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The Soapbox: On Hugo Schwyzer, Personal Essay Writing & Redemption

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The Soapbox: On Hugo Schwyzer, Personal Essay Writing & Redemption

Last week, the controversial professor, feminist blogger and personal essayist Hugo Schwyzer announced on his blog, in an interview with NYmag.com and again in LA Weekly that he was retiring his notorious public persona and quitting the internet for good (or— for the time being, he corrected himself some days later in yet another goodbye). Maybe you don’t know or care who this person is and that is just as well. He is a semi-big deal in the feminist blogosphere in the way that Serge Haroche is probably (hopefully) an even bigger deal among mathy-type people (he won the Noble Prize in Physics in 2012, according to this random website I found when I Googled “Nobel Prize winners”). And maybe we should all know more about Serge Haroche. But here we are talking about Hugo.  (For a complete list of criticisms of Hugo’s work, you can go here. Or here. Yes, there are entire websites created for the sole purpose of criticizing this man and his work.) [Note: A few of Schwyzer's pieces on The Good Men Project were crossposted on The Frisky a few years ago.]

I can’t help it. Honestly, I’m kind of obsessed with him. As a freelance writer as well as a writing instructor — I teach courses in memoir, personal essay and opinion writing, the genres that both Hugo and I write — this whole brouhaha is pushing all my buttons. Some people are taking a certain joy in this character’s downfall — which I feel is mean but, yes, a little tempting. Like many, for me, the redemptive narrative of Hugo Schwyzer always rang less than true. Keep reading »

Albuquerque Has A New Mascot … And It’s Totally Meth

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We'd still eat them. Read More »
Breaking Bad Cat
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He's adorable, but he possibly cooks meth. Read More »
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Not that we blame them. “Breaking Bad” has totally transformed Albuquerque from that random city that’s spelled weird to the meth capital of the world. What else were the great capitalists of New Mexico supposed to do besides squeeze every last penny from their infamous, regionalized crystal? In honor of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman’s “Blue Sky” meth (99.1 percent pure, thankyouverymuch), the good businessmen of the Southwestern city have been selling donuts, bath salts, and candy all in the name of the fictional, highly addictive, and massively illegal drug.

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“Glee” Cast To Film Episode, PSA Addressing Cory Monteith’s Death

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Lea Michele Thanks Fans For Their Support Following Cory Monteith’s Death
Lea Michele thanks fans for their support following Cory's death. Read More »
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Jane Lynch remembers Cory Monteith. Read More »
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The actor died at age 31 in a Vancouver hotel room. Read More »
  • “Glee” will handle the death of Cory Monteith by writing his character Finn Hudson out of the show in the third episode by addressing Monteith’s passing from drug overdose. According to a Fox executive, “That episode will deal directly with the incidents surrounding his death and drug addiction … Ryan Murphy is going to film PSAs with the cast, as cast members, as friends of his, [and] they’re going to speak directly to the audience.”  [Huffington Post]
  • Travyon Martin’s black hoodie may hang on display in Washington, D.C.’s new African-American history museum. [Madame Noire]
  • Keith Urban is headed back to the judge’s chair on “American Idol” and Jennifer Lopez is in talks to return, too. [US Weekly]
  • Love that song from “Orange Is The New Black”? Regina Spektor explains how she wrote it. [BuzzFeed]
  • Prep author Curtis Sittenfield talks about her new book, Sisterland, which is about psychic sisters. [The Rumpus] Keep reading »

Cory Monteith Died Of Heroin And Alcohol Overdose

Cory Monteith Dead
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The actor died at age 31 in a Vancouver hotel room. Read More »
Cory Talks Drugs
Cory Monteith did a stint in rehab and stole from a family member. Read More »
Cory In Rehab
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"Glee" star Cory Monteith checks into rehab. Read More »
On Drug Addiction
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Some thoughts on when a loved one is a substance abuser. Read More »
  • An autopsy and toxicology report has confirmed that Cory Monteith died from an overdose of heroin and alcohol. The “Glee” star died suddenly in a Vancouver hotel room on Saturday at age 31 after almost two decades of struggling with drug addiction. [TMZ]
  • Kim Kardashian tweeted #NoJustice in response to the George Zimmerman acquittal and got a swift reminder her dad was one of the lawyers who got OJ Simpson off. Maaaaybe she should sit this one out. [World Of Wonder]
  • If Beyoncé shoves a microphone in your face at a concert and asks you to sing, you put down your camera phone and sing, damn it. [Vanity Fair]
  • James Franco, who is everywhere like bedbugs, will guest star on an episode of “The Mindy Project.” [ONTD]
  • A beginner’s guide to wearing rompers. [Racked]
  • BABY PANDAS!!! Lun Lun, a giant panda at Zoo Atlanta has given birth to twins and you best believe I’m going to snuggle the stuffing out them. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] Keep reading »

Some Thoughts On Cory Monteith’s Death

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Cory Monteith

I was in bed, half-awake, on Sunday morning when I found out that  Cory Monteith, one of the lead actors on “Glee,” had died suddenly of an apparent drug overdose the day before. Monteith was never a celebrity that I would have expected to die at 31. Even though I knew he had struggled with drug addiction and done several stints in rehab, he didn’t have that reputation for reckless living like Lindsay Lohan or Justin Bieber do.

Julie had the presence of mind to throw up a quick post on The Frisky. But my thoughts were firmly fixated on the actor’s family and friends and his girlfriend, “Glee” co-star Lea Michele. I kept thinking about Michele, who was apparently vacationing in Mexico when her boyfriend died in a hotel room in Vancouver, getting that phone call telling her Monteith had died.

I forgot about how I personally find Lea Michele really annoying and have never, ever wanted to see a movie she is in or read a magazine interview with her. But in that moment, I felt for her. I really felt for her. Because I have been waiting for that same phone call my entire life. Keep reading »

Lea Michele Requests Privacy Following Cory Monteith’s Death

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Cory Monteith did a stint in rehab and stole from a family member. Read More »
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"Glee" star Cory Monteith checks into rehab. Read More »
  • Lea Michele’s publicist has requested privacy for the actress following the sudden death of her boyfriend, “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith, 31, over the weekend. Monteith, who struggled with drug addiction since he was 13, allegedly overdosed on drugs this weekend in a Vancouver hotel room. The actor had voluntarily checked into rehab in April for an unspecified substance abuse problem and also did a stint in rehab as a teenager. Michele was vacationing in Mexico this weekend when she learned of his death and has not yet made a public comment. The British Columbia Coroner’s Office confirmed an autopsy will be performed today or tomorrow.  [People, New York Daily News, The Wrap]
  • Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez wed this weekend in Vallery, France.  Berry is pregnant with the couple’s first child; she has a five-year-old daughter, Nahla, with her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry. [US Weekly]
  • Jimmy Kimmel is a married man! The host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” married his co-head writer Molly McNearney on Saturday, in front of guests like Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Howard Stern. [NYmag.com]
  • Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling admitted she is the author of a detective novel, Cuckoo’s Calling, which she published under the pen name Robert Galbraith. [New York Post] Keep reading »
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