"The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself." Joan Didion in "On Keeping a Notebook"

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The Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Theory of Economics

I’m not an economist. In fact, the only formal education in economics I received was my high school government and econ class, in which I learned that a dreamy student teacher can be very distracting. But don’t let my lack of credentials detract from my message. I am notoriously bad with money in both theory […]

Dear Joan Didion: Part 2

The thing I miss most about college is literature classes. I had a writing concentration but writing about literature was always when I felt most myself. I took mostly American lit courses, and each course inevitably involved at least one book or author I didn’t think I wanted to read. Sometimes, I discovered a new […]

Jesus Year

When I turned thirty-three in August, I decided to embrace the whole “Jesus year” thing, without really knowing what that would look like, save for the general notion that Tim McGraw would sing “Live Like You’re Dying” behind me wherever I go. So far, I have engaged in pretty standard Jesus year behavior. I got […]