Patrick M

Patrick M

Rakish Puritan

On Ask Polly: My Dad Died Unexpectedly And I Can't Get Over It

I don't mean to jump on the "My Dad Died Too" train (it is the worst train), but my father died last May and I don't think it's something you get over; I think even when it's not something I'm directly thinking about, it's like a constant bass line underneath everything else.
Something that helped me was seeing Laurie Kilmartin go through a similar experience on Twitter last February. I'm not saying "Go read those tweets, it will fix stuff", but just: seeing someone else with a roughly similar mindset as mine go through it and hitting similar dark places and finding similar absurdities ended up being something that was good for me.

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 4:35 pm 3

On A Case for Reading Something Other Than “Middlemarch”

Is Middlemarch what we're calling The Goldfinch? Or

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 10:15 am 0

On Forget It, Jake, It's Kristallnacht

Wait until Tom Perkins plays Candy Crush

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 10:05 am 0

On 'Naked' At 20

Mike Leigh should just start walking up to strangers and going, "OK, stop, come out of character." I know I'd benefit from it

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 10:57 am 0

On Two Marriages In The News Today

@jolie I was leaning toward the Vollmann marriage until I got to the part about how mascara is hard.

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 9:15 am 0


Oh man, just when my lonelygirl15 wounds had finally scarred over

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 10:59 am 2

On Lisa Exits "The Room"

@hopelessshade (hey I grew up there too! Remember the Palms Theatre? OK, thanks for going down this trip through memory lane with me)

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm 0

On Let's Watch This Bear

I discover no kinship, no understanding, no mercy. I see only the overwhelming indifference of hula hoops.

Posted on May 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm 0

On Tom Lehrer Is 85

My introduction to him was a summer when my "job" was transferring recordings of him from my Dad's reel-to-reel to cassette by holding my Panasonic tape recorder next to the speaker. It is sort of weird to hear this song without a vacuum cleaner in the background.

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 11:11 am 0

On In Spite Of Everything Life Somehow Still Manages To Delight On Occasion

Imagine the size of the EAR we could grow on the back of that thing

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 11:18 am 1