The Suicide of L’Wren Scott: Or Can Everyone Please Stop Referring to L’Wren Scott as “Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend”?

Okay, we get it. When you’re in a relationship with another famous person–or any person for that matter–people like to define you by it. But the suicide of L’Wren Scott has found the media to be in a markedly poor state. The fact that her identifier throughout every article chronicling …

Are You A Writer? [Insert Gag Noise Here]

For most “writers,” being asked the question, “Are you a writer?” is not an emotional experience that results in a five second existential crisis. Most people are completely comfortable with proclaiming that, in spite of never having been published and being a relative (or, rather, total) unknown, that, yes, they …

Lily Allen’s Anti-Feminist Campaign Just An Attempt to Get More Dick

Lily Allen’s latest uproar-causing statement: Women are the real cause of misogyny. Her scandalizing assertions arose from her guest editing stint at ShortList and included, among other statements, “We’re all equal, everyone is equal. Why is there even a conversation about feminism? What’s the man version of feminism? There isn’t even a …

Is It Impossible for Modern Writers to be Considered Intellectual?

While writers bear a certain amount of self-deprecation, self-doubt and self-loathing, they also possess a fair amount of ego. After all, what could be more egotistical than thinking your thoughts, feelings and life experiences are of value to other people? That being said, there seems to be something challenging about …

Why New York City is the Worst Place on the Planet for Valentine’s Day

I’ve been with people who grew to hate me. But before that I also experienced the mushy, sentimental side of love—the hand-holding, the promises of never separating, the actual desire to never separate So I feel pretty objective about the dual reactions a person can have to Valentine’s Day. There …