Category > World at large

Taking the role seriously

Because every blogger’s opinion about the world at large is valued and unique, I have decided to weigh in on some of the day’s top controversies. By doing this I hope to prove that I am a woman of broad social engagement. A political being who won’t be silenced. A tastemaking culture vulture whom other [...]

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Uphill NYC

She enters the city going the wrong way down a one-way street. Rush hour in the rain, driving past the Empire State Building in a 14-foot U-Haul, herds of black umbrellas bobbing across the road. Nature seems upside down. The real world is overhead where the buildings crest. She walks a trench at the bottom [...]

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Notes from a Dominican travel diary

I survived my travels (the tropical travels that I neither deserved nor paid for). But surviving them gives me hope that I am four planes and five Xanax closer to conquering my fear of flying. Our suitcases full of dirty clothes are apparently still sitting on the runway in the Dominican Republic, but I don’t [...]

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The turtle frog spider picture – now with more sex appeal

When the bbf and I each posted the spider-sitting-on-top-of-the-frog-sitting-on-top-of-the-turtle-in-my-parents’-pool-filter photo on our individual websites back in August, we expected to receive a handful of comments like “Cute!” “Rad!” and “Aww.” We did not expect “Your photo inspired me to get a permanent tattoo.” Aimee Pierson of California was so touched by the story of these [...]

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Let me tell you what’s going on in the world

People are reacting to Obama’s victory. People are making MFA Fiction programs the new International Affairs programs. People are giving up their personal email accounts. People are divorcing because of cyber affairs in Second Life. People are interviewing ingenious 10-year-old girls who write books and ride scooters at Smart Girls Have More Fun. People are [...]

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New Yorker editors eloquently endorse Obama

“The Choice“* from the October 13 issue of The New Yorker. We cannot expect one man to heal every wound, to solve every major crisis of policy. So much of the Presidency, as they say, is a matter of waking up in the morning and trying to drink from a fire hydrant. In the quiet [...]

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“George W. Bush was a much better pilot.”

Sometimes I just have to love Rolling Stone Magazine. It’s so unabashedly biased in its political views. Gone are the days when David Foster Wallace could express his moral ambivalence about the McCain 2000 ticket in RS. In this election the magazine is clearly taking sides. But so are the rest of us. Which is [...]

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Catching up on the Olympic Games after not giving a crap for a while

Heartbreaking losses! Heartwarming victories! Kids doing typical kid stuff! Human interest stories about attractive athletes! Scientifically-engineered rain that falls at the same time every day! Al Roker playing badminton! Girls crying! Athletes falling! Two-piece swimsuits! Spandex endorsements! Actors! Cozy American sofa and a bowl of cookie dough ice cream!

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The wondrous world of Portuguese sanitation

Today I discovered something wondrous about Portuguese sanitation. The trash cans scattered around Cascais are not trash cans at all. They’re doorways to underground chambers that hold landfills of trash under the cobblestone streets. Today I saw dumpsters collecting the refuse by picking up large sections of the pavement with their dumpsters, raising the deep [...]

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You know you’re in Europe when. . .

“You Know You’re in Europe When” Episode One The English pub that serves as my Portuguese office plays a steady stream of homegrown techno and dance music. The last song referenced both the Peace Corps and the “bourgeoisie.”

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