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How I Knew He Wasn’t The One

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In the latest issue of Glamour, there’s this really interesting feature called “How I Knew” which features short little essays by men on “how they knew” certain things: “How I Knew I Really Would Marry Her,” “How I Knew I Was Going To Cheat,” etc. My favorite of the bunch was “How I Knew She Wasn’t The One,” in which writer Adam Sternbergh rather humorously describes how he knew various women weren’t “the one” until he finally did meet the one who was. Now, I’m not really a big believer in “the one,” so to speak, as I think we all have lots of of ones, but I am a big believer that we have even more people in our lives who were NOT the one and we can usually pinpoint one particular moment when that became clear. So, in the vein of Sternbergh’s essay for Glamour, here’s my own “How I Knew He Wasn’t The One.”
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Girl Talk: I’m An Extreme Emotions Junkie

I came to a new understanding about myself recently. At my session last week, after hearing me go on and on about a recent bout of man-related depression, my therapist cut me off with a revelation. “You know what you are?” Dr. A said. “You’re an extreme emotions junkie. Some people are adrenaline junkies — they get off of some sort of thrill, like jumping out of a plane — but you get off on feeling really good or really bad. It’s what makes you feel the most vibrant, the most alive.” Keep reading »

Do You And Your S.O. Have A Song?


This weekend I saw “Blue Valentine” for the second time — and there probably will be a third viewing, so just deal! — and I was struck, again, by a moment in the movie when Ryan Gosling’s character, Dean, picks out a song for he and Cindy, played by Michelle Williams. “I got us a song, like our song, that would just be for you and me,” he says. “Because everybody’s got songs, but they’re lame and they all share them, you know, it’s disgusting. Not us. We have our own song.” That song is Penny & the Quarters’ “You and Me” and, I’m not gonna lie, I sort of want to steal it for myself and the future Mr. Amelia, whoever he may be. Keep reading »

First Listen: Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me”

Oh, hell, girl. Britney Spears is back with a pretty sweet new single called “Hold It Against Me.” It’s a super grimy club jam (please note: these types of descriptions are why I was a failure as a music journalist) and basically I am having a dance party in my living room right now. So, in other words: it’s a success. Gimme more, Brit! Listen to the full track after the jump! Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Doctor Recounts What Abortion Was Like Before Roe V. Wade

  • Dr. Waldo Fielding writes about the horrifying complications faced by many women before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal. [NY Times]
  • Need a pick-me-up? Check out That’s What She Said, a blog featuring tons of amazing quotes from women like Maya Angelou, Ursula LeGuin, and Kathleen Hanna. [That's What She Said]
  • Nancy Pelosi’s reign as Speaker of the House may be over, but the impact of her history-making appointment shouldn’t be forgotten. [Ms.]
  • Remember the fuss made a few years ago over those photos of a then-underage Miley Cyrus in Vanity Fair? One woman wonders why there isn’t similar controversy surrounding Justin Bieber’s VF cover, in which the teenage singer is covered in red lipstick kisses. [Evil Slutophia]

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Trailer Park: “Season Of The Witch,” “The Absent,” “Phil Ochs: There But Of Fortune”

It’s a whole new year in the movie theater and I wish I could say that we’re starting it off with a bang, but unfortunately the biggest movie hitting the screens this week is “Season of the Witch.” Fortunately for you, there are some great looking indie flicks and a bunch of super awesome movies from the holiday season that are still out! Whatever, it’s not like you need an excuse for sitting on your butt and eating popcorn. Keep reading »

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