1. Birth: Anticlimactic. Suspense building for nine months, and for what? A dark, messy and not all that joyful resolution. And who really believes that the "Husband" would suddenly shift from indifferent, absent spouse to soothing, expectant dad? The introduction of the epidural minimized dramatic impact, and lowered the stakes significantly. From that point forward, I was disengaged. The emergency C-section twist held promise, but it was at once too gory and too detached. How is that even possible? The only thing that redeemed this train wreck was the baby (me!) who gave a heroic performance. Tough to pull that off when you're covered in white gunk.
2. First [...]
★★★★ The rubber ball, bounced and kicked around the Sheep Meadow, picked up smears of mud and lost them on the damp grass and picked up new ones. Lumps of heavy gray cloud clogged up the otherwise blue-and-white morning sky, and humidity blunted the crispness. Broad waves of shade moved over the open space. A small child in robes was posed for a portrait session, balanced on a folding stool in the middle of the open lawn, while someone played a rattle drum. The six-year-old complained that his sneakers had soaked up too much water; the two-year-old had already splashed one foot in the puddle between roots of the spreading sawtooth [...]
Paul Johnson Calderon, a high school classmate, had fallen off my radar in the years since we’d graduated. The very little I knew about him was pieced together via Facebook—that he had at one point been a Vogue fashion assistant, that he was a bow-tie entrepreneur. I vaguely remembered he had been featured as a New York socialite in High Society, a CW reality show, but hadn’t had television at the time.
I was aware of Paul as many people were aware of him: as a bon vivant, someone gregarious, generous and charming. His Facebook page was full of playful selfies, with Paul in a bowtie, rings and [...]
People love Katy B, and in this case, people are not wrong, but sweet mother of Christ can we give it a rest with the masked sex parties? At this point this is what PTA meetings all across America look like, let's get something to suggest danger and excitement that is a little more exotic than what you find in your average Starbucks bathroom after hours. [Via]
Some people have argued that teaching people to cook from scratch is the answer to hunger and poor health in North America. Such cookery advocates argue that cost, or income, is not the major barrier to eating nutritious food. Frugal food bloggers chronicle their attempts to live on a dollar a day; Slow Food USA hosted the $5 Challenge with the cheeky tagline "Take back the 'value meal.'" Mark Bittman, the celebrated New York Times columnist and cookbook [...]
Longtime Community writer Megan Ganz, who joined Modern Family's writing staff midway through last season, is growing up. Gone are the all-nighters spent staring at the newly-reinstated Dan Harmon’s famed story circles. At her new job, Ganz can clock out at 6pm. She has a social life, side projects, and sleep. And bit by bit, she’s learning to write for ABC’s Emmy darling, which (to no one’s surprise) took home its fourth consecutive Outstanding Comedy Series award Sunday.
I recently caught up with Ganz for a long chat about moving from meta-humor to mockumentary, balancing work with everything else, and why she’ll never stop adoring Community from afar.
In this remarkable feat of bravery against the odds, a daredevil attempts the greatest challenge of all: He struggles to wend his way through an obstacle course of tragedy, sorrow and regret, with each choice he makes culminating in a banquet of recrimination and providing a future consisting mainly of even more unpleasant options from which to select, knowing the whole time that the only end result is his own demise, adding even more sadness to the lives of those he loves and upon whom he has already piled unimaginable anguish, all the while under the impression that his intentions were good. Oh, wait, this is a dude skydiving [...]
Imagine that your best friend has blood cancer. Out there somewhere you know there's a good shot at a cure — a matching bone marrow donor. You just have to find the right person.
What if you knew a pair of persistent misconceptions are making the hunt for your friend’s matching donor a lot harder?
A lot of people think that donating bone marrow is a long and painful process. Many people also worry they'll get stuck with a lot of medical bills if they get called to donate marrow.
We've all thought: hey, there oughta be a German word for that. (Have we ever.) Now here comes Schottenfreude, from our Internet pal Ben Schott—it's coming down the pike in a month. You can get it from your book vendor of choice.
And mark your calendars for what will surely be a very serious lecture at Cooper Union on November 1.
So long! It was fun to be governed. Kind of. Well not really.
★★ The ceiling of early clouds looked solid, but downriver in New Jersey there were sunlit buildings. For a few hours, autumn's progress was diverted into a humid spring morning, too damp to bundle up against without sweating. The clouds thinned to blue in spots in the west, then cleared out past the zenith, leaving only the east blurred and gray. But the afternoon was cloudy again, and colder. Uptown, light hit the subway entrance, but failed to achieve any greater purpose. The sky was noise: open blue patches, ugly yellow gray over Midtown. It took the sun's descent to clear up the dissonance, resolving everything overhead into trusty symphonic harmony, [...]
One Three-Day Pass to Riot Fest, $167.23 Riot Fest, a punk, rock, and alternative music festival runs a neat little racket: Before all of the bands are announced, you can buy discounted two- and three-day passes. After they announce some more bands, you can buy full-price multi-day passes. Then they announce all the bands, but not which day they’re playing, and about a month before the show, they release the schedule and single-day tickets go on sale. Unless you are a festival-lover, into pop-punk, or perhaps both, you probably want a single-day ticket.
I am neither of these, and I wanted a single-day ticket, but there was a [...]