What We Talk About When We Talk About Meta

In between the soul-crushing self-esteem issues (thanks, puberty) and growing out my hair, then cutting it off, then growing it out again, my memories of middle school are very few and extremely far between. It was a time full of discomfort, exhilaration, and weird body odors that I have deliberately… [Read More]

So You Want to Fall in Love at a Music Festival

I wake up this morning to write a piece on finding love at music festivals and I sit down at my computer still fuming from the news that The Weeknd brought out Kanye during his set at Day 2 Weekend 2 of Coachella. My left eye is literally twitching and… [Read More]

Attempting to Rebrand ‘Feminism’ by Many Other Names

I don’t really want to admit this, because it fills me with hot shame and makes my twin X chromosomes shake their little heads in embarrassment but, here it is: there was a time in my life when I readily did not identify as a feminist. I naïvely committed to… [Read More]

How to Tell a Snapstory Worth Watching

We’re all guilty of it: the meandering, incoherent, maybe-were-actually-drunk-but-definitely-acting-like-it-because-this-makes-no-sense Snapstory. We figure: who wouldn’t want to see this Odesza concert, or an extra on-point alphet, or some other tomfoolery? Answer: everybody. Your “Snapstory” was actual drivel, I probably didn’t watch it, and even if I did, I clicked through that… [Read More]

Let’s Talk About HBO’s ‘The Jinx’ Now

Obligatory spoiler alert for the commentary below but if you are, indeed, alerted and averted by the presence of spoilers, go and watch The Jinx right now and then come back and read this. It’ll only take about five hours, which you clearly have time for since DST just happened…. [Read More]

What I’ve Learned from ‘Say Yes to the Dress’

I am 26 years old and I have never been to a wedding. I have been to four funerals, but no weddings. Four Funerals and a Wedding: The Hannah Teplitsky Story. I don’t even have the correct kind of FOMO because I have no real idea of what I’m missing… [Read More]

Pop Culture Winnows Out the Chaff

I have this friend* who, in response to anything she finds extra, vehemently asserts, “girl, do less. Just do less.” Though our friendship is rather nascent—we originally became friends drunkenly bonding over Kanye and grapefruit beer Homecoming weekend, as one does—she has had a sizable effect on both my Weltanschauung† and vernacular…. [Read More]

You, Me, and Recommendation Fatigue

December 25, 2014, 8:20 AM I am going on a Christmas morning hike with my parents and I am fighting with my mom about Friday Night Lights. We’re not fighting over Saracen versus Riggins (but: Saracen M-F and 33 on the weekends, obv), we’re not fighting about the famously flawed… [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]