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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Breaking Down Empty Boxes

I’ve crowded my life with empty boxes by comparing myself to other people and holding on to the idea that maybe one day I will be able to “fill the box” of what they have that I don’t.

Long Live the Dog Days

Dogs are an antidote to the barriers we set up as a culture.

It Started as a Joke

When everything you own is pink, excusing it as merely “ironic” becomes less convincing. No, you actually have to admit you’re fond of this obnoxious colour.

Porcelain Nightmare

I located the shutoff valve on the piping and gave it a twist.

A Moment of Silence

There are moments when silence is not the absence of sound. Instead, in those moments, silence is the space, the stillness, where the sound is heard.

Old Friends, New Friends, Red Friends, Blue Friends

I understand those who feel that respect must be earned in order to be given, but that stance won’t end any Cold Wars.

Home Improvement

Home Improvement

by | Sep 25, 2018

Five bags of MAPEI Self Leveler Plus Indoor Self-Leveling Underlayment later, our living room is rather more level than it was before.

Untitled (2008)

Untitled (2008)

First of all, I mean I consumed music almost exclusively from the Red Hot Chili Peppers for three years. If you think I’m exaggerating, talk to any of my friends from high school.

Little Fires Everywhere: A Book Review

Little Fires Everywhere: A Book Review

What if the fairy-tale village is not so innocent? What if the destitute mother sues for custody? What if Cinderella seduces the prince?

Earth, Body, Bank Account

Earth, Body, Bank Account

Will you have psychedelic bathwater? No. Will you be picking glitter out of your nether regions? Also no.

The Marblelympic Spirit

The Marblelympic Spirit

So, please tune in to the Marblelympics because it is the low stakes competition you need in your life, because it is a dazzling little world, and because I really need people I can talk about this with, you guys!

Millennial Scene Reviewed

Millennial Scene Reviewed

I rate this millennial trend three out of five stars.

Cthulhu Fhtagn

Cthulhu Fhtagn

So, we should ask again, and with renewed urgency: why Lovecraft? In the face of his cultural saturation and manifest awfulness, how do we account for and reckon with his appeal?

Four Days of My Google Search History

Four Days of My Google Search History

gma (6:46 p.m.) – Trying to go to Gmail, but autocomplete failed me. “GMA” brings you to “Good Morning America.”
gmail (6:47 p.m.) – Nailed it.

On Fall in Europe

On Fall in Europe

My American Saturdays began with a coffee and a crescendo of college football media. Blogs, Twitter, and ESPN College Gameday made for a surround-sound cacophony of predictions, punditry, and hot takes.

On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!

On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!

When the show released its most recent episodes on US Netflix earlier this month, I of course hit play as soon as I could. But I—like hundreds of others tweeting and otherwise panicking on social media—immediately noticed a difference.

While on a Walk

While on a Walk

Standing there, I have a similar sensation to the one on the Peter Pan ride at Disney World when your pirate ship escapes through the window of the children’s bedroom to reveal a sleepy London beneath you.

Take a Hike

Take a Hike

But after a few more minutes of walking, I saw it: the view from the top—the mountains that dropped into the sea, the trees already changing into their fall garments, the ocean fading into the sky.

The Third Place

The Third Place

Need coffee coffee coffee and a conversation with Lorelai at breakneck speed? Curious what Kirk’s new odd job is?lu

Just Do It

Just Do It

I make it about me, and I don’t listen.

Desert Bloom

Desert Bloom

I mean the real world, the one that roots and flowers and rots and hunts and shivers and casts its eyes to the moon and howls and sinks into dirt and blushes into color.

Kitten, Monotony

Kitten, Monotony

A kitten has milestones: vet visits, physical growth, the passage from kitten to cat food.

Bird Listening

Bird Listening

Rautavaara challenges the assumption that music belongs unequivocally to humanity by making birdsong a challenger and equal partner to “humansong.”

Queso Heart

Queso Heart

I don’t write about Steve that much on this blog because it’s cheesy and annoying and also I know that love isn’t just the cheesy stuff.

Everything is Copying

Everything is Copying

You get one or two good ideas of your own, and that’s it. That’s all you get to work with, and you can either beat your ass like some self-flagellating monk to make something with that idea, or you can leave it alone and keep on copying.

First World Problems: Easy Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Waste

First World Problems: Easy Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Waste

I stitched together my favorite childhood flannel sheets and some old towels to make my own sentimental reusable paper towels.

That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas, But Neither Am I, I Guess)

That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas, But Neither Am I, I Guess)

Get your laughs in, Midwesterners, but for eight-year-old Caitlin, Texas was paradise.

The Visa Voyage

The Visa Voyage

I awoke to our driver speaking in an urgent and concerned tone while tapping the horn.

On and Off with Andy

On and Off with Andy

We’re getting used to this: the shepherding of my distracted attention back into the air. Sitting off to the side and seeing my traffic go by.

“Little Venice” is Sinking

“Little Venice” is Sinking

Neighboring governments are refusing to accept these hungry, oppressed citizens, just for lacking a simple pamphlet made of dead trees and bureaucracy.