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Requiem for a Frustrated Writer

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

I wouldn't even mind if you insulted me. Dash my hopes. Crush my dreams. Seriously. After being ignored for so long, a form of Stockholm Syndrome sets in. Go ahead, tell me my idea sucks, say a typing ferret could do better, but say SOMETHING!!

No, I Won't Use an e-Reader

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.02.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

The book encapsulated a deep sense of pleasure, safety, wonder, satisfaction, and above all, love. These early experiences linger with us, and can have enormous emotional resonance.

The True American Gods: Comic Book Heroes

Carl Pettit | Posted 08.12.2013 | Entertainment
Carl Pettit

These fictional men and women, who wear inappropriately tight-fitting spandex costumes and only exist in our imaginations, bring hope to millions of real people on a daily basis, and have become an integral part of American cultural life and identity.

Opening the Hips in Yoga: The Frog, Fire Log and Swan

Tara Fass | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Fass

Soreness in the hips is another occupational hazard, a byproduct of sitting for many hours at a time and living in a city with significant traffic-laced drive times.

A Frustrating Fact of Telephone Life

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 12.03.2012 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

Who was on the phone? I don't know. They hung up. They didn't say anything? No, they just hung up. That's weird. Who do you think it was?

My Resistance to Online Dating Is Probably Futile

Ilana Ross | Posted 09.13.2011 | Home
Ilana Ross

I don't know how to explain my unwillingness to search for love on the Internet. But something about it touches a nerve -- the nerve that is resistant to giving up spontaneity to calculation.

Trying for One Little Thought of My Very Own (VIDEO)

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

In my first-ever video blog, I spend an entire day in L.A. trying to have "just one little thought" of my very own. It doesn't prove to be easy.

Allure of the Hive: Experts on Connectivity, Social Networking and Social Change

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

A distinguished panel of experts gathered Saturday at the Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination for a standing room-only r...

Life Is a Luxury Crisis

John Vorhaus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Vorhaus

It's bad news that people got stuck in airports, but we're losing sight of something. If you're stuck in an airport, it means you're privileged -- and wealthy -- enough to be flying in the first place.

Welcome to the United States of Dystopia

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

There's firewood stacked under the whole idea of America -- a place where you're judged by what you can do, not by who your grandparents were. And the worst part is, this has nothing to do with left/right politics.

The Cooperstown Shooting: Move On, Folks -- Nothing to See Here

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Andrew Reinbach

That is mainly a case of people looking for easy answers. What we have here amounts to a tale of teenaged angst, writ large.

Facebook: You Can Run, But You Can't Hide

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lesley M. M. Blume

The question becomes: sometimes isn't it better just to let sleeping dogs lie?