Inside the Twisted Mind of Buzz Bissinger, Straight Male Shopaholic

There are many, many WTF sentences in Buzz Bissinger's epic, shocking, nauseating, hilarious and infuriating piece for GQ titled "My Gucci Addiction." The 58-year-old writer, husband and father of three — best known for the book Friday Night Lights — details his compulsive buying quite frankly, and you may find… » 3/26/13 4:30pm 3/26/13 4:30pm

When Being A Product Junkie Becomes A Problem

While many of us may occasionally drop some cash on a few beauty products we don't really need, Alene Dawson, writing for the Los Angeles Times, notes that for some people, purchasing and hoarding cosmetics is a serious problem. » 7/25/10 12:55pm 7/25/10 12:55pm

Up In Smoke

Scientists have found a link between higher concentrations of melanin and increased risk of nicotine dependence and tobacco-related cancers. They believe this may explain why African-American smokers have a harder time quitting than whites. [ScienceDaily] » 5/11/09 11:20am 5/11/09 11:20am

The Great Texting Debate

Sunday's Washington Post featured the story of 15-year-old Julie Zingeser, who managed to send 6,473 text messages in one month. Writer Donna St. George asks: is texting a new addiction plaguing the youth of America? » 2/23/09 12:40pm 2/23/09 12:40pm

Who Hasn't Gotten Drunk and Bought a Wood-Mite-Infested Folk-Art…

Mystery writer Laura Lippmann waxes on the dangers of collecting obsessions. In her case, inexplicable ones. Having had to block eBay on our laptops, we can relate. [Wall Street Journal] » 6/16/08 4:40pm 6/16/08 4:40pm

Right Now Is About When I Shoot People Who Tell Me They're Worried…

You know what I fucking hate? (And yeah this is tangentially related to a substantive news report regarding the topic that you can read if you like to, you know, learn facts.) Moving on I hate people who tell me they're trying to cut back on caffeine. People who will stand around being all drowsy and shit because… » 6/04/08 5:00pm 6/04/08 5:00pm

Maybe So-Called Sex Addicts Should Enroll In 12-Step Programs

A BBC story today expresses some cynicism as to whether the increasing growing of "sex addiction" is, you know, actual addiction. Sex addiction won't give you the shakes if you go through a dry spell, and while it does have the same dopamine-stimulating effects as gambling, it's sort of like food binging (and money)… » 4/30/08 3:20pm 4/30/08 3:20pm