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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
By guest writer Kapookababy. Yesterday while in Beijing’s expat district Sanlitun, I proposed a theory to my hairdresser. The reason why there were disproportionately so few Chinese men with foreign women couples is that the same distinguishing features about Asian people that make Asian women so attractive to foreign men: they’re smaller, softer, and sweeter […]
Interrobang Katie’s Rainbow Brain
Editor’s note: Here’s our second crosspost from the Interrobangs, this time from Katie. Click through to see a brainy, fashionable woman totally rock some gorgeous colors.
A trio of Scottish women referred to as a “fashion trio” (though I haven’t the faintest idea what that means) have proposed that fashion and design schools should, instead of teaching their students to make clothes at the lowest range of sizes, should use mannequins of size 16-18, which is the “size” of the average […]
I’ve noticed a trend recently of amazing performances in films which are only okay. The first time I seriously noticed this was with An Education (2009).
We’re going to start this one with a statement of fact: not everyone wants to have children. If this fact confuses you or causes you great moral outrage, proceed with caution. It’s only going to get bumpier from here.
In 1927, Russian literary scholar Boris Eikhenbaum published an essay entitled “Problems of Cine-Stylistics,” wherein he discusses what is commonly known as cinematic specificity; that is, what makes the cinema a unique art form, particularly in comparison to its two closest relatives: photography and the theatre.
My Lasting Problem with The Black Swan
When I first saw Black Swan, I loved it. I thought it was a wonderful movie, and to an extent that first reaction still stands. But the further away I get from it, the more I doubt this original opinion. Darren Aronofsky is a talented and accomplished director. The film is well-constructed and visually spectacular, […]