Archive > February 2009

I am experiencing the usual emotions: excitement, terror

Tomorrow we fly to the land that gave us Junot Diaz, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Julia Alvarez. At least they have all written about the Dominican Republic. Everything I know about the world south of the border I have learned from novels. I’m expecting a lot of old, winged men falling from the sky and [...]

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The Jackson 5 are no longer my friends and business associates

A Nigerian monument to slavery/casino resort/museum of Jackson 5 memorabilia sounds like a great idea to people who are sarcastic for a living. “Money-making and historical memory are allies in the extension of capitalism. You cry with one eye and wipe it off with cold beer, leaving the other eye open for gambling,” [said Toyin [...]

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In which I solve the publishing crisis

A few months ago I was having dinner with a friend, her billionaire husband, and some other glamorous people (sometimes I run in these circles just to shake things up). We were talking about the nation’s financial troubles. I felt more and more complacent as the conversation turned to stock losses, bankrupted companies, and subprime [...]

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The Virginia Festival of the Book is like Bonnaroo but for sexy people

Why do I say that? No reason. I’m outrageous! The truth is the Virginia Festival of the Book is better than any music festival you can shake a porcupine pie at and that’s because the VFB doesn’t buy into the whole concept of “cool” or even that of “music festival.” The VA Festival of the [...]

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On second thought, maybe some of these blog drafts should stay dead

DOA posts from the back end: Hot tips for teen moms [This one recommended that pregnant teenagers move to France or Germany where the government would pay for their babies. In retrospect, not very good advice.] Reading on the treadmill [Challenging, but worth it, like walking on a tightrope.] Invite me to your next party [...]

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Reverse caption contest

Yesterday* my sister and I made a pit stop at the BP station to buy some snacks for the movie theater. My sister, who takes her concessions seriously, bought a turkey sandwich. But when she asked the sandwich artist for tomato fixings, the lady said, “The tomatoes have a virus.” So in the spirit of [...]

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New feature: Why I love this questionable video

I love this questionable video because it depicts my dear friend and closest French ally Bart Calendar (site semi nsfw) whipping his shirt onto the ground (“I was just whipping my shirt onto the ground. It seemed like the right thing to do.”) during La Fete de la Musique in Montpellier, France (where I once [...]

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Link corral (bookmark spring-cleaning)

The New York Times shows us 25 ways to impress others on Facebook. How to exalt your achievements while appearing humble? How to convey your essential originality while coming off as reassuringly familiar? How to illuminate without oversharing? Stop apologizing for your perfect breasts. Nobody’s listening because they’re too focused on your perfect breasts. For [...]

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I am loving The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The book lives up to the hype. A good quarter of the novel is written in Spanish, which is one of the many languages that I don’t speak, but I just assume that the gibberish parts I skip are greater than or equal to the English parts that I don’t.

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