Living a Purposeful Pop Culture Life

The first time I ever went first at a four-way stop I was 22. I remember it so clearly: it was an autumn zing of a day, the kind where the world just feels like one giant sigh of contentment.  I sidled up to the four-way stop near my apartment… [Read More]

How to Destroy Love like a Millennial

If you google “Millennial Dating,” the results are article after article after article about all the problems with it: fear of intimacy, fear of vulnerability, left swiping, ghosting, phubbing… the list goes on and the words get dumber, and it all has to do with how we young folks hide… [Read More]

She Died of Secondhand Embarrassment

Spanish-speakers have a term for it: pena ajena. Much cleaner and snappier than English’s clunky “secondhand embarrassment” (a term cobbled together by laypeople, as it’s not even in the dictionary), pena ajena describes shame or embarrassment one might feel on behalf of someone else. It’s that latter part that’s the… [Read More]

The Stories We Tell About Our Pets

I have two cats. The older one, Lil, is a straight up broad. She is assertive, entitled, fiercely loyal, and, I suspect, on the lower end of the Autism spectrum. The younger one, Lucy, is a total dork. She sticks her tongue out when she concentrates and exhales sharply out… [Read More]

Which Jonas Brother is Right for You?

In October of 2013, The Jonas Brothers (the unit) broke up and became the Jonas brothers (the individual humans) and millions of girls around the world went into a tailspin (not me though, I handled things just fine). Since then, they’ve embarked on new and exciting projects, and Kevin does… [Read More]

Play Donald Trump Rosh Hashanah Tweet Bingo

  At the time of publication, @realDonaldTrump has not yet tweeted about the Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah which begins tonight at sun down.

3 Burning Man Questions

I am currently on my way to Burning Man for the first time but, that doesn’t mean I fully understand what the hell Burning Man is. I know people go to the desert. I know they probably do some weird stuff there. What do they do though? Why do they do it?… [Read More]

How to Enjoy The Bachelor Without Actually Watching It

For reasons I don’t understand and never care to, Bachelor in Paradise and all other iterations of the show have taken over every social circle on the planet, leaving it impossible for me engage in the meaningful daily discussions about climate change or, like, Joe Jonas’ Instagram account. Everyone watches… [Read More]

10 Things I Hate About Your Phone

1. There’s these neat things called folders. Have you heard of them? Maybe you haven’t, because judging by the 234 apps you have on 17 separate swipe screens, you are living under a folder-sized rock. Do your thumbs ever get tired from all that swiping? Do you ever have trouble… [Read More]

Email Newsletters Are Having a Moment

There is something decidedly old school about the intention and execution of podcasts—all timbre and narrative and toe-tapping theme songs—but their delivery is far from quaint. I wrote recently about what it feels like to live in a golden age of podcasts. It’s kind of this weird marriage of old… [Read More]