Something to be Smug About

After forty-seven years on this planet I can admit I do not have very much to be smug about. I’m not wildly popular or famous or fashionable or beautiful or sexy or rich or ambitious or successful or I dunno other things people are smug about. I’m an Angry Hermit/Spinster who believes people should be in awe of my good taste* and is consistently disappointed…

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The New Project Runway

When I heard that Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn were leaving “Project Runway,” I was crushed. “Project Runway” is my favorite show currently airing on TV. Or maybe it’s tied for #1, because I love “Top Chef” a whole bunch too. In fact, since I cut cable back in 2011 “Project Runway” and “Top Chef” are the only two shows I consistently buy from Amazon….

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What if Jolene wrote Call Your Girlfriend?

I’m slightly worried that I am depressed again or that maybe I have depression. I did zero things all weekend besides lay about napping, reading With the Fire on High (which was disappointing), and watching MasterChef Season 9, even though I kind of hate the ridiculous over-production of the show and the amped up melodramatics. This morning I didn’t want to get out of bed…

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On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day & the 47th Anniversary of Me-Day

When I worked at Jasc one of my tasks was to find and interview people who used our software. Then I’d write a story about them and their art for our newsletter. It was, by far, the best part of my job. The people I interviewed were always super pumped to talk about their hobbies and really passionate about what they did. Passionate people are…

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Trust Exercise

By all accounts, Susan Choi’s novel Trust Exercise is the kind of book I should have hated. The narrators are unreliable. The author is a bit coy with us in the beginning. Another character is referred to as “the author” is the fictional author? Susan Choi? Can anyone be trusted here? Just what is going on? I’m not entirely sure what in the hell is…

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That Decade Went By Quickly

Today marks the 10th Anniversary of getting laid off at The Nerdery*. I’ve been doing the Unemployment Boogaloo for ten years. How did this happen? Do you remember 2009? I look back on it fondly now, even though I was getting laid off as the ad world cratered thanks to the great 2008 financial implosion. Obama was president and I was in my thirties. IN…

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