Life is. R.I.P. Anthony Bourdain

It seems weird to be so broken up by the death of a celebrity.  I once described him in a video as one of my "spirit animals," but I don't know what Anthony Bourdain was really like, in the flesh, other than the wit, the deep voice, the toothy smile, and the public persona that …

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“Describe Yourself Like a Male Author Would”

Someone sent this to me, thinking I would like it, and they were right. ‘Describe Yourself Like a Male Author Would’ Is the Most Savage Twitter Thread in Ages   https://twitter.com/gwenckatz/status/979852671573049344 https://twitter.com/whitneyarner/status/980330317247545349   As the recent male author of a book with a young female protagonist, and also given to flights of scathing self-reflection, I don't …

I can’t function in polite society – at least not on Social Media

A friend of mine recently moved from Austin to Boston, leaving behind a vibrant social life.  She just posted this Facebook status:   "I have a hole in my heart the size of Texas."   Awwwwwww ... 120 likes, loves, and sad faces so far.  A stream of comments to the following effect:   "We …

On Moshing

When Woodstock '94 happened, the San Diego Union-Tribute ran a front-page photo of a rain-drenched kid who looked about 12 in a muddy mosh pit.  This little boy seemed to be caught in the act of being hurled like a discus by the meaty arm of a man twice his size. The look on the …