Alicia Elsewhere

Today I have a guest post up on Overthinking It, where I spend too much time talking about blood and Greeks and heroes in the Harry Potter series. Have a taste! Voldemort’s mistake is to think that shedding the blood of others will increase his…

This Post is About Badminton, Kinda

My senior year of college, once winter was officially gone, one of my housemates or neighbors bought a backyard games set from Walmart on a whim. And that’s how I spent half my senior year playing badminton. I’d played occasionally before, like you do as…

Pilot Versus Ballerina

Sometimes, if you are not a cis white dude, life will up and smack you in the face for not being a cis white dude. Even if all you are doing is sitting around typing crappy prose on your laptop. I was doing just that…

The Calculus of Medical Notes: Disability and Higher Education

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a graduate student teaching assistant in an undergraduate film class at a large state university. You are poorly paid, and entirely untrained. You have a full courseload of your own, and you are teaching a subject in which…

Hamm Reduction

Here is what you discover when you start reading the latest ode to Jon Hamm from Details magazine: Hamm swears at bikers. While wearing madras shorts and a baseball cap. Because they impede him from going 140 in his borrowed fancy car, a silver Mercedes…

Nathan Rabin Fails at Modeling and as a Human Being.

It may seem like a clever move to self-deprecatingly refer to your own article as a “lousy blog post”, but it doesn’t mean the phrase does not ring true. If there is one set of ads I would purge from all the internets given the…

A Bechdel Test for Historical Romance

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the Bechdel test and what it reveals about the film industry. And there’s been at least one post I could find on a Bechdel standard for video games as well, which is interesting, even though I could dispute…

Vodka is for Lame Babies — Take My Word For It

Previously on this blog, I wrote about Caskstrength’s troubling rules for drinking like a man. Today, we’re looking at the first of those rules: No vodka. Vodka is not manly, says Caskstrength. “How so?” you ask. It just isn’t. I have harped on this for…

Rules to Write By/Rules to Drink BY

It is summer, I just got married, and I am a writer, so lately many of my days involve A) drinking, B) writing, or C) both. Lucky me! Lately everyone has advice about these activities! First, there is the NYT essay, which is delightful —…

The Drink-Like-A-Man Trap.

One night, four of us ended up at Seattle’s lovely Mistral Kitchen for dinner, because the rumor mill had it that the cocktails were pretty good. The rumor mill underestimated by a mile. The cocktails were more than good: they were fantastic. Maybe the best…