Give up your inquiries which are completely useless, and consider these words a second warning.

Sorry, No One’s Sitting There — When my wife and I go to the movies, I typically buy a third reserved seat so I can keep the seat next to me empty. I prefer - but by no means need, either physically or psychologically - the extra space. My wife finds this new habit of mine rather absurd and extravagant.

A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas — Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas by Chuck Klosterman is on Andrew's read shelf. Andrew gave this book 4 stars. Shelve...

Why Can’t I Clean My Boyfriend’s House for Pay? — About a year ago, I moved into my boyfriend's house in a new city. I'm renting out my old house for income as I look for work. I pay my partner $100 each month to cover my utility expenses. He pays his cleaning person $160 a month to clean the house twice a month.

Is It Wrong to Divulge a Secret to Protect Someone’s Honor? — I'm an expat living in a country where H.I.V./AIDS is a severe taboo. My friend, also an expat, was diagnosed with H.I.V. while living here. She received almost no support or therapy of any form. Her attitude and behavior changed as she became ill, and she alienated and frustrated mutual friends.

The Karl Marx of the Hardwood — For seventy-five minutes, I talked to Steve Nash outside a restaurant in Lower Manhattan. Neither one of us ate anything; we mostly just watched it rain. I asked him a lot of questions; he politely answered all of them without saying anything remotely incendiary.

Why Tell Koko About Robin Williams’s Death? — According to press reports, Koko, the gorilla adept at sign language, seemed saddened to hear the news of the death of Robin Williams, whom the gorilla met once in 2001 (and bonded with immediately). I cannot fathom the ethical reasoning behind telling Koko about Williams's death.

Tourist Retractions — I recently spent several days at a relatively expensive hotel. The place was deplorable and unsanitary, with an unresponsive front desk. I gave it a poor write-up on, the travel website, titling my review "An Overpriced Dung Heap."

A Quick-Change Artist — My next-door neighbor, who recently quit her job to pursue painting, asked if she could practice by making a portrait of my child. She said she would charge me the cost of supplies since it was for practice, and I agreed.

Is It Wrong to Watch Football? — I've recently begun to question my support for the N.F.L. I suspect that the recent discoveries about concussions and the prevalence of early-onset dementia among players are just the tip of the iceberg. Is it unethical to support a league that seems to know it is detrimental to the health of its participants?

The Accidental Phone Tap — My sisters called me on a conference line, hoping to connect the three of us for an important discussion. I wasn't home, so one sister left a voice mail message and then disconnected - or at least she thought she did. But my voice mail kept recording as she and my other sister continued their conversation.
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Nov 19, 2014

RT @MichaelWeinreb: For @Grantland33, I wrote about Hawaii's Scott Harding, the most interesting man in college football.…

Nov 19, 2014

RT @parisreview: “One encounters in any ordinary day far more real difficulty than one confronts in the most intellectual work.”

Nov 12, 2014

RT @christianhoard: The tightness of Rolling Stone headline boxes is single-handedly keeping the term "LP" alive.

Nov 09, 2014

I'm going to find this man and convince him to run for president.

Nov 09, 2014

Today I saw a man walking on the sidewalk, casually eating a bowl of cereal and milk while he walked. I really hope this becomes normal.

Nov 07, 2014

RT @HLMenckenBot: I believe that a young newspaper reporter in a big city led a life that has never been matched on earth, for romance and interest.

Nov 01, 2014

The most recent 30-for-30 makes the very end of this Dish TV commercial kinda dark.

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