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By HelloTheFuture on Ask Polly: A Chilling Cautionary Tale About the Dangers of Getting Involved With Attached People

Just so y'all know -- there's a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT Ask Polly on The Cut today. It's like getting a special bonus dose of Polly! :)

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:23 pm 6

By Tamlin Eve@facebook on The Time I Worked at That Celebrity Bakery

Stephen Jenkins is either incredibly optimistic or a sociopath. Based solely on the cupcake story. Extras are for either taking or giving, I'm going to give this matter a lot of deep stoner thought.

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 3:24 am 1

By Madly on Polly Asks: New York Magazine Wants Me to Write Ask Polly For Them. Should I Tell Them to Piss Off?

Yay! You deserve this, Polly. I'm a little nervous about a wider troll pool, but dickweasels are people too and they might learn something. Now go eat all of the cheese,

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 5:23 pm 4

By Jen Gann on Polly Asks: New York Magazine Wants Me to Write Ask Polly For Them. Should I Tell Them to Piss Off?

@melis Hi! I'm Jen Gann, the Cut's copy editor. You're definitely right that a lot people use "swole" (Urban Dictionary, which we consult sometimes for slang usage, lists it). For this post, I chose "swoll" for two reasons: (1) Maggie Lange, the post's author, wrote it, and I trust her humor and slang instincts, and (2) "swoll" is closer to "swollen" visually, which I think helps get the meaning across to people who might not be familiar with the term. The copy desk at NYMag.com debates slang usage pretty often; we like to have fun while remaining comprehensible to a wide audience. We've already discussed the kinds of entries Heather Havrilesky is going to get into our style guide. Can't wait for the first opportunity to add "dickweasel."

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm 2

By Paula Nolan@facebook on Some Things I Will Miss About Brooklyn

I love your photographs and your photography. I love your project on addiction very much, but you capture all people with such love. You are gifted and use the gift well. Look after yourself.

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm 2

By garlicmustardweed on Ask Polly: I Want People to Know the Real Me But It Just Won't Come Out

Dear LW, take comfort in the knowledge that you DO have some vague sense of self. At 19, I did not have any "self"; I lived purely for the reaction and affirmation of the outside world. As long as the reaction that I got was good, then I succeeded. I was very charming and very empty. I think its wonderful, at 19, that you are so thoughtful about what you say and that you spend time exploring whether it is what you mean or don't mean or how you feel or just a cliché. Thats great. Whatever conclusions you come to, value them. Value your opinions and also give other people the benefit of the doubt that they are also trying to figure out their opinions. Explore them together and you'll both benefit from being known. It is also OK to have a conversation that you start by saying "I don't know how I feel about _________, but I think its important." That's a humble and perfectly reasonable way to approach the world. Not everyone needs to be an editorial writer for the New York Times or a pundit on Fox News. Ie, being overly sure in your opinions can be obnoxious when the world is full of many perspectives.

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm 2

By Clarence Rosario on Notes from a Crab Massacre

I'm from Buenos Aires and I say eat 'em all!

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 10:42 am 4

By KarenUhOh on The Future Is the Sound of Your Own Voice

I think I get your drift here, but honestly? It's NPR, for crying out loud. How much more are you sealing yourself in your own amber if you let its algorithms hum along with your "tasted" choices?

Not that I'd do it, though. I like the chaos of an unscripted sensibility that mirrors my own.

And P.S.: Don't go getting ideas, Awl Network Peoples. You don't run What A World anymore.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:13 pm 2

By Gef the Talking Mongoose on Symmetry Cruel

Wake me when they find health benefits from being unfulfilled and irritable.

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm 2

By Ralph Haygood on Reasons to Weep

@deepomega: Needless to say, Ms. Bresch isn't going to become a Dutch citizen and thereby expose herself to Dutch taxes on individuals. No siree. Last year, the rate on income over 55,991 euros was 52% (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_tax_in_the_Netherlands). TYRANNY!!!

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm 4