I feel your pain on Austen, and so many people love her. It's gets a little exhausting trying to explain for the 500th time that you've tried reading the books many times over but just can't make it through. I get why people like her, it's just not to my personal taste. (I kind of dig some of the Brontes' stuff,… » 4/16/14 12:24pm 4/16/14 12:24pm

Hi, guys! I'm Admirable Admiral, although in real life I'm a landlocked manager and have never been on an undocked boat for more than two hours at a time. I have two dogs and a cat, so I play both teams on that count. » 4/16/14 12:16am 4/16/14 12:16am

Martha! I never understood why she doesn't get more love. I have a soft spot for her introductory episode and it's always on my re-watch list when I decide to take a breeze through Doctor Who episodes. Martha came in a smart woman and left on her own terms. » 4/15/14 1:43am 4/15/14 1:43am

I saw this earlier on NPR! I had to laugh (while cringing) at the person who called the cops on the statue thinking it was an actual homeless person...God forbid should a human being with no place to go snooze on a bench. » 4/13/14 8:33pm 4/13/14 8:33pm

This sounds delicious. I had a similar life changing moment when I was at the cafeteria in college and I asked for a grilled cheese and grilled vegetables as a side. The worker paused and said, "I think I know what you mean." (This should have been a clue that something had gone sideways.) He takes the bread, the cheese, … » 4/11/14 11:11pm 4/11/14 11:11pm

My mother, my sister and I all have an unabashed and completely un-ironic love of all things Dolly — and my father doesn't mind her. It's a rare occasion for all members of my immediate family to essentially agree on something. » 4/09/14 11:48pm 4/09/14 11:48pm

I don't hate people who use friendship networks to sell things, but I do hate the MLM model. It transmogrifies what should be social connections into business connections. I've "lost" friends to MLM, as they increasingly began to see social meet-ups as chances to distribute the latest catalog or to talk up the latest… » 4/09/14 3:39pm 4/09/14 3:39pm

I've read two books that I consider the most disgusting...One was Matthew Pearl's Dante Club, and honestly, it might not even set off other people's disgust alarms. I mean, it was a bestseller, so it was probably just me that couldn't hack it. I just couldn't take it when it started talking about brain-eating bugs. I… » 4/08/14 2:24pm 4/08/14 2:24pm

She died last year, but I love telling people that one of the first major American ballerinas was a member of the Osage nation. Maria Tallchief definitely came from a privileged background, but for everyone who either thinks that a) Native Americans are all gone or b) thinks that they all live poor on reservations,… » 3/30/14 1:24am 3/30/14 1:24am

It's a great resource! It's not always as rigorous as a for-credit class, but I've found some of them to be pretty challenging. If you're looking specifically for certain subjects, be sure to browse through the "past" classes (most of them are archived, so you can work through the course material at your own pace.)… » 3/24/14 11:52am 3/24/14 11:52am

Yes. It's become part of my process or whatever that whenever I'm being reduced (or almost reduced) to tears of frustration, the work is done. (Sort of, sometimes "done" really means "done for the time being," but a surprising amount of time, that's how I discover that a piece is actually finished.) Walk away for awhile,… » 3/22/14 6:47pm 3/22/14 6:47pm

I hesitated to post anything, but this post bothered me last night, and even now that I've slept on it, it still bothers me. I understand that there's a "I'm a feminist" disclaimer and a "this only applies to my experience" postscript, but in between those things, it really reads as a criticism of Female Boss (every… » 3/18/14 8:59am 3/18/14 8:59am