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abercrombie and fifty
where trends go to die
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
7.2.10 • CLASSIC

Here's a little secret that may completely destroy your image of me as a hip, young, and dare I say sexy pop-culture provocateur: I'm old. And I always have been. My own personal curse and blessing in this world (leaving out the 48-inch vertical leap and mad rhyming skillz) is that all my life I've looked young and thought old. This isn't a huge thing, like being rich or the ability to remember to floss every night, and it doesn't impact my life directly. All I'm saying is that somewhere in

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imaginary friends and enemies
tv characters the strike makes me miss... or not
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
1.4.08 • CLASSIC

Hold onto your hats, folks. The 1988 writers' strike lasted almost 22 weeks, and we're only on week 8 of this one. I was going to open with a good news/bad news, but honestly, the good news is a little thin on the ground. Maybe the Worldwide Pants exemption that brought Letterman and Ferguson back with writers? Ish? What we’ve got on TV these days is a mishmash of reruns and "reality", not exactly the discriminating primetime viewer’s regular diet. Now, I’m not saying I’m not excited for the re

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the shore thing
losing a house; gaining a hand lamp
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: general
1.9.12 • CLASSIC

It’s January! It’s cold! It’s warming up this week because Al Gore said it would!

Okay, I’ll admit I did not see, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Largely because I already believed that climate change was a real thing and didn’t want to get depressed at being right. It’s sort of the same reason I’ve never watched any of Michael Moore’s films: I already know that people, especially the Republican leadership, can be real asshats. I don’t need a liberal asshat to tell me that conservative asshats are asshats.

(Asshat. Asshat.)

Now that that’s out of the way, Happy New Year! Let’s hope this one’s better than the last. Though, admittedly, 2011 had a lot going for it over 2010. I got new glasses, for example.


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glee
the worst show you can't stop watching
by michelle von euw
topic: music
10.11.10 • CLASSIC

Despite what the Emmy voters and popular press may tell you, Glee is not a good television show. I know; I’ve watched every episode. I am a connoisseur of TV. I appreciate and celebrate television shows as an art form. I champion the creativity and the intellect it takes to achieve a good series. I will talk to you about the brilliance of The Wire and Everwood; I will describe in great detail the perfect arcs of season one Veronica Mars and season two Buffy the Vampire Slayer; I will tell y

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poker face
lady gaga's image control
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
8.6.10 • CLASSIC

A few months ago I wrote a hilarious column about the ways in which women inadvertently make themselves less attractive to the very men they are attempting to attract. And it got me thinking about appearances and superficiality and celebrity culture. And even though my column was about ugly girls and not ugly guys, I couldn’t help thinking about Lady Gaga. Unfortunately, that was a column in which I encouraged girls to sublimate any and all ambitions beyond procreation and therefore concentrat

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portrait of an artist: bret anthony johnston
sharing the contents of his writing toolbox
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: writing
1.28.08 • CLASSIC

As director of creative writing at Harvard, Bret Anthony Johnston could easily put his feet up, and let all emerging writers bow before him while placing small tokens of favor in his hands. Instead, Johnston sneaks up behind you and spills everything he knows about writing onto your desk, right down to the rattling nuts and bolts and whirly gizmos. His latest work is Naming the World, a collection of writing exercises and philosophies offered by some of the top authors of contemporary literatur

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a letter to amina pearl gilmore
talking to my daughter while she can't talk back
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: general
7.14.10 • CLASSIC

Hello Beautiful, I don't know when you'll read this or be able to, but I wanted to write it because you're on my mind. At the time of this letter, you are a four-pound baby in your mother's stomach and we're so excited to meet you. You've changed my life even before arriving and I hope that never changes, even when I'm tired of your attitude or you think I'm the absolute worst because I won't let you talk to some goofy boy that you like. (More on stupid boys later.) We're praying daily that y

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baby bust
offsetting the cost of little bundles
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: general
7.19.10 • CLASSIC

When I noticed that three out of the seven July feature columns here at I.M. were about impending childbirth, I was at a loss. I’ve yet to experience children of my own. But, I figured I could still offer something probably every new parent can find relevant: making money go farther. With all those blasted child labor laws in effect, a parent hardly has any means to turn their little bundle of joys into a source of income. And, unless Congress votes to at least to extend just the middle-inco

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this earth day, make the world a better place
and not just with your gorgeous smile!
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
4.22.09 • CLASSIC

"Another day, another dollar." Or, perhaps you've heard, bitterly and far more appropriate to the current economic situation: "Same shit, different day." It's always a cycle for us, whether we be creative types or worker bees in cubicle farms, however exciting life can be one day, it's usually back to normal the next. Or, whatever the closest approximation to 'normal' can be. Unfortunately, the same logic can't be applied to the planet we call home. "Another day...same earth" just doesn't h

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hoy*, it's not that serious...
weighing in on desperate housewives' filipino faux pas
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: news
10.15.07 • CLASSIC

"Can I just check those diplomas? Because I just want to make sure that they are not from some med school in the Philippines." - Susan Meyer, "Desperate Housewives" When Teri Hatcher said her line to the still-hot-from-"Firefly" Nathan Fillion during the season premiere episode of "Desperate Housewives", I immediately saw its origin: a 2006 nurses' exam scandal in the Philippines, one that involved leaked exam questions and board member bribery. I never expected Susan Meyer and Dr. Mal Reynold

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the power to decide
why it’s necessary for women to control their birth control
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
3.7.12 • CLASSIC

When Sandra Fluke stood up to testify in front of Congress on February 23rd about the importance of accessible birth control for all women, she probably didn’t expect to be called a prostitute. Women probably didn’t think that, in March of 2012, we’d be defending our right to use a medicine that was approved for sale 52 years ago. And yet, here we are again having to convince people – primarily men – that women do have the right to have sex without pregnancy.

We live in a time when men are lowering or erasing the barriers that allow them to get women pregnant (see: insurance-subsidized Viagra), while making it harder and harder for women to prevent conception. While the issue is birth control, no-one is really talking about condoms in this case. Condoms are available on supermarket shelves, they cost less to buy, and they are known to prevent STIs – a definite medical benefit. They also require the consent of a man. The real subject of the conversation is the pill: the birth control method that women control and that women can practice with or without a man’s knowledge or consent.* The question then becomes not just should women use contraception, but should women be allowed to choose contraception on their own? There are many excellent reasons why the answer is – and should always be – yes.

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google+
a post-technologist's early review
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: tech
7.11.11 • CLASSIC

When I heard about Google+ I was excited. Yeah, I am nerd, hear me roar. Without much to go on but a cryptic Flash movie and hear-say, I had that tingling I used to get as a kid whenever I would go out and buy a new video game. I would spend the entire trip home thinking about how I was going to waste an entire weekend playing it to death. It was the tingle of anticipation for new content, new stories, an exploratory experience, and something new to learn and become proficient at. That kind

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constant craving
*the secret* to success
by heather m. millen
topic: humor
8.27.08 • CLASSIC

The other day I was sitting at my desk. It was about 4:00 in the afternoon, the day had been a bit stressful and I was greatly in need of a tiny token of relief. Suddenly, I realized that all my soul craved was a cookie. I don't eat cookies very often but who am I to judge what my soul desires? My husband happened to call and I said aloud and with conviction: "I really want a cookie." Ask. Cookies are good. I used to make cookies with my grandmother. She made these amazing little thumbp

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possible ride effects
a blog at best
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: advertising
9.28.07 • CLASSIC

It's Wednesday again, and I'm not impressed. Another ride to work on my aging Trek mountain bike, which has been modified only slightly with "hybrid" tires that make riding on the pavement a little less sluggish, but will explode if you hit a sharp curb. Fortunately, like most of the commuters you encounter in Boston, curbs in this teenytiny city are worn, dull, and slowly eroding into forms barely distinguishable from the street itself. As I ride in, I listening to yet another podcast. This t

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