How to balance a ton of shit at once: A Q&A with... →
Jensen Karp has had a multi-hyphenate career. Jensen began his professional life as a major label hip-hop artist known as Hot Karl, during the white-rapper boom of the early aughts. He went on to ghostwrite songs for other artists, write for the WWE, open Gallery1988, a pop-culture-focused art gallery in Los Angeles, among other things. […]
How I’m preparing for my European vacation →
Tomorrow morning, at 6 am, I leave on day-long, cramped journey for Europe, from which I won’t return for half a month. That’s right. Two weeks in two of the finest cities the old world has to offer. And as such, I have a ton of stuff to get done before leaving. So, instead of […]
What does “Champagne Facials” say about our... →
There’s this party photographer, named KIRILLWASHERE. He’s a pretty cool guy. Not “cool” as in someone you’d want to hang out with, because they’ll watch your back for you in the shady underground casino or lie to your fiancé about what happened at the bachelor party. I mean “cool” as in, he hangs out in […]
Suggestions for YOUR “Adulthood Starts Now” rite... →
In thinking about the first season of Girls, I was struck by the fact the early adulthood depicted in the show is a entirely different experience than the middle young-adulthood or permanent-post-adolescence that myself and my immediate group of peers are currently experiencing. To think incredibly simplistically about the way adults are now (as I […]
Does ‘Girls’ get adulthood right? →
Does this get adulthood right?’ is a blog series where a yr an adult writer watches or re-watches or reads a cultural work about adulthood and consider whether it’s depiction of adulthood is reflective of real life. Past entries can be read here. What’s the thing called? Girls. (You’re on the internet, so you’ve obviously heard of it) When was the thing made?...
On going to rap shows by yourself →
Last night, I wandered down to see Action Bronson at the Independent in San Francisco by myself. It’s maybe the third or fourth time in the last year I’ve gone to see a hip-hop show by myself, and I’ve found that as long I show up at the right time, 5-10 minutes before the headliner […]
No house for you! 8 reasons why you shouldn’t... →
Earlier this week, NPR had another bleak, the-world-is-sooooooo-fucked-up-for-young-people article about how millennials aren’t buying houses like previous generations (forwarded by Andrew Brown, yr an adult’s moral conscience). They explain this trend by rehashing all the other bad news millennials are faced with; there aren’t any jobs, credit is impossible, real estate is either prohibitively...
Summer Commune: My First Week in Moscow →
The first dispatch from @joshuaheller’s summer commune trip. If you recall, we interviewed Josh about the idea of the commune a while back. summercommune: Sixty-five miles from Moscow, and the orange light came on. Why hadn’t I gotten gas on the Interstate? I’d acted blasé about it. I’d traveled 1300 miles and taken for granted that I’d always find somewhere to refuel. I panicked because...
Episode 1 of “I Miss Drugs” a new, understated web series that I found hilarious. Via Slacktory.
A few things I thought about while watching... →
Last night, impromptu, I had myself a little date-night at the Kabuki Theater in Japantown. And what’s better for a date-night movie than the new Wes Anderson film, still in limited release? It’s positively quintessential! Now, I don’t like to review new movies here ar yr an adult, because there are already so many great places for quality new-release reviews, but I do like to the rundown all the...
Shit. I’m still reading TV recaps. →
A couple months ago, I wrote a blog post about how I didn’t want to read TV recaps anymore. I still stand by the basic argument, that reading an article about what happened in a TV show you just watched is a waste of time/brain energy. However, like many things in life, the knowledge that I shouldn’t do something doesn’t necessarily make me stop doing it. Especially when the thing that I shouldn’t...
Quote of the day
“Deep inside, I am a lazy screw-up and I have developed this very elaborate construction to outwit that impulse.” -The highly successful Anthony Bourdain, on how he subdues his lazy nature. From this David Carr piece, on the occasion of Bourdain’s move to CNN.