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Women Who are Ambivalent about Women Against Women Against Feminism

So...yeah.  Right now there’s a lot of talk about a tumblr called WomenAgainstFeminism.  It’s just pictures of some women holding up handwritten signs entitled “ 970 more words



I am freaking out.

It snuck up on me, I swear.  I knew it was coming; it shouldn’t be a surprise.  I’ve had plenty of time to prepare, to wrap my mind around it, psych myself up for it. 1,054 more words


What’s So Bad About Weird Al’s “Word Crimes”?

So Weird Al Yankovic is back. To completely lift the words of my brilliant friend Stoo, “you remember Weird Al, right? He was last popular around the same time as nothing at all, ever”. 1,982 more words


Hey, What’s That Book You’re Not Reading?

In the Wall Street Journal this weekend I define a new metric aimed at identifying books people are buying but not reading.

How can we find today’s greatest non-reads?

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You Just Might Make It In the Games Press

It’s not that hard to write about video games for a living. Really. I did it. Still do, kind of. I agree with Arthur on one point, mainly: being a good enough writer to do so professionally is a gift, and reading and schooling and blogging can only get you so far. 1,187 more words


Why the Same Old Story Means the Same Old Story

“One of my frustrations is that we tell the same stories over and over again, when we should be looking for more stories because there are so many out there.”

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English Vinglish

 In a recent turn of events, I traded an over-cluttered life in Bombay for a school on a hill to teach English to grade seven and eight students. 700 more words


Exploring the New Yorker's Archives

The New Yorker‘s archives are open to all for the next couple months. After that, the metered paywall goes up. So for those of you who haven’t subscribed, here are a few recommended gems: 118 more words


There's No Going Back: Iraq Ten Years Later

After my last trip to Iraq in 2006, I told myself I would return. I’d go to the places I patrolled with the marines and to the homes I stomped into and out of as an appendage of their squads. 805 more words


10 Ways to Know You're a Writer

You’ve wondered, right?

You’ve asked yourself this question many times and you’re reading this post to find out, “Am I a writer?”

Like a hypochondriac checking out WebMD for signs and symptoms, you scour articles and blog posts for the telltale signs and symptoms that you’ve got what it takes to declare yourself a writer. 489 more words


On Music, Class, Culture: British Duo Sleaford Mods

This sold out gig would appear to be the antithesis of everything this duo stand for. Hipsters with sleeve tattoos, wispy beards destined to be on the cutting room floor by Christmas, imbibers of nothing but craft ale. 660 more words


Hipster Finds Lifestyle Too Expensive, Reverts to Mainstream

ASHEVILLE, NC — Derek Loy has been living the hipster lifestyle for the past two years, but after his bank account began to dwindle, he reverted to mainstream customs. 311 more words

Fake News

Edits: Preparing For a Job Interview

I am dismantling myself, one individuality at a time.


Photographer Spotlight: Joshua Malik

His low-lit conceptual photography is haunting and moody, and he only shoots in the waning minutes after sunset with the encroaching dark of night. If you’re interested in his style and want to learn more from him, be sure to check out the links below for photography workshops this summer and fall. 1,193 more words


Why I (An Adoptive Parent) Am Not Pro-Adoption

by my Mother – retired social worker, adoptive parent, voracious reader

How many times have I looked at my daughter over the last seventeen years and been thankful for her presence in my life? 913 more words


Occupied Premises

The telly is on. Your eldest is deeply involved in her mobile phone. The middle one is doing homework – reluctantly – at the dining table, and the youngest one is running a brightly coloured plastic car across your face, and occasionally the cat, whose tail twitches up each time it happens, like a warning cobra. 1,265 more words


The Problem of Richard Feynman

[Updated again — see note at end of post] Very few heroes can survive scrutiny unscathed. They all have flaws, by virtue of being human. 2,182 more words


On Crossing Out of Strange Lands

Kiddo has been home for a little over six weeks now, and it’s begun to feel normal, which is wonderful and also strange. We’re a year into this college thing now, and it seems designed to keep everyone slightly off- kilter, which is not as unpleasant as that might sound. 1,092 more words


Ode to the 1996 Honda Civic with the Crayon Stains and the Seat Belts that Always Get Stuck

My car, my sweet car…has been making a low, rumbly sound when I accelerate. Over time, the noise has become noisier. I keep turning the radio up, but the rumbling is fiercely competitive. 290 more words


That's Not How Things Work: Magic Edition

By Drew Parton


I may lose some fans because of this- but I’ve never really finished the Harry Potter series. I read up to the fifth book and have seen the first six movies. 1,083 more words


The Hot Guy I Met at the Pool

I attract a lot of attention when I don a swimsuit. A lot of unwanted attention. From guys. My trip to the pool last Saturday was no exception. 1,330 more words


The Stories We Leave Behind


Guest blogger: Micaela Papa is a senior correspondent for GMA News. At a young age, she has received numerous awards for her Brigada documentary Gintong Krudo. 1,498 more words


Don't Cry for Messi, Argentina

by Shayda Abazari (new addition to the Beacon staff)
graphic by Savannah Tate

My Dearest Argentina,

Guess who?! It’s your favorite national fútbol team captain! Okay, so maybe not favorite. 567 more words


A Place You Plan on Leaving

If people divided up their life stories into chapters, all they would need is a suitcase. Skip the narrative and just dig through the contents. Forget the setting and the characters and the scenes. 813 more words


Did You Add The Will Ferrell Picture?

Did you add the Will Ferrell picture?


Oh, you sad moron. You pathetic shit.

So, you’re telling me that you went ahead and posted a funny quote without first plastering it on a picture of Will Ferrell’s character from the hit comedy… 268 more words


Book Excerpt: "Unfriending My Ex"


This is an excerpt from “Unfriending My Ex: And Other Things I’ll Never Do,” by Kim Stolz. Copyright 2014 © Kim Stolz. Reprinted with permission of Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster Inc.

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