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My gut response after reading this question was: Well, duh–obviously, summer is more conducive to happiness. I mean, you can make a good case for the virtues of spring and fall, but they’re really less seasons than they are opening acts. And apart from Christmas and skiing, winter doesn’t have a whole lot to recommend…

Domestic Goddesses

Having been raised in California – birthplace of est, vegan bacon, and aerobics – I grew up thinking of life less as an “adventure” than as a relentless self-improvement campaign. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I got more than my fair share of personal affirmation at home, but no matter how special my parents insisted…

Battling God

A few months ago, I wrote about my “issues” with the Dawkins/Dennett anti-religion campaign, which concluded: Dawkins and Dennett simply cannot understand the impulse to cling to an antiquated belief system not grounded in fact. (They seem incapable of recognizing that religion, despite its myriad flaws, provides a type of moral succor in times of…

Hair.On.Fire.

Want to know what the life of a recently graduated journalism MA with staggeringly high student loans looks like? Not so much? Well, I don’t blame you. It’s not exactly the stuff memoirs are made of, but it is keeping me extremely busy. There’s been some freelance reporting for The New York Times and Fortune…

Syndrome X

My last semester at NYU, I had the opportunity to take a class with Steven Johnson. Just to set the record straight for those of you who’ve only encountered his name on Gawker, Johnson was a fabulous teacher and looks nothing at all like Steve Buscemi. (Having always had kind of a thing for Buscemi,…