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On Ask Polly: Should I Cut My Abusive Mother Out of My Life Forever?

I second this emotion. After a bewildering childhood left me broken and not close to my parents, I moved far away and spent lots of energy distancing myself from them. But as my relationship with *myself* improved (largely by getting sober and cutting out lots of other self-destructive behaviors), I began to see that caring for my relationship with my parents helped *me*.

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 10:26 am 0

On Who Will Disrupt the Public Good?

in SF at least, people are being paid to camp out in spots in valuable neighborhoods so that they can then rent those spaces out on the app (because if noone uses the app, noone uses the app). Now THAT'S what I call trickle-down economics.

It's also, at least in San Francisco, VERY illegal. http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/23/parking-apps/

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm 0

On The Brooklyn Prophesy

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm 0

On The Brooklyn Prophesy

It wouldn't really be an article/review about Williamsburg's heyday unless it opened with some egregious name-dropping. Extra bonus points for pointing out which character in the book the reviewer inspired.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm 0

On Ask Polly: I Want to Get Laid But I'm Afraid of Oppressing Women

It is completely and totally possible to be a red-blooded, masculine man without being a rape-y douche. Those two things need not be synonymous. LW doesn't need to apologize (literally or figuratively) for being male. LW is already painfully aware of the male privilege he enjoys, most of the men who act offensively aren't aware at all.

Just treat women like people. Normal, human people. Who also want sex. Maybe with you, LW? Find out!

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:22 pm 0

On Beauty and Ruin in Pigeon Forge

I was lucky enough to visit Dollywood a few years ago, and it absolutely surreal. I have a distinct memory of fried chicken whizzing past my head at regular intervals. It strains the true/false fake/real axes as much as anything on the Vegas Strip. As a child of Orange County who grew up in the shadow of the mindfuck that is The Magic Kingdom, I can say that Dollywood has Disneyland beat by a country mile.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm 0

On Story Covered

Why is there a photo of a giraffe carcass heading this story?

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 11:21 am 0

On The Collage Artist

@Trilby I can see where you're coming from. I would be bummed out if a teenager I knew was seriously into emulating Lana Del Rey. But isn't that vision just one of the shadowy faces of femininity? It's something I sense beneath the surface in myself and many other grown women I know.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 9:05 am 0

On The Collage Artist

@Subway Suicide@twitter and nevermind that 'Video Games' and 'American' are among the best pop songs on offer since Britney Spears 'Toxic'.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm 1

On The Collage Artist

I've never been able to understand the Lana Del Rey hate. Sure, her persona is contrived! Of course it's hollow and doesn't bear up under close scrutiny! But that's ALL pop culture. Into the empty void we pour ourselves. Ms Del Rey's artistic output is all shiny surface, all reflection, and we use it to examine ourselves.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 5:39 pm 1