On Grief-Stricken Polar Bear Occasionally Distracted From The Crushing Burden Of Existence By Frozen Fish Treat

One of the polar bears at the zoo here in Indianapolis died several years ago, and for months, its mate just swam in circles, over and over, all day, every day. It was one of the most depressing things I've ever seen.

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 10:51 am 0

On Ask Polly: I Am Obsessed With My Boyfriend's Evil Ex-Girlfriend—And Her Blog! (And Their Dogs!)

Once, a long time ago, a friend of mine got obsessed with the blog of the new wife of a (long-gone) ex-boyfriend of mine. I was basically not interested, but my friend would read the new wife's blog and email me quotes from it, complete with links. The time the new wife mentioned, very minimally, that she found her husband's ex (easily identified as me) intimidating was just bizarre. I somehow didn't want to take away my friend's source of entertainment, but didn't really want to read any of it, either.

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm 0

On Ask Polly: How Do I Find True Love And Stop Dating Half-Assed Men?

@themnemosyne Nope. Any dude who feels some ingrained need to pursue is objectively not for me, and I think probably objectively not for a lot of women. Just because he's got some caveman tendencies doesn't mean he can't/shouldn't suppress that shit.

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 10:33 am 0

On Ask Polly: My Great Job At A Top International News Publication Sucks Ass!

This is totally irrelevant to the column, but that cemetery in the photo is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm 0

On Ken Hoinsky On Seduction, Women And Mistakes

@Xenu01 Yeah, number 2 has been my experience in bars more often than not, sadly, complete with aggression, name-calling, and occasional minor violence (slapping, throwing drinks, etc.). This is what happens when you repeatedly and firmly say no to a man who believes in the kind of approach Hoinsky advocates.

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm 0

On Ask Polly: Should I Dump My Stupid, Lazy, Alcoholic Husband?

@blueblazes I'm thinking that's a fundamentalist/anti-birth-control household, if it's real, and she's just not mentioning it. There's no other way possible that her parents support them so she can be a stay at home mom. Which, come to think of it, if it's real it will make it much harder to get rid of him if that's what she decides.

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm 0

On Ask Polly: I'm Afraid To Leave My Abusive Parents' House

@kim_krypto I went through the same thing when I finally, permanently left my mother's house when I was 21. Her rage was irrational and terrifying, but I left anyway.

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm 1

On How Did 'Forrest Gump' Ever Beat Out 'Pulp Fiction' For Best Picture?

For some reason I don't understand, a whole lot of the 18-year-old dudes in the freshman comp classes I teach were crazy about Forrest Gump last fall. They were definitely not appreciating any supposed irony, either.

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm 0

On Did You Still Not Vote Yet? Here Is One Good Reason Why: Paul Ryan

@sarahpm Those conversations remind me so much of the heated discussions we had in the basement of my dorm freshman year. Grow up and learn to understand nuance, people.

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm 0

On Your Lunchmeat Vs. The Machines

I was once on an airplane with the Jared guy. At the terminal exit, we had to walk by a Subway. I giggled.

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm 0