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Write the Great American Novel In 10 Easy Steps

(34) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 2:18 PM

1) Be a dude, ideally dead. (Twain, Mailer, Faulkner, Hawthorne, Melville)

a. If you are not a dude, be:

i. Toni Morrison
ii. A woman who publishes only one book her entire life (Harper Lee, Margaret Mitchell,
...

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How a Baby Is Like Having a Drunk Person Crash at Your House

(32) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 11:37 AM

Like a drunk person crashing at your house, a baby may:

  • Need to be carried inside
  • Paw at your breasts, with or without other people present
  • Insist on telling long, incomprehensible stories
  • Cry
  • Eat all your applesauce
  • Lurch around in an uncoordinated fashion, grabbing at your furniture for balance
  • Fall
  • ...
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Django: A Passover Story

(10) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 10:49 AM

Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.

Will Smith made it clear recently that he passed over the title role in Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning revenge fantasy Django Unchained because the character wasn't "the lead."

"I need to be the lead," Smith said. "The other character was the...
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Free to Be ... Me: Why Do Other People's Choices Make Us So Cranky?

(61) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 3:24 PM

America is suffering from an epidemic. No, it has nothing to do with smoking or obesity; it doesn't even have to do with gun violence.* It has to do with unwonted bitterness and anger toward other people's choices. No one, it seems, can be comfortable with their own decisions without...

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"Men's Fiction" vs. "Mommy Porn"

(16) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Starting in June, Esquire magazine, in conjunction with Open Road Media, will publish e-books of what it is calling "Fiction for Men." According to The New York Times:

David Granger, the editor in chief of Esquire, said he has lamented the loss of space that magazines devoted to publishing fiction....
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Stumbling Toward Diversity

(10) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 6:12 PM

Pop culture doesn't reflect the diversity of day-to-day life in America, especially in urban centers. Lena Dunham's new series Girls on HBO -- so wonderfully, awkwardly realistic when it comes to depicting bad job interviews, the vagaries of friendship, and bad sex -- flails like a dying fish when dealing...

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A Closer Look at 'Mommy Porn'

(378) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 4:20 PM

Currently, Fifty Shades of Grey--an Australian e-book by an unknown female author with no marketing budget--is fourth on USA Today's Best-Selling Books list, behind only the Hunger Games trilogy. Grey's two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Free, have also climbed into the Top 20. And panic is gripping...

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