Triggered by my officemates' reaction to this apparently devastating news from the world of music:
Welcome to My Husband Hates Me Because..., our series in which we explore all the quirky and charming ways that we inadvertently drive our spouses crazy.
Yes, according to this HuffPo article about the "no grammar, no punctuation" movement evidenced in texts, tweets and ON THE INTERNET. I've always thought it communicated a breezy smugness, an already-knowingness bandied about by like-minded groups of internet friends (Twitter circles, IG favoriters, et al). When…
I wish this Vulture article was on Kinja so we could discuss the worst episodes of Lost. So I'm bringing it in. I love the show, but there are some real stinkers sprinkled in among the brilliance.
Hello! Megan Gilbert here, Content Director of the Studio. I'm compelled to write this because this week was...hmmmm, how can I say this? Oh, here we are: stupendous.
...is not this one. But let's play anyway! [via Flavorwire: Who Wrote It James Franco or Jenna Jameson?]
Oxford University Press's Katherine Connor Martin, in addition to having an enviable title (Head of US Dictionaries), published an in-depth look at the brotastic "neologistic phenom." It would be basically the best thing ever written for the incorporation of "brogrammer" and the Encino Man reference alone, but it's in…
A study led by two strangely alluring researchers from the New School for Social Research concludes that "after reading literary fiction, as opposed to popular fiction or serious nonfiction, people performed better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence." Duh.
Because the Hairpin is internet brilliance, Jia Tolentino imagined her way inside five New Yorker writers' minds as they hypothesize about the one loose end from the Breaking Bad finale: what happened to our man Huell, left sitting on a pleather safe-house sofa, waiting for Hank and Gomie to come back?
This Mental Floss article unpacks the story of a suffix, the little "-ling." The most interesting tidbit is how judgey it was. For a while, it indicated disdain and was used for things that were "small but not cute": underling. Weakling. Richling (snotty, rich people).
Up on the Aesthete today is the latest interview* with Brooklyn darling turned LA dude, Jonathan Lethem. He's a polarizing writer: in certain circles, his books will get the old "but nothing happens" whine/debate going (see also: Alice Munro**). He's known for waxing poetic about NYC (his literary breakthrough was a…
And Meredith Baxter (Birney)'s involved. It was his first published piece of fiction in a national magazine (Playboy). Read it here.
To celebrate her new, long-awaited novel The Goldfinch (that's three novels in a span of 20 years, a truly Franzenian (?) pace), Donna Tartt will be at the Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, NY on October 29. She'll read and then chat with critic Maud Newton.