So You Want to Start a Book Club

In 2015, I resolved to read more novels. It’s going to be tricky, but I know that the best way to motivate myself to read more is to have an accountability partner. I also thought it would be cool if we were reading the same thing, and, I don’t know,… [Read More]

The History and Implications of Going Viral

Everyone dreams of “going viral.” Even our parents have some sense of what virality is, and my mom uses the Snapchat draw tool to write about what’s already in the picture. Derived from the idea of an actual virus, a piece of content goes viral when it becomes contagious or… [Read More]

And the Academy Award Goes to…

A note before beginning: I have seen a grand total of three of these movies. Do not take any of this article seriously or use it to make actual Oscar predictions. That being said, maybe don’t take the Oscars too seriously either. It just doesn’t matter. Once a year, for… [Read More]

Abandoning My TV Queue: The Aftermath

There was a brief period of time in my life, spanning roughly 12 years, where television dictated every social and professional decision I made. When I was nannying at 16, the kids were in bed before American Idol was on. In college, I spent more time during finals week binge watching… [Read More]

Searching for Community, Finding Football

The score update was the first thing to flash on to my screen as we got the okay to turn our phones back on. I hustled out of the plane and into Chicago’s mammoth O’Hare airport, with only one goal in mind for my three-hour layover: find a bar. Irish… [Read More]

Nothing Hits Its Stride: Mumblecore in the Mainstream

It’s been almost 17 years since Seinfeld, the self-proclaimed show about nothing, went off the air, but thanks to syndication it feels like it never left and never will leave. Though very much a sitcom, shot on set in a studio with laugh tracks and all, it’s impossible to overstate… [Read More]

Irreconcilable Love or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Kanye and Taylor at the Same Time

I love Venn diagrams. I’m serious. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated by extremes, poles, definitives, bests/worsts, and blacks/whites. Never mind the emotional and personal challenges this all/nothing paradigm has created in my life—what is this “gray area” you speak of, pray tell?—focus instead on… [Read More]

Tips to Avoid Cuffing Season

If you’re my mom or if you don’t know what cuffing season is, cuffing season is that time of the year when it gets cold and 20-somethings don’t want to be single. It is a one night stand that lasts throughout the winter months. Cuffing season benefits those who are… [Read More]

Your New New Years Resolution: Post Better Pictures

As evidenced by your local lunk’s latest status updates complaining about “newbies” moving too slowly on their treadmills, making a New Year’s resolution to go to the gym is easy. Taking a pic of yourself there that isn’t a standard weight rack foreground mirror selfie is tough. Why would you… [Read More]

Is CrowdSolve a Bad Idea? Probably.

The wrongful conviction rate in America is appalling, and until recently it went largely unnoticed by the general public. Thanks to Serial, it has come to the forefront of our national consciousness. Who killed Hae Min Lee? Has Adnan Syed been wrongfully incarcerated? And most conspiratorially — what are we… [Read More]