cavity. The answer to those questions is “Yes,” you say? Read More Crosspost: Wow, is There Ever Egg on *My* Face. Or: A Lush Face Mask Gone Horribly Awry.

Cultural Appropriation and Pageantry

Originally, I was going to write about the impact of fabric dyes on the environment, but then the Miss Universe Pageant happened and, while I didn’t watch it, Katie has stepped up to the plate and done a round up of some of the more noteworthy outfits. Read More Cultural Appropriation and Pageantry

Crosspost: The Archaeology of Invisible Colors

It was Ms. Plum, on the veranda, with the cute shoes.

Join Interrobang Katie on a purple fashion adventure after the cut, in a post which originally appeared on that Apex of Awesome, Interrobangs Anonymous. Read More Crosspost: The Archaeology of Invisible Colors

Recipe: Meatballs with Secret Vegetables

Books like Deceptively Delicious have popularized “hiding” fruits and vegetables in foods to get your picky kids to eat healthy foods. These techniques are no surprise to me ““ I’ve been doing them for years. Not for picky children, but for myself. Read More Recipe: Meatballs with Secret Vegetables