by Virginia Smith

Searching for Jesse’s Twitter: 10 Burning Questions

Why, after at least two years of public, belligerent, lewd, and verified tweeting, was the greatest Twitter account of our time shut down without warning or explanation?

Ghost Ships!

Who are we to try to tease out disappointing, scientific reasons for their spooky voyages?

Tuesdays with Kaspar

I’d like to introduce you to my paunchy little friend Kaspar Hauser.

Before Portland, Seattle. Before Portlandia, Almost Live!

Almost Live! functions as an immaculate time capsule of the frumpy boomtimes that once graced the Emerald City.

My Brother Emailed Me Christian Sex Tapes

The creepy gospel of Tim Chaddick.

On Downton Abbey and SOPA and America

Like any real American, I know deep down that, in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, our great nation’s legal system is designed exclusively to cater to my personal needs and wants.

From the Mouths of Babes: Karl “The Kaiser” Lagerfeld

If a person is famous for any reason at all, they are doing something right that the rest of us are doing wrong. Period. It’s one of the few universally agreed-upon truths in the confusing times we live in, and a fact we all have to accept before moving forward here today.

Room – Emma Donoghue

“For a work that serves in part as an incredible testament to maternal determination, the details of ROOM are brutally honest and never close to saccharin.”

A Visit From the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

“The poignancy and instant gratification of a short story collection, with all the depth of one of the best and most surprising full length novels in recent memory.”