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How to Be a New Yorker

How to Be a New Yorker
villagevoice.com — In 1964, Doubleday published "a terribly useful guide" called, terribly usefully, How to Be a New Yorker, by Joan and Leslie Rich. Joan was a Brooklyn-born native who ventured as far as Las Vegas before returning to the East Coast; Les was born and raised in Houston, where, after getting...

All the Weddings I Have Ever Been to, as I Remember Them

All the Weddings I Have Ever Been to, as I Remember Them
thehairpin.com — There was the one when I was a little girl. It was the wedding of relatives, people I'm not sure I knew then and certainly don't know now. I wore a lavender dress with four tiers of ruffles and large, round glasses that my straight bangs rested directly on top of.

Go the F**k to Sleep, Read by Samuel L. Jackson, Is Kind of Perfection

Go the F**k to Sleep, Read by Samuel L. Jackson, Is Kind of Perfection
villagevoice.com — Have you heard of the children's book Go the F**k to Sleep, which has become an instant hit largely because it has the word "fuck" in it? (It's also a brilliant antidote to helicopter parenting and all of the overprotective nonsense that prevents adults from truly enjoying their precious little...

Never again a bridesmaid: why I'm tired of celebrating this dated custom

Never again a bridesmaid: why I'm tired of celebrating this dated custom
theguardian.com — Recently, a dear friend announced her engagement. We toasted and feted and made happy noises about her soon-to-be-husband's fantastic choice in a mate. Later, though, she took me aside, hushed and confidential. "I don't want you to feel hurt by this," she said. "You're my best friend, my person."

How To Break Up With a Bar

bkmag.com — In a lengthy and decadent life of bar-going (I've been over 21 for a while now, though the best bouncers know to still ask for ID), I've had a string of favorite spots. Like an adored song played repeatedly until it can be tolerated no more, these bars were my go-tos-if I was going out, I was going them.

Happy 100th Birthday, New York Public Library!

Happy 100th Birthday, New York Public Library!
villagevoice.com — The New York Public Library is now 100 years old. It looks so good! The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd and Fifth Avenue -- you know, the main building, with the lions -- opened exactly 100 years ago today for borrowing. It's gone from having 1 million items to...

Men Say 'I Love You' First to Get You in Bed...Or Maybe Because They Love You

Men Say 'I Love You' First to Get You in Bed...Or Maybe Because They Love You
villagevoice.com — According to a new study, two-thirds of heterosexual couples "reported" that the guy said "I love you" first. Does this portend a new era of male sensitivity, despite men being such alleged slackers? Does this mean that women, "despite their [alleged] reputation for being emotionally driven and relationship-oriented," are actually...

Oxford English Dictionary Now Comes With 'ZOMG,' 'NSFW,' 'Nekkid'

Oxford English Dictionary Now Comes With 'ZOMG,' 'NSFW,' 'Nekkid'
villagevoice.com — Yet again the Oxford English Dictionary (Online) proves how totally radical it is, incorporating a bunch of new words that the cool kids have been saying long enough to have stopped saying. The 35 new words added this week include "baby bump," "bestie," "bucket list," "coconut water," "lappy" (your laptop),...

How to Find Your Hurricane Boyfriend

How to Find Your Hurricane Boyfriend
villagevoice.com — Everyone is freaking out about this possible hurricane!!! Let us comfort you with the news that some people are freaking out less than others, and some of those people happen to know a bit about the weather. That is to say, over at the National Hurricane Center, they think there's...

Sexism, Misogyny, and the Web's Political-Correctness Machine

Sexism, Misogyny, and the Web's Political-Correctness Machine
thewire.com — "Can you believe we're talking about this in 2012?" asks New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan in a piece regarding a recent inflammatory situation involving best-selling novelist Jennifer Weiner and New York Times Magazine contributor Andrew Goldman. She's talking about the way we talk about sexism.
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May 05, 2016

RT @chaykak: We’ll also be having Gowanus reading events in later May with people like @ryansartor and @thisisjendoll, a kind of free-for-all

May 05, 2016

RT @chaykak: There are more details about the new Gowanus writer studio space and memberships here: studyhall.xyz/memberships/ @studyhallxyz

May 05, 2016

When you say "I'm not a bananas person" but you really just mean you don't like bananas.

May 04, 2016

the most terrifying thing you can say to someone is "never be afraid to tell me the truth about things"

May 04, 2016

RT if you've ever tried to swipe right on instagram, fav if it was a shot of pizza

May 04, 2016

the worst part of writing is starting but also ending and everything that comes in the middle


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