Magazine | 2:57 pm | January 27, 2012 | By Aaron Gertler

What If We Agreed To Pretend I Was Qualified?

‘Tis the season. The snow is almost off the ground and most of the freshman fellowships for summer work were due in December. Still, I’d love to go to a fellowship-writing workshop – just not the one on that particular Thursday. Or that Tuesday. Or that Saturday… wait, that’s all of them? Help! I want »

Magazine | 12:53 pm | January 27, 2012 | By Shira Telushkin

Daily Themes comes to the Magazine Blog!


Starting today, we’ll be publishing pieces composed for ENGL 450, “Daily Themes.” Interested in being featured? Submit your theme with its prompt to to be considered for publication. Prompt: “Write a narrative that has the form of a list embedded in it. It might be the story of a particular day, or a series »

Magazine | 7:44 pm | January 25, 2012 | By Danny Serna

Buying the flowers yourself

The author bought these flowers himself.

Screw April — January is the cruelest month. February’s pretty cruel, too. They’re boring and cold. This morning was ordinary. I woke, finished a problem set, thought about blogging, decided not to blog, showered, dressed, went to Thai Taste. As I stared dumbstruck at an enormous plate of drunken noodle, I remembered something that makes »

Magazine | 10:40 pm | January 24, 2012 | By Lauren Oyler

It’s the digital age, get with it!

If you are not on Twitter you are a fail whale.

If you’re one of those people who “just can’t do” Twitter, get over yourself. “Ha!” you’re probably saying as you read your paper copy of the Wall Street Journal and think about monogrammed tote bags. “One does not need to get over oneself when one is not posting mindless updates about one’s unimportant daily goings-on »

Magazine | 5:09 pm | December 17, 2011 | By Tao Tao Holmes

I never called white kids lazy

Tao Tao Holmes, above left, did not call white kids lazy.

According to the Internet, I, Tao Tao Holmes, consider white kids lazy and spoiled. You caught me red-handed. I hereby admit to being a rampant, egocentric racist. Woe is me, and woe is the nine pages of Google hits that offer up links to the AP article “Some Asians’ college strategy: Don’t check ‘Asian’” when »