Forgotten Towns

One Saturday in August, Charlie and I spent 12 hours driving toward, along, around, and away from the Texas-Mexico border. The first thing to know is that our entire “day trip” was informed by a very devious, very outdated, and quite frankly UTTERLY FALSE AND DIABOLICAL flier that we picked up at an overly hip hotel… Continue reading Forgotten Towns


I don't even know where to begin. Here's how I've been feeling lately: ecstatic, dopamine-fueled, like everything is happening at once, and full of that subtle but deep underlying sadness that I don't think any thinking woman will ever be able to shake. Example: today, I saw Picasso's "Guernica" in person. I started crying. I stood… Continue reading Everything

The Internet Makes Me Feel Sad, Part 2

Some writer-type people are very vocal about their depression. Some are vocal about their sexual orientation, their childhood traumas, their totally misunderstood penchant for offering small children a lift in their nice, clean, white van. This is all part of this thing writers attempt to do called "connecting," which, yawn, whatever, but there is one issue of… Continue reading The Internet Makes Me Feel Sad, Part 2

Useful Distractions Designed to Impede Your Reading of “Infinite Jest,” or How I Spent My Summer

I assume that everyone who religiously devours this blog has at least once in their young lives considered reading the literary magnum opus of our time: a little book I like to call Infinite Jest. It's 1000+ pages, it has hundreds of footnotes in size-zero font, it inspired millions of irritating bro-like copycat writers, it's… Continue reading Useful Distractions Designed to Impede Your Reading of “Infinite Jest,” or How I Spent My Summer

Ten Books That Will Make You Cry But Also Look Smart

Let's be real, I lost it when Fred Weasley died (and don’t even get me started on the dark cloud of despair that descended over my heart when Sirius Black falls behind that fluttering veil), but sometimes a girl wants to cry over a book while still looking adorably intellectual at her favorite independent coffee… Continue reading Ten Books That Will Make You Cry But Also Look Smart