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The Final Countdown to Arrested Development's Return

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 2:35 PM

"What have we always said is the most important thing?"

"Breakfast."

"Family."

Arrested Development began with a deadpan exchange between father and son, tucked comfortably within their sleeping bags. From the housing community whose name sounded like salad dressing, to what could have been "F*ck Mountain," emerged the most amusing...

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Dunham in the Nude: Changing or Reinforcing Stereotypes?

(24) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 5:34 PM

On the heels of Sunday night's episode, Girls viewers are again discussing Dunham's obsession with nudity.

Writers from Slate, Esquire, and Entertainment Weekly doubt the authenticity of Hannah's tryst with a handsome older doctor (played by Patrick Wilson), as summed up by Slate's "Guys on Girls" remark,...

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The More the Merrier?

(6) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 12:04 PM

Like a game of telephone, my message got garbled somewhere between its publication with The Atlantic and reactions posted around the web.

I was surprised to see readers literally interpreting my article's tongue-in-cheek title, "Single People Should Get to Have Weddings, Too." They were as quick to conjure...

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Voyeurism of Violence: New Reality Shows Cross the Line

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 11:24 AM

These days, conversations about violence center on gun control, but there's a lesser evil lurking on our television screens. New reality shows romanticizing twisted relationships -- including Investigation Discovery's Deadly Women, Wicked Attraction, and Frenemies -- marry violence and voyeurism.

It's one thing to watch bloodshed rooted in history or...

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Facebook Threatens Privacy... Again

(6) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 5:40 PM

In 2004, I joined Facebook, eager to communicate with classmates... then colleagues... now the world.

Although I've been a relatively loyal follower of the network through the years, one not-so-minor issue befuddles me: Why does Facebook continuously change its interface against the wishes of its users?

Facebook used to be...

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Lose Weight and Friends for a Mere $14.52

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 10:03 AM

Every day, I spend an hour and a half on board New York City's 2 train. When I'm not drafting awkward emails from my blackberry, attempting to befriend small children, or playing Spelltower on my iPad (I'm an equal-technology consumer), I read advertisements spanning train walls.

Advertisements distract me from...

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Q&A With Laura Hooper, Star of 'Crumble'

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 11:54 AM

Last week I attended Crumble, a one-woman play in the kitchen of a private home. Along with 15 random theater enthusiasts, I settled into a stranger's Upper West Side apartment for "site-specific theater" -- a term coined by Laura Hooper and Mark O'Neil, English expatriates in New York. After creating...

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YouTube Video Vortex: The Giant Panda Edition

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 4:11 PM

There are countless advantages to working from home: pajamas all day, 30 second commute to living room sofa and nominal office drama. Despite her outright bitchiness, my cat is remarkably adept at avoiding professional conflict, though she does occasionally clash with the printer. TV shows provide entertainment and opportunities for...

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Reunion Retrospective: Life After Law School

(6) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 3:15 PM

According to my calendar and an upcoming reunion, I graduated from law school five years ago. This means that half a decade has passed since I patted myself on the back for completing what was said to be one of life's biggest challenges. And it was... just not for any...

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Travel Woes: The Airline Edition

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Babies are screaming at every pitch. A high school music troupe is attempting to harmonize from somewhere behind me, and I'm beginning to think that my gangly legs will have to be checked to my final destination. When, precisely, did I begin suffering from claustrophobia?

For approximately four minutes, my...

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What The Bachelor Says About Women and Modern-Day Relationships

(40) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 1:18 PM

There was a time when I allowed myself to believe in the sincerity of shows like The Bachelor. Though exaggerated, the process occasionally worked, and the series satisfied my voyeuristic curiosity. I may not have liked the contestants, understood why they adhered to such unconventional romantic arrangements, or kept a...

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Top Chef Misrepresents Texas

(86) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 8:50 AM

A weekly tradition was born when Top Chef first aired six years ago. Desperate for time away from the library, a small group of law students, all foodies, convened for dinner and debate in my tiny Austin apartment. We never anticipated that our ritual would continue years later in New...

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Just One Hug: My Friendliness Makes a Toddler Cry (VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 4:50 PM

Strange things happen when I attempt to befriend children, as you'll see in the following video:

I've known little Mary since she was born, and we've spent quality time together, but she still refuses my friendship. In this video I continuously ask her for a hug, which she rebuffs... first by inching away from me, then by burying her head in her arms, and finally by crying.

Unfortunately, this was not the first time my friendliness led to chaos, judgment, or embarrassment. When I approach children, tears are shed. Cries, sometimes piercing, are heard. Feelings are hurt, and not just mine.

The worst incident occurred in Stockholm several summers ago. I was enjoying a caffeine boost in an urban McDonald's when a young woman sat at the table beside mine with her toddler. The toddler looked at me between licks of ice cream, and I smiled back at him, then waved.

All of a sudden, the towheaded toddler hurled his ice cream toward the ground and began screaming at the top of his lungs. In his panic, he inadvertently caused his mother's tray of food to tumble to the ground. I, fixing my eyes on my cup of coffee, hoped the child's and my distress would soon cease, but out of nowhere appeared a tall, angry man, the child's father. He reprimanded me in Swedish, not that I understood a word, as perplexed as I was by his child's fit.

I'd like to say that my adult size, voice and stature are to blame for these incidents, but I am a relatively normal adult. Besides, I've been scaring children since I was one.
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A Hassle-Free Guide To Visiting New York City Landmarks

(6) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 7:00 AM

We crave travel or at least vacation. We devote excruciating hours at work to earn it, and when it comes, we anticipate our trip as it gently hovers on the horizon. We don't yet know about the mix-up with the first hotel; the cathedral we make a special trip to...

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Toddlers and Tiaras: What Happens When Bedazzled Babies Grow Up

(16) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 2:06 PM

Ever wonder what happens when the toddlers of Toddlers and Tiaras grow up? Check out this new video by the Katydids, a comedy troupe based in Chicago, for unique insights into the future of our country's bedazzled babies.

The Katydids are a six-member ensemble of some of Chicago's best up-and-coming...

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Kim Kardashian Divorce: The Irrelevant News That Ruined My Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 7:06 PM

It should have been a joyous day, one filled with pumpkins, trick-or-treating, candy-induced food comas and epic costumes, but I was busy grumbling about the most unlikely source.

Kim Kardashian.

The big-bottomed, buxom faux-celebrity who insists on inserting her giant assets into seemingly every realm of media. Most recently,...

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The Little Writer Who Couldn't Spell: 30 Years of Bizarre Storytelling

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 12:37 PM

After exorcising my bowl cut demons, I set out to unearth my storytelling roots.

One day in the very distant future, having published countless obscure and arguably entertaining stories, people will want to know how it all began. At the very least, my friends and family will, as evidenced by...

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Where's the Justice? Ohio Animal Frenzy Leads to Hapless Killing.

(5) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 1:35 PM

Over the past 48 hours, nearly fifty wild animals have been killed in Ohio after being released by their owner, Terry Thompson, who subsequently took his own life.

Through harrowing tales by Ohio residents and police officers, the online community has been seized with terror, imagining panic at encountering...

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Saving Endangered Species, One Documentary at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2011 | 10:50 PM

Travel and nature programs transport us to the places we long to visit. The best capture sights and sounds that elude even the best traveled: a young leopard exiting its den for the first time; hunts that fatigue the cheetah's lanky limbs; and lion roars sounding at dusk, sending terror...

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Life-ruining 1980s Hair

(13) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 5:55 PM

The lives of children have dramatically improved since my birth 30 years ago. Creative, outdoor play has been replaced by safer forms of entertainment: video games, laptops, and a never-ending stream of Apple products. I dreamed of one day having my own phone line. Landlines are now obsolete, and children...

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