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Just for Fun

#BestinDelusionalWhiteMen Long Reads

For the last several months I have been entertaining myself between work emails by delving into the Longform.org archives. One recurring theme in my internet journalism travels is the exploits of white men who reach for the stars and fall far short. Here are some of my favorites.

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We try it!

What It’s Like to Get an IUD

Two years ago, I got an IUD and it was the best thing I ever did. Ever since, I’ve become one of those proselytizing women who want to talk to you about Diva Cups in line at Whole Foods, except in favor of a small t-shaped baby-prevention device. Have you accepted IUD into your uterus […]

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Perspectives

Why Do We Need Ballet to Be a Sport?

In late July, the athletic wear company Under Armour unveiled a new ad campaign featuring gorgeous badass ballerina Misty Copeland of the American Ballet Theater. The campaign, titled “I Will What I Want,” immediately became the subject of much publicity and discussion all over the Internet. Countless outlets, including USA Today, announced it under the headline, […]

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Books

Do You Have a Moment to Discuss the Gospel of Our Lady, Mrs. Pollifax?

It’s been almost three years since I posted an article on Persephone. How are you? I’ve missed you! You’re so pretty! I like your earrings! Man, this week, right? But, really. This week, right? There are so many horrible things I want to talk about, but I can’t find the words. Sometimes internet rage simply […]

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Books

A Song of Ice and Fire Is Ruining My Life and I Am Letting It

Warning: this may contain spoilers. George R. R. Martin’s series entered my life at what felt like an eerily appropriate time. The Harry Potter franchise was officially grown up and over–until they remake the movies in five years, that is. I had reread them all in preparation for the final film, seen it at midnight like […]

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Life

Cat Poop in Your Sink and Advice on Being an Adult from Other Adults Who May or May Not Be Qualified to Give It

A couple of weeks ago, I had a conversation with a friend to check in and see if she was doing okay. She responded that yes, she was fine, just overwhelmed with things. I said something like, “Dude, fucking life, right?” and she said something like, “You know, when I’m drowning it doesn’t make me […]

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Op Ed

On Information

I was going to write another post for you today. It was going to be solipsistic and not terribly relevant, and maybe this post will be those things, too, but it is a different post than the one I set out to write. The post I set out to write was laid aside and all […]

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Work

Mmm, Mmm, Cool Jobs!

Are you job hunting? Do you need someone to yell at you to do things? Our very own pileofmonkeys is willing to yell at you, lovingly of course, and badger you into doing the things you need to do RIGHT NOW.

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Life

So, Someone You Admire Has Done Something Disappointing

Maybe it’s Justin Bieber, or maybe it’s President Obama, or maybe it’s your dad, or maybe it’s Joe Paterno, or maybe it hasn’t even happened yet, but sometime, someone you admire is going to disappoint you. It’s inevitable. People aren’t built to live up to another person’s expectations 100% of the time. It’s why we’re […]

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Just for Fun

The Apocalypse Game

My roommate and I started playing the Apocalypse Game this past summer during the congressional standoff over the debt ceiling. I had driven her to the mall that Sunday afternoon to purchase a new camera for an upcoming trip, and she took me out for Chinese food as a thank you. I remember these details, […]

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Life

F#!@ing Female Friendships, How Do They Work?

Like many of you, I’m pretty excited about Mindy Kaling’s new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Last week I read an excerpt that included her “Best Friend Rights and Responsibilities,” all of which are very reasonable, I suppose, if you have that kind of relationship with someone.

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Work

Groovy Cool Jobs!

Welcome back to Cool Jobs! Some weeks doing this roundup is easier than others, and some weeks doing this roundup is a depressing window into how difficult it is in many areas of the country to even find a job posting that isn’t soul-crushing. However, in my opinion, the main purpose of this feature is […]

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Life

On the Internet – A Coming of Age Story

As I type this, I am not on the Internet. I can’t connect because the ridiculous (it was October 29th, people! Unacceptable!) storm that just ripped through the Northeast knocked out my cable. Now, this is obviously an extremely minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things, but it’s amazing how disoriented and disconnected I […]

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Work

Handy Dandy Cool Jobs!

Halloween always reminds me of dressing up for When You Grow Up Day in elementary school. I dressed up as a ballerina, not so much because I wanted to be one but because I had a twirly skirt I wanted to wear. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you have […]

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Mad Men: “The Wheel” – End of the Season, Turn, Turn, Turn

Previously on Mad Men: An entire season went by! But in the episode before this, Harry and Hildy made some poor decisions at a party, Peggy made good decisions and everyone hated her for it, and Don laid the smackdown on Pete’s ambitions and nefarious plots.