Archive for March 2014

Camel Toe and Common Sense

Let’s talk about what is and what is not slut shaming. Is it slut shaming for a teacher to tell a student, “I get that you want to be comfortable, but you probably shouldn’t put your ladyparts on display? Maybe size up?” Or is it slut shaming when a teacher says, “You look like a... Read more »

Say No to Spritz and Yes to Slow Reading

Say No to Spritz and Yes to Slow Reading
Not everything is meant to do at the speed of light. Reading for enjoyment is one of them. When I saw news of a new reading app —Spritz—the other day, I couldn’t help but shake my head with a “Those young whippersnappers …”  kind of disappointment. All I could think was, “Why?” According to the... Read more »

In Defense of 80s Music

In Defense of 80s Music
Everyone’s got a guilty pleasure. Or two. At last count I had about 36 of them. But there’s only one that can turn my frown upside-down. 80s music. A hard core Gen Xer, my love affair with 80s fare began in middle school. It was the pre-Walkman era, back when portable tape decks were about... Read more »
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A Million Ways to Die in the West: A Raunchy, Raucous Read

A Million Ways to Die in the West: A Raunchy, Raucous Read
So, yeah. I saw Seth “Family Guy” McFarlane on The Daily Show talking about his new book, “Seth McFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West”—a book based off a screen adaptation of his upcoming film, and thought, “Well, that’s sure be a fun book for the boys to read.” Now I am trying... Read more »

The 80s: Kevin Bacon is Right, Millennials Just Don't Understand

The 80s: Kevin Bacon is Right, Millennials Just Don't Understand
Kevin Bacon is a goddamned national treasure, so millennials? Pay proper attention. He speaks for all children of the 80s when he says y’all don’t know how tough it was to grow up in a decade without OKTwinder and Netflix. 80s teens had to write notes instead of text, talk instead of Tweet and work... Read more »

Book Review: How to be a Good Wife

Book Review: How to be a Good Wife
How much thought have you given to how to be a good wife? I’ve been a wife for pushing 23 years. And honestly, most of my marital introspection has been less Candace “Submissive” Cameron Bure and more Miss Janet “What Have You Done for Me Lately?” Jackson. Sorry, hon. One of my favorite Internet memes... Read more »
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Yik Yak: The App Isn't the Problem

Yik Yak: The App Isn't the Problem
There are days I just hate technology. Just when I think I’m ahead of my kids, up pops another ridiculously stupid app like Yik Yak. The latest app to make news, Yik Yak allows users to comment anonymously—because you know, who needs to take responsibility for their words, right? I’ve read a couple of blogs... Read more »

Book Review: How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Book Review: How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
Who doesn’t own a self-help book or two? The way author Mohsin Hamid sees it, if you own a book, then you own a self-help book. Any book—fiction, nonfiction or otherwise, helps in some form or fashion, even if it’s just to entertain. So goes his novel, “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia,”... Read more »

How to Get Filthy Rich Doing What you Love

How to Get Filthy Rich Doing What you Love
Turns out, it all depends on your definition of “filthy rich.” Maybe “rich” doesn’t mean a full bank account—it just means fulfilled. Bestselling author Mohsin Hamid, in Chicago March 11 for an appearance at the Chicago Humanities Festival, has written a self-help book. But if you read it, you’ll recognize any book could be put... Read more »
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Teaching Etiquette: The Time I Called My Kid a Dick

Teaching Etiquette: The Time I Called My Kid a Dick
Yeah, I went there. Before the Internet flogging ensues, let me start by acknowledging a good parent would never call their own child a dick. It was not my finest moment. I just couldn’t help myself. There he was, sitting next to me in all his teen self-righteousness, knowing, owning the fact he knew more... Read more »