Posted 11 months ago

"Mr Arabin, as he sat at his open window, enjoying the delicious moonlight and gazing at the gray towers of the church, which stood almost within the rectory grounds, little dreamed that he was the subject of so many friendly or unfriendly criticisms. Considering how much we are all given to discuss the characters of others, and discuss them often not in the strictest spirit of charity, it is singular how little we are inclined to think that others can speak ill-naturedly of us, and how angry and hurt we are when proof reaches us that they have done so. It is hardly too much to say that we all of us occasionally speak of our dearest friends in a manner which those dearest friends would very little like to hear themselves mentioned; and that we nevertheless expect that our dearest friends shall invariably speak of us as though they were blind to all our faults, but keenly alive to every shade of our virtues."

— Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers

Posted 1 year ago
Replace “friends” with “sister” and this is pretty much what you get. 
(Drawing by Lucy Knisley, who continues to creep me out by going through the same emotional beats as me at the same time for going on five years now.)

Replace “friends” with “sister” and this is pretty much what you get. 

(Drawing by Lucy Knisley, who continues to creep me out by going through the same emotional beats as me at the same time for going on five years now.)

Posted 1 year ago

Book list updated

In case any of you are still interested, I’ve updated the book list with everything I read in 2012. (It continues to have everything I’ve read since mid-2007.) It wasn’t a great book-reading year for me, as I hit a slump in books and in life in general, but I’m optimistic about reading more in 2013— my goal this year is to read all of the Tournament of Books contestants before the tournament itself. Off to the library to pick up Bring Up the Bodies

Posted 1 year ago

Something that is inadvisable to post on Tumblr

  1. me: i have never been to the pot clinic while high before. this is going to be painfully awkward. as it is, the people there are barely capable of normal communication.
  2. Sam: of all the places where you might feel comfortable being high....
  3. me: no, the total opposite
  4. that place scares the shit out of me
  5. it's like a warehouse where they store hipsters that are too catatonic for mass distribution
Posted 1 year ago

Ah, publicist e-mails. 

Posted 1 year ago
I was Googling the hotel where I’m supposed to meet the organizers of a cocktail contest I judged. If they want more guests, they might want to work on their highlighted keywords.

I was Googling the hotel where I’m supposed to meet the organizers of a cocktail contest I judged. If they want more guests, they might want to work on their highlighted keywords.

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Your daily civic insight.

"In the past six months, we asked 191,144 Americans about their choice in the Presidential Election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. That same group also provided millions of answers to thousands of other poll questions about their lifestyle, demographics, favorite brands, celebrities, movies, finances, and even their hair and eye color." 

This poll, which I don’t think is a random sample in the least, remains totally interesting/insane. Discussed herein: blue eyes, Bruno Mars, Qdoba, number of U.S. states visited, Twihards, and other things that will blow your mind.


Posted 1 year ago

Let’s face it.

There are three kinds of people in this world (to you, and to me).

1) The ones where we care about what’s coming out of their mouth;

2) The ones where we care about how their mouth moves as they say it;

3) Everyone else. 

As for turning #2 back into #1, I’m utterly lost. 

Posted 1 year ago

One of the great things about Louie is how it deals with the various pitfalls involved in trying to be a generally progressive-minded, nice guy, white male in the 21st century. You’re always acutely aware of the built-in benefits you have from your position, but you’re always somewhat sensitive about them as well. You’ve got all those usual straight-guy concerns—heaven forbid anybody ever imply you’re gay—but you’re also aware how ridiculous they are. In some ways, Louie functions as a guide to being an urban-dwelling guy in the modern age. You can’t change who you were born as, nor would you want to, but you can always try to navigate the various minefields out there with a little more grace than your ancestors did.” —Todd VanDerWerff

Posted 1 year ago

Further adventures from the annals of “High School Friends on Facebook.”

While I’m very glad for the woman mentioned in the article, who survived a bullet to the brain due to a medical anomaly, what about the 17 people who were killed, the numerous people who were injured, and their families? “No such thing as coincidence” for them either, I suppose?

Posted 1 year ago

Advice.

How do you deprogram your parents from their world of Roger Ailes-induced false dichotomies? My dad literally said to me, “Nancy Pelosi is just as bad as Mitch McConnell.” I don’t think he can name one thing Nancy Pelosi has done that’s beyond the pale, other than being a woman in a position of power. 

Seriously, why don’t Salon/Jezebel/n+1/The New York Times op-ed section/literally anyone with a command of the facts offer a “teach your parents real facts about American life and politics” service? I would pay SO MUCH MONEY to have my parents go through a weekend workshop that quickly taught all the stuff I’ve absorbed from years of osmosis reading news articles. 

All y’all need to stop writing articles about societal problems and start making cheatsheets of how to explain them to your parents in such a way that they don’t immediately get defensive. That is the only way we’re going to get real political change in this country. 

(P.S. How do you deal with the accusation that if you don’t either run a company or volunteer/work full-time for a charity, your thoughts on society are all rhetoric and you’re a huge hypocrite? ‘Cause I know there’s got to be a way, but I’ve got nothing.)

Posted 1 year ago

Dave Chappelle and my iPhone

If you like Dave Chappelle, you’re probably aware that he dropped out of show business for the most part a while back, and now does random shows whereever and whenever he feels like it, with little to no warning. I’ve long dreamt of going to one of Chappelle’s pop-ups, and he seems to have a special fondness for the Bay Area, because he does them here quite a bit (though they’re usually in Oakland). Apparently he’ll call a venue, sometimes just a day or two in advance, and book the space (adios, moderately famous indie band previously scheduled for the night). He can do this because he charges $55 for tickets, and his shows sell out in literally one minute. Luckily, my friend Peter was sitting by the computer hitting the refresh button like a maniac when the tickets went up, and was able to purchase a pair. Even more luckily, he invited me with him. 

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Posted 1 year ago

An e-mail update from the “Ivy League Jobs and Recruiting” group I absently joined on LinkedIn a couple of years back. This paragraph more or less perfectly explains the mentality of the current American ruling class.