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death of an icon
purgatory and the mobile lifestyle
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: tech
5.3.10 • CLASSIC

You know a column is going to be GREAT when it starts out with apologies. Disclaimer #1: No one died. I'm sorry for exposing you to the sloppy practice of luring you in with an out-of-context title. I know that if you were on Google searching for an edge in Celebrity Death Bingo and have now wasted up to 20 seconds of your life reading an article on what you thought was a website called Intrepid Medical, you're probably all cheesed at my sleight of hand. No, we don't do that here, we're total

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there's a word for it
the art of the title
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
2.3.10 • CLASSIC

So, my first novel is coming out next spring. A year and change from now. I would like you to buy it, of course. I would like you to buy many many copies and give them to everyone you've ever met and organize book club discussions around them. Also parties. And parades. And over-the-top festivities of all sorts. To that end, I would also like to tell you what the novel is called, but: right now, I can't. It's an occupational hazard of publishing, this. (Of course publishing has SO many occupat

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making the cut
like pulling the plug, but with less government interference
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: music
5.9.12 • CLASSIC

This past weekend, I was forced to make one of the hardest decisions any of us will ever have to make in our lifetimes.

I had to delete about 100 songs from my mp3 player.

Well, that's not entirely true. I had to replace my mp3 player (a Sony), which died on Friday, and it turned out that the new one, while technically holding the same capacity as the old one (8 gigs), held about 100 fewer songs. I think this is because the new player is bluetooth compatible while the old one was not, but it could also be because the universe occasionally likes to laugh at me.

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baby without the maybe
awake in the present moment of pregnancy
by michelle von euw
topic: general
7.12.10 • CLASSIC

I won’t be pregnant forever. This thought turns itself over in my head as I lie awake at some way too early hour, experiencing the insomnia that has been yet another symptom to add to a growing list. As the months ahead of me that have been carefully measured turn to weeks, to days, what this statement means has changed significantly, too. At first, it was a forbidden thought: I was so terrified during my first trimester, so scared that something would go wrong, that I barely allowed myself t

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this book is a movie
strike that, reverse it
by mike julianelle
topic: film
2.6.09 • CLASSIC

Whenever I make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich - which is more and more often these days as my household feels the economic crunch - I make sure to spread the jelly first. And thank God I do. If I dip the knife into the peanut butter BEFORE I spread the jelly on, it's a lot harder to remove the residue that remains after I put the peanut butter on the bread. I need to either get a new knife, take a minute to clean the old knife, or - and this is what typically happens when you're lazy - p

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portrait of an artist: gayle lynds
spying on the world
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: writing
3.29.10 • CLASSIC

It’s no secret: award-winning author Gayle Lynds loves a little cloak and dagger. She’s even written novels under a pseudonym (but if we told you the name, we'd have to...well, you know). Millions of readers around the world follow the twists and turns of her female protagonists as they flip over the mossy rocks of international espionage. Lynds is one of few women writing this genre. In fact, when she pitched her first novel, Masquerade, in the early 1990s, one publisher rejected it, saying,

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you ain't no god expert
reflections on an early lesson in glitter and gold
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: general
1.11.10 • CLASSIC

Summertime in Los Angeles to the just transplanted 22-year-old: sparkling, translucent, savory. The paradise left me dazed, by random, but magical, run-ins with celebrities; eclectic, yet elegant mansions on famous, winding avenues; the infinite array of exotic, effortlessly attractive women. The difference between visiting Los Angeles and living there, however, amounted to a contrast in empathy: the former allowed you to admire the wealthy, while the latter reminded you of your distance from t

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i'm officially out of fashion
because the next big thing is phat with a “f”
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: pop culture
8.21.09 • CLASSIC

Heidi Klum reminds us on each episode of Project Runway that, in fashion: "One day you're in, and the next day, you're out." Well if the alleged latest craze is true, then I'm out, and a lot of lazy slobs are in by default. On Thursday, August 13th, the New York Times Fashion and Style section featured a piece by Guy Trebay called "It's Hip to Be Round," which seemingly endorsed potbellies as this year's New York hipster accessory of choice. Mr. Trebay's article isn't available online

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sir, you have entirely too much baggage
either pack your therapist or learn to pack light.
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
9.26.11 • CLASSIC

On a recent transcontinental flight, in between offering First Class a pre-departure beverage and greeting the shuffling masses, I had to keep one eye open for people and their drama. I mean baggage.

I shouldn't have to be the Bag Nazi. I'd much rather be nice to you, I truly would. It gives me wrinkles when I have to frown at you, admonish you, tell you to turn your phone off for the seventh time, ask you to please bring your seat up, request that you please hurry up and step out of the aisle, etc. I'd like to avoid that additional early aging if I could.

But the bag situation, well, it's getting out of hand.

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life sans an iphone
a strangely positive end to my apple snobbery
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: humor
7.20.11 • CLASSIC

For the last two years, I've been a smartphone user. I've been a satisfied user of an Apple iPhone 3G, and considered it pretty important on a day-to-day basis to have an Internet connection. I've loved having immediate email access with the ability to check into Facebook or Twitter whenever I wanted to. All that came to a screeching halt two weeks back, when my iPhone refused to boot. At all. As I slowly comprehended that not all Apple phones are the totally perfect products their commercia

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the power to decide
why it’s necessary for women to control their birth control
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
3.7.12 • CLASSIC

When Sandra Fluke stood up to testify in front of Congress on February 23rd about the importance of accessible birth control for all women, she probably didn’t expect to be called a prostitute. Women probably didn’t think that, in March of 2012, we’d be defending our right to use a medicine that was approved for sale 52 years ago. And yet, here we are again having to convince people – primarily men – that women do have the right to have sex without pregnancy.

We live in a time when men are lowering or erasing the barriers that allow them to get women pregnant (see: insurance-subsidized Viagra), while making it harder and harder for women to prevent conception. While the issue is birth control, no-one is really talking about condoms in this case. Condoms are available on supermarket shelves, they cost less to buy, and they are known to prevent STIs – a definite medical benefit. They also require the consent of a man. The real subject of the conversation is the pill: the birth control method that women control and that women can practice with or without a man’s knowledge or consent.* The question then becomes not just should women use contraception, but should women be allowed to choose contraception on their own? There are many excellent reasons why the answer is – and should always be – yes.

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how the privileged get more privileges
mo' money, mo'... products?
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
5.22.09 • CLASSIC

You're probably familiar with artists working outside their genre. You see it most often when it comes to singers acting (Madonna, Kid'n'Play, Britney, Beyonce, etc.), or actors singing (Scarlett Johanssen, Keanu Reeves, Russell Crowe, William Shatner), or Paris Hilton speaking. Occasionally, however, you'll see celebrities getting into other areas. In many cases, it's a self-promotion and marketing strategy, like you see with the dozens of celebrity endorsed fragrances. Until recently, I

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constant craving
*the secret* to success
by heather m. millen
topic: humor
8.27.08 • CLASSIC

The other day I was sitting at my desk. It was about 4:00 in the afternoon, the day had been a bit stressful and I was greatly in need of a tiny token of relief. Suddenly, I realized that all my soul craved was a cookie. I don't eat cookies very often but who am I to judge what my soul desires? My husband happened to call and I said aloud and with conviction: "I really want a cookie." Ask. Cookies are good. I used to make cookies with my grandmother. She made these amazing little thumbp

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the cult of eff
bearing facebook's existential weight
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
11.7.11 • CLASSIC

Sleepless.

It's two in the morning. My 5-year-old daughter has been in school exactly one week, and she's already brought home a lovely collection of drawings, handwriting worksheets, and the requisite headcold, which is now keeping me awake, along with the surprisingly annoying pitterpat of rain on asphalt and a Sudafed-induced psychedelia of voices and images swirling 'round my poor, stuffy skull.

I'm a bit of a worrier, and at my age and life stage (the two aren't exactly in sync thanks to my spending all of my twenties and, yes, even some of my thirties trying to be a professional musician) there's plenty of nourishment for the big green monster loving in Binkley's Anxiety Closet.

Still, I was somewhat shocked - enough so to prop myself up and subject my watery eyes to the microwave blaze of the iPad - to discover I was not only lying awake, suffering the indignities of late-night snot and Psuedoephedrine night terrors, I was also sweating the increasing burden and exponential, existential complexity of Facebook.

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