The Haunted Photo

There was a loud pounding on my dorm room door. “Your mother is downstairs.” Roused from a deep, Saturday morning sleep, my first thought was, “Why?” My second: “Oh, shit.” We had a family portrait session scheduled with a photographer – not the cheap kind you get at Sears, but a professional photographer. I hadn’t showered. I hadn’t done anything with... read more

I Have No Opinion at All on Jian

“Have you seen this?” asked one of my male Facebook friends. “No, just heard about it. And have experienced it to some degree, myself. I heard that it was edited to remove the catcalling white men.” Not that that’s racist, or anything. My experience has been – almost exclusively – with the catcalling white men. The point... read more

Prurient Political Interests

Marriage & Sex The first headline that caught my eye, this morning, was Greg Abbott’s mind-bending defense of banning gay marriage. It seems to go like this, in a nutshell (heavy on the nuts): “Texas’ same-sex marriage ban is ‘rationally related to the State’s interest in reducing unplanned out-of-wedlock births.’ How? ‘By channeling procreative heterosexual intercourse... read more

How to Get Me to Open Your Email

This post isn’t for the spammers. They’ve got this down to an art, although most of us are so onto their game that we automatically skim every subject line with a world-weary eye. I can hear a little voice in my head muttering, “Yeah, sure. Uh huh. Nope, nope, nope. When pigs fly. Who cares…” as I read through what’s left of my inbox after the spam filter’s dumped... read more

Selfies & Storytelling

2013 was officially “The Year of the Selfie.” Experts don’t think it’s just a passing fad, either. Between 2012 and 2013, there was a 17,000% increase in the use of the word “selfie.” There are marvelous selfies, historic selfies (what, you thought your generation invented the self-portrait??), ill-considered selfies, heretical selfies, and selfies that just make us... read more

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