1. Toasties. Spicy hurts so bad but so good.

  2. 0-1 months  Capable of babbling at parents and other familiar figures Often seen speaking to a presence invisible Vocalizations come from someplace deeper and more primal than the throat Caul of silk appears around the face Soul impermanence 1-3 months Begins holding grudges and crafting crude effigies Sudden changes in breathing Minor shapeshifting…

  3. Oh, no, Jan Hooks has died! I am sure we will know more when you wake up and read this, but I'm very surprised and sad.


    life is a rich damn tapestry


    If you enjoyed Alexis Coe interviewing Karen Abbott, you'll love Karen Abbott interviewing Alexis Coe:

    You have a detailed chapter on the use of media, and local papers’ relationship to men…

  4. LITERALLY ALL OF EUROPE CAN ENTIRELY SUCK IT: For decades, the only evidence of ancient cave art was in Spain and southern France. It led some to believe that the creative explosion that led to the art and science we know today began in Europe. But the discovery of paintings of a similar age in Indonesia shatters this view, according to Prof Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London.

  5. I really did not mean to end up on a dark energy project.

    In fact, the year I applied for jobs, it was a running joke. Inevitably every year there is some “cool” topic that you must insert into your job applications. My year it was dark energy. Studying planets? Better mention dark energy. We all chortled as we applied for all the jobs we would not get, and figured out

  6. Hunger is the beginning of every story. It might not be the most literal sort of hunger, but there is always something wanted, what the folklorist Vladimir Propp summed up as “lack.” There is something missing--to get the shivers, to find a lost brother, to make a solemn princess laugh, to have a child-- and by the end of the story, that absence is satisfied-- the lack is “liquidated.”

    If the

  7. I'm worried that not enough people are aware that Mario Puzo's The Godfather, bestselling classic and source material for beloved films The Godfather, parts I and II, features a significant subplot about a woman named Lucy Mancini who is friendly with the Corleone family and whose biggest problem is her roomy vagina. A lot of people think I'm joking, when I tell them that. I'm not joking. There are a significant number of pages given to Lucy's vagina…

  8. Imagine with me, for a moment, the setting: The year is 1969. The Canadian Prime Minister is about to have an affair with Barbra Streisand; hair is long and flowing and is also a musical; and, one day in May, contraception, abortion, and homosexuality are all legalized at the exact same time. (Surprise! ‘Summer of 69’ actually could be about the year.)

    The journey to get this point, where folks could

  9. On sexual harassment in the restaurant industry: “When you file a complaint, you look like a bad guy, because now they have to go through this process and there is a paper trail, and they wind up taking you off the schedule or they’ll ostracise you,” says Kirk. A third of restaurant workers said that they did not report sexual harassment from their co-workers and their managements because they feared their shifts would get…

  10. Here is your solitary, wild, honest and true Lone American Hero, my friends. Cast aside your Maine Hermits, your Thoreau acolytes, your friend who spends half the year in a cabin that used to belong to his grandfather, and cluster round Judi Feingold, who was betrayed by unworthy men (and another unworthy woman). It was clear to Judi Feingold what she should do after she and seven other people broke into an FBI office…

  11. My friend and former This American Life colleague, Diane Cook, just wrote her first book -- a collection of short stories called Man V. Nature -- which comes out on October 7th. It’s incredible. We talked about the book and how it came to be. Diane, I love your book. Thank you! I wasn’t expecting my ideal dystopian fiction dream book of short stories, which is my favorite thing to read.  After I had a

  12. Your body is a gift from the Triune Mother, and no matter which stage of Finding Your Womanhood you're at, you owe it to her to treat that gift with respect and care. There's no excuse for not looking your best at any age -- whether you're a Maiden who thinks your connection to enchantment and the waxing moon means you can get away with not washing your face before bed, a Mother who's so…

  13. Caroline says, as she gets up off the floor, “Why is it that you beat me? It isn’t any fun.” -Lou Reed

    Last night I dreamt I was with my ex’s girlfriend, and I was trying to explain it all to her. She was tiny, so tiny I could pick her up, Pietà-style, one of my arms under her back and the other under her knees. As I carried her around, I

  14. Let's do the time warp again. 

    We're coming up on the 40th anniversary of one of the world's most well-known cult films, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. To celebrate, MAC has released a celebratory line of cosmetics so you can facially embody, with perfect screen accuracy, your favorite character from the film. 

    It's actually kind of amazing no major makeup company has done this before. Rocky Horror