Smart Girls Who Do Stupid Things


Connecting With Internet Commenters

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KATES254 said: “I definitely factored Cougar Town’s premiere (and the Bachelor, I know, I know) into my wine-store shopping list this weekend. It’s fine. Totally normal!”

Things Relating To The Female Sex This Week

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1) Hustler seems to be cropping up a lot lately. I don’t know if they’re trying to make a name for themselves blog-wise, but piece on porn stars without makeup is harsh times. They look pretty good to me.
Porn Stars Without Makeup On [Hustler]

2) Put your money where your mouth is and rate your fave Cosmo titles. None of them will be as good as this one (excuse the blurry photo; I was at the airport and I felt like the Hudson News lady was judging me).

“Your breasts called…And they’re feeling neglected. How to pamper and pleasure them.”

3) This week’s Sex Diary is the best I’ve read in a long time. Though (shockingly) commenters disagree. Maybe I just like it because I’m basically positive I know this girl — and not entirely in that I-know-her-because-she’s-me-way. Like, I think i actually know her. Some excerpts:

“7:35 a.m.: Jesus, he hates mornings more than anyone I know. I’ve never encountered someone who has absolutely no morning wood. This may be a blessing, though — who really wants pre-8 a.m. morning sex? I offer him coffee, but he’s out the door.
Mornings suck. Agreed.

6:25 p.m.: We’re sitting on my bed reviewing Bassoonist’s new OkCupid profile. I’m telling him that he needs to seem more interested in women and less interested in reeds.
OkCupid AND an overly heightened interest in reeds? Case closed.

9 p.m.: I would say I’m drawn to the glaring red flag of narcissism that inevitably drives every twentysomething male with a modicum of intelligence.

3 a.m.: He’s a half-Jew — effectively, my mother would have “half-liked” him.
Oh, so this is how parental approval shakes out?

12 p.m.: Awake, blissfully late. Even now, though, Med Student insists it’s too early for intercourse. Is he a sexual vampire or something? Try to explain that a little “coitus never hoitus,” but all he wants to do is make an omelet and drink all my orange juice.
ORANGE JUICE. Also vampires are not sexy, for the upteenth time.

4:45 p.m.: I’m sitting by the fountain at Lincoln Center waiting for a luthier to finish some work on my violin; I am always slightly on edge here because this location is really a vort-“ex” — a whirlpool where all my ex-boyfriends collide.
Everyone. Especially if you went to both high school and college at this intersection of streets…

10 a.m.:…Laundry! New York Times wedding announcements! Baking muffins!…
Love them all. What up weekends.

The Jewish Violinist Tying Up Her Med-School Boyfriend [NYMag]

Rock It Don’t Stop It

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My mom hits one out of the park again. This time, it’s a little sadder, which perhaps will prevent snarky comments. Not that I don’t love snarky comments.

“You can spend four years preparing for college, get into the college of your choice, set off on your big adventure, and yet your life can change permanently along the way.”

Grief Interrupts an Idyllic Freshman Year [NYTimes]

This Would Be Better If Dizzee Rascal Had Been There

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But it’s still rad. Unfortunately, some people don’t think so:



It’s Like This Series Was Made For Me

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McSweeney’s Kevin Collier does Get To Know An Internet Commenter. This week’s featured author “aliveinkickin” is from the Salt Lake Tribune‘s TribTalk. He’s chosen to use this forum to muse about love and other big questions.

This Has Been A Big Week For Kate And The Internet

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I’m now blogging over at Zelda Lily (tagline: “Feminism in a bra”). Check out my first post entitled There’s Something About Duke: “Fuck List” Case is Just the Latest, or my Bio, which is a good rundown of things to discuss and things to avoid discussing the next time we run into each other.
And come back for more, and comment and stuff, because we all know I love a good comment. Or a bad comment…

What If You Were In The New York Times

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Being raved about by your mom? Her post on their blog, The Choice (which is about college admissions) is getting rave reviews from parents who just. can’t. let. go. Also because my mom is awesome.

The comments are (no offense Mom) as usual, my favorite part. They range from

The off-topic:
October 4, 2010 2:50 pm
As a Berkeley alumnus, just let me say: GO BEARS.

— asad

To the accusatory:
October 4, 2010 2:31 pm
How fortunate you are to be able to afford this. Out of state tuition. The ability of your children to rent an apartment without a paying job. Travel in Europe. They have the education , support, and connections to live comfortable lives without fear of homelessness or hunger.

These are aspects of a lifestyle impossible to attain for most Americans.

Just one small example: when I fly to another city I don’t rent a car. I take public transportation. Indeed I have taken the BART from the airport to Berkley -very convenient and around $12 as I recall. Only a person who never needs worry about money would go through the inconvenience and additional expense of renting a car for that trip.

— John drabble

I feel a lot better about my life now that I know that renting a car makes you privileged. I had no idea that that’s the reason I’m lucky to lead the life I lead.

A Daughter Relocates 2,500 Miles Away, and a Mother Flies Home, Alone [NYTimes]

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