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Monthly Archives: December 2017

New Year’s Eve (ft. the post calvin)

On this last day of the year, the post calvin would like to suggest some tunes for your New Year’s Eve festivities. Check out the Spotify playlist here, or just listen to the choice from your favorite writer.

Best of 2017: Editor Picks

Each of us have chosen a few favorite posts and a handful of honorable mentions. Read on to see what you might have missed this year on the post calvin!

Leaving Home in Search of Home

Most people say that I shouldn’t let anything hold me back from doing great things. But I don’t have much desire to do great things. What are great things without the small things?

Anticipation and Imagination

Shrouded in myth, internship was spoken of in the same way people talk about Voldemort: they act as if it’s taboo, but they all secretly love to spread their anxiety and feel a bit naughty.

Big Little Vulnerability

The show covers a lot of emotional and psychological ground, but in the midst of watching it through a second time, I’m struck by its representation of physical and emotional vulnerability.

Goodbye, Goose

It was classy enough to rise above the dive bar ranks, but not so swanky that you couldn’t waltz in there with sweatpants and flip-flops.

A Book for Christmas

A Book for Christmas

by | Dec 25, 2017

It’s really a reflection on what it means to be part of anything, both by birth and by choice, something universal, but told with a strong Dutch-American “accent.”

What is “Net Neutrality”?

What is “Net Neutrality”?

To a large degree, the underlying argument of the Net Neutrality debate can be traced to the basic tenets of the two primary political party systems in the United States: Big Government vs. Small Government.

Hail Marys: Christmas Art History 101

Hail Marys: Christmas Art History 101

Why this part of the story? Why is this heavenly exchange, from a narrative full of divine meetings, such a favorite in western Christian art?

Ekphrasis | An Advent Reflection

Ekphrasis | An Advent Reflection

Perhaps answers come in the weight. Listen, lean in, linger. There is something here in this suspended scribble.

Mercury in Retrograde

Mercury in Retrograde

This year, I’ve been in a kind of retrograde. I’m moving forward, but in some ways, it can appear like I’m moving backward.

Why 2017 Wasn’t As Bad As You Think

Why 2017 Wasn’t As Bad As You Think

I concede that the events of this year have been, on balance, terrible. But if you lift up your head for a moment and try to look forward, lots of good things are happening.

The 2017 Golden Gabe Awards

The 2017 Golden Gabe Awards

Stefon, I’m genuinely afraid to ask, but what is a human vending machine?

Learning the Drip

Learning the Drip

My little bubble of relationships and routines exists for me to serve it with compassion, not for me to overlook it because something more interesting is on the horizon.

Poetry and Padawans, with Apologies to My English Teachers

Poetry and Padawans, with Apologies to My English Teachers

Still, having experienced it myself now, I can sympathize with the twinge I’m about to give my many well-meaning English teachers when I divulge this next bit of information.

Airing My Dirty Laundry

Airing My Dirty Laundry

I’m not totally clear on the distinction between Great Britain, the United Kingdom, and the British Isles.
I wish the employees at the restaurants I frequent would pretend they’ve never seen me before.

Christmas During the Time Being

Christmas During the Time Being

The story has been told, but the rest of us are still here: waiting in the middle of the narrative, confronted with Herod’s uncomfortable realization: we aren’t enough.

Four Cheeses for You, Glen Cocoo: Semi-Definitive Ratings of Romantic Holiday Movies on Netflix

Four Cheeses for You, Glen Cocoo: Semi-Definitive Ratings of Romantic Holiday Movies on Netflix

The scale runs from zero to five cheeses, with five cheeses reigning supreme for the lamest pick up lines and most predictable plots. Warning: contains spoilers.

Self-Assessment

Self-Assessment

What are your goals for the coming year? How can your manager support you in meeting these goals?

Maranatha

Maranatha

In a world where fame and infamy
are two sides of the same coin,
who gets to leave a legacy, anyway?

Stand for Something

Stand for Something

One of the best critiques of our generation is that we are so busy deconstructing things, we stand for nothing.

Crying on Public Transit

Crying on Public Transit

Eventually you have to look these fears in the face, and you have to sit with the things, both true and false, that you believe about yourself.

This is 30

This is 30

A lot of people talk about turning thirty like you’re turning dead.

Ending | Beginning

Ending | Beginning

My daughter will be here at the end of February.  I am a mix of emotions.

Good Guys vs. Bad Guys

Good Guys vs. Bad Guys

I am baffled as I listen to TV reporters and NPR correspondents struggle to reconcile their love for someone with the terrible things that person did. We all love people who have done horrible things.

Live at KEXP: This Is the Kit

Live at KEXP: This Is the Kit

I stood ten feet away from Kate Stables in the front row of an audience that barely totaled twenty people, and yet This Is the Kit wasn’t playing for us. They didn’t even know we were there.

The Uppermost Room

The Uppermost Room

The room was smaller than I expected, square with leaded glass windows and peeling paint, a water-stained chartreuse couch and scattered chairs.

I Can Just Be Here

I Can Just Be Here

“Oh! Like ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,’ except with bits of conversation. Without, like, any sort of context or link in between?”

Kitchen Lovely

Kitchen Lovely

It’s not the kitchen I imagined. In fact, it’s nowhere near the kitchen I imagined.
But there’s no place I’m happier in.

The Lady Bird Holiday Gift Guide

The Lady Bird Holiday Gift Guide

This is why Lady Bird is the perfect holiday movie; ultimately, Lady Bird asks us to reckon with what we’ve been given by our parents and by the places we grew up in.