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 …

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Take that, jocks!

My ex-roommate is a runner, and she used to invite me to her running meetups.  Once, because I wasn't busy and it seemed like the healthy thing to do, I went. I can run, when I'm chased.  I have endurance and long legs.  These meetup attendees, though, were into it.  "What's your pace?" they asked.  …

How to Be More Funny: My 15 Favorite Jokes to Drop in Conversation

Good writers borrow from other writers.  Great writers steal from them outright. I stole that line from Aaron Sorkin and one of his "West Wing" scripts, like I pilfer so much of my sense of humor. I always wanted to make people laugh.  So much of whether or not someone laughs at your jokes depends …

Tina

At 17 I learned to partner-dance, and it was spectacular. It was 1998, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies were popular for some reason, and I was friends with a lot of Mormons, so naturally I needed to learn to swing dance. As happens more often you would think, our high school lunch-club of nerds included one …