I turned in the copyedited manuscript of Friendship on October 7th and since then I haven’t written or thought about writing anything besides tweets and emails. Which, to be fair, I have written MANY tweets and emails. But it is a huge brain shift away from thinking about the problems and characters in my book. [...]
Lately because of Emily Books I’ve been trying to anatomize my own taste. It’s not that I have to figure out why I like the things I do but it would probably be helpful to understand my impulses as I try again and again to explain what these books do that’s different from what [...]
Why, as marriage rates sharply decline, are we more obsessed with the institution than ever? Committed, Marry Him! and TLC’s crack-like horrorshow Say Yes To The Dress all made their way into this More Intelligent Life essay.
I also fought to keep the line that ends with the word “duh.” I know you should kill [...]
Emily Mag readers with Cam Jansen-style photographic memories will recall that in September of 2008 I wrote about Dear Old Love, a “a new blog that is dedicated to the bitter, sweet, and strange things that anonymous people wish they could say to their exes.” “I love how un-cagey its creator Andy Selsberg is about [...]
I begin this book review by quoting the Haddaway classic ‘What is Love,’ which is familiar from many tv shows and movies (“A Night at the Roxbury”) but to me its quintessential deployment is in the “Life of Brian” aka”World Happiness Dance” episode of My So-Called Life. This clip is long-ish but contains so much [...]