Am I Dating A Werewolf? And Other Questions For Francesca Lia Block

You may scoff at the mere idea of a dating guidebook. You may almost certainly scoff at one that matches people by their mythological creature -type. I did too at first, and I have a professional astrologer on speed-dial. » 11/02/09 3:40pm 11/02/09 3:40pm

Salon Offers A Last, Well-Put Word On A Week Of Women Writers

"We are mired in a repetitious pattern of hate, jealousy and resentment toward those who are plucked by media powers and come to stand — however inefficiently — for the rest of us in the cultural imagination, securing the top spots, the best exposure, the prime media real estate in exchange for opening veins of feminine … » 5/29/08 1:30pm 5/29/08 1:30pm

Washington Post Magazine Runs Livejournal-y Cover Story By Unemployed

Because one can never get one's fill of first-person newspaper Sunday magazine stories by unemployed people in which nothing much happens, I read a cover story in the Washington Post Magazine called "Terminated," wherein a man named T.M. Shine — and, you will be shocked to learn, he blogs! — gets laid off from his job… » 5/28/08 12:00pm 5/28/08 12:00pm

5 Things About That Times Magazine Piece On Masturbatory Blogging

Maybe you heard but there's a big story out about our generation's compulsive confessionalism written by my ex-colleague, former Gawker editor Emily Gould. Emily is also my friend, though there were times during the Year Of Magical Linking (cf. Xian) I wished she could just get a lobotomy. She was pretty and clever and … » 5/23/08 3:00pm 5/23/08 3:00pm

Fighting Off Wig-Stealing Drag Queens At 'Night Of A Thousand Stevies'

"Sometimes, the most beautiful thing, the most innocent thing — and many of those dreams — pass us by." Well, my friend Bennett Madison and I were determined not to let the 18th Annual "Night of A Thousand Stevies" (NOTS) pass us by, and if you recognize the quote above as a line from the (best) Stevie Nicks song (ever),… » 5/13/08 3:00pm 5/13/08 3:00pm

Maybe It's Time To Stop Hating On America's Scary Sadshaws

When I began conceiving of Jezebel, one of the first "Don'ts" on my list concerned one Julia Allison, sex columnist, media figure and self-promoter extraordinaire. Not only was Julia amply covered by Jezebel's big brother site Gawker, to me, she represented everything that was wrong with young women in the 00's. Called " » 3/31/08 12:30pm 3/31/08 12:30pm

Alanna: The First Adventure: For The Crossdressing Knight In Every Girl

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wrinkled look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. Today, YA author, former Gawker editor and 'Fine Lines' guest-writer Emily Gould rereads 'Alanna: The First Adventure', Tamora Pierce's 1983 novel… » 3/07/08 4:20pm 3/07/08 4:20pm

What Can We Learn From Men Who Claim They Have "Learned"? (Hint: "That…

A few weeks ago, a talented writer named Emily Gould submitted a review of a "lad lit" anthology called Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me. The editor of the book is Daily Show/Colbert co-creator Ben Karlin. Wow! I thought upon reading the review. Men sure are jerks! In fact, I ventured further, maybe the… » 2/15/08 2:00pm 2/15/08 2:00pm