does anybody actually like motivational speakers?

I mean, I guess somebody does. Maybe. Or maybe somebody just thinks that they’re going to get other people hyped up. I have no clue. All I know is: I had to listen to another one of them today, and I hate all motivational speakers. Maybe this is because my philosophy in life is The Worst Is Coming™, or maybe it’s that I tend to … Continue reading does anybody actually like motivational speakers?

To this Suburb, About Its Misbegotten Millennial Marketing Ploy

I don’t find the campaign particularly funny, but plenty of my friends think it’s hilarious. I’ve gotten texts and messages and photos, generally accompanied by comments that it’ll be rad when I buy a condo and move home to Hyde Park. I’ve been tempted to do word-by-word take-downs of its absurdity—the fitness center we can’t afford, the ice rink that’s almost always inaccessible, the ten … Continue reading To this Suburb, About Its Misbegotten Millennial Marketing Ploy

2018: A Year Lived, With Books

I said I’d list some of my favorite diverse books this year, and then never got around to it: getting around to things is, sometimes, not my forte. (Other times it is.) I also planned to do some sort of stock-taking, much as I did last year—and so, as 2018 winds to its tumultuous end, I’ve decided to combine the two. 2018 was a year … Continue reading 2018: A Year Lived, With Books

Harry Potter and the Empathy Hallows

Today is both Harry Potter’s and J.K. Rowling‘s birthday, which makes it a pretty important day for a large segment of our culture. (I am ashamed to say that I forgot to put up a display, although I do have one up on the theme of green—and since I’m a proud Slytherin, we’ll say that covers that.) Now, as tempted as I am to use this space … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Empathy Hallows