On The Uncanny Language of Medical Instagram

Ghoulish humor is a common release valve in a lot of fields that put their practitioners in close proximity to human misery, such as medicine, law enforcement, and journalism. There's a great "Homicide" episode in which a crime victim's family overhears a detective squad talking about the incident in a way that just makes things worse -- not through any hardheartedness or lack of empathy, but as a way to gain a little distance from a terrible situation.

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 1:31 pm 0

On The Chosen Vegetables

Penzeys sells Aleppo pepper (from Turkey). Unlike okra, it is delicious.

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 2:44 pm 0

On Man Persists

Stepping away from the day-to-day seems to have compromised your ability to make me want to open a vein.

This is not a complaint.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 4:59 pm 1

On 'Shy People' and the Consequences of Excavating a Lost Film

"filmed on location in WHERE, Louisiana"?

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 2:45 pm 0

On On Giving Up

Read his novel and thank me later when your brain and heart are bigger and better than they are right now:


Posted on June 27, 2014 at 8:22 am 0

On How a Meme Becomes Myth

Not that the headline wouldn't suck just as hard if they did, but reporters at a paper the size of the Post (either one, actually) don't write their own headlines.

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 11:00 am 0

On How To Not Barf

EMETROL. Emetrol, Emetrol, Emetrol. You're welcome.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm 0

On Giving An 'F': Rewriting The History Of FSG

@Julia Kocich@facebook Twice!

Also, Nan Talese does not work at Algonquin.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 8:52 am 0

On Brenda Russell Is 65

Thanks, Balk. I have enjoyed this song for many, many years without having the slightest inkling that that was the name of it.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 11:11 am 0

On Meet The Awl

You know who else's birthday is April 20th?

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm 5