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Girls 102: He’s not your boyfriend
April 23, 2012 – 4:56 PM | No Comment
<I>Girls</I> 102: He’s not your boyfriend

From my recap of Girls 102, “Vagina Panic,” at Press Play:
Hannah then gets concerned that Adam thinks she’s too flip about the issue, because of course it’s a big deal—but the dialogue raises some interesting, sticky …

Recently in the Snacksiverse: Reel 22A
April 19, 2012 – 9:29 PM | 5 Comments
Recently in the Snacksiverse: Reel 22A

In case you missed it, the latest from the Revolting Snacks lab:
Shrimp crackers!

Girls 101: One Final Push
April 16, 2012 – 12:39 PM | 19 Comments
<I>Girls</I> 101: One Final Push

From my Girls recap at Press Play:
[H]e pulls a move he obviously thinks is super-hot, biting Hannah’s lower lip and stretching it like four inches off her face; Hannah’s expression in response is equal parts “henh?” …

Meet The New Boss
October 13, 2011 – 8:54 PM | 25 Comments
Meet The New Boss

No, not Mabel (above), although it’s probably best to let her keep thinking she’s in charge. I’ve taken a job as the editor of Yahoo! Shine’s brand-new Pets channel. We just launched today, and I’d …

Back to School: High Art, SLaP, and more
September 8, 2011 – 6:57 AM | 13 Comments
Back to School: <I>High Art</I>, SLaP, and more

A roundup of what I’ve written and watched recently…

Support Local Biz: July 12, 2011
July 12, 2011 – 5:27 PM | 5 Comments
Support Local Biz: July 12, 2011

Just a reminder that you can read about icky food on my Tumblr, Revolting Snacks of North America. Pictured above is today’s specimen, the Utz Cheeze Ball.
And on another note entirely, from reader Kristen F. …

Introducing “Revolting Snacks of America: A Field Guide”!
April 19, 2011 – 11:09 AM | 24 Comments
Introducing “Revolting Snacks of America: A Field Guide”!

Above, a clump of Choco Balls. Yes, “really.”
Join the disgusting fun at Bunting Alimentary Research Foundation HQ — bookmark Revolting Snacks of America: A Field Guide today! But…not at lunchtime!

The Vine: March 11, 2011
March 11, 2011 – 9:41 AM | 24 Comments
The Vine: March 11, 2011

A Friday-morning Ask The Readers bookfest is a great time to remind all you Jane Eyre fans that I have a reading tonight for the launch of the Eyresses zine — a piece called “Jane …

“The Ties of Zodiac
April 25, 2010 – 12:31 PM | 9 Comments
“The Ties of <I>Zodiac</I>“

A celebration of ’70s neckwear.

“Did I act wrong? Am I a bad son?”
December 22, 2009 – 12:26 PM | 45 Comments
“Did I act wrong? Am I a bad son?”

I hesitate to wade into the Shellie Ross/Madison McGraw fray — in case you don’t know the story, you can get the background here — but my boy MB at OMG! Ponies! posted an exquisite, …