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    Depressive Double Lives and the Usefulness of Pain

    “For a long time in my life, I felt like I’d been living two different lives,” Kevin Breel says as he begins his TED talk titled “Kevin Breel: Confessions of a Depressed Comic.” “There’s the life that everyone sees, and then, there’s the life that only I see.” In a well-delivered and candid talk, Breel […]

    That’s What She Said: Women and Campus “Hookup Culture”

    It’s hard to figure out exactly what is going on with the college “hookup culture” these days—even for me, and I’m in college. There are so many publications and divergent opinions on the topic that you almost need a degree to keep track of what the problem is and “who is to blame.” For a […]

    With Only a Look, Marina Abramovic Is Making People Cry

    During the spring semester of my sophomore year, a time when I was still very impressionable and not the world-weary upper classman I now consider myself to be, I took an introductory acting class in which I learned the difference between internal and external gazing. At the command of our animated professor, the whole sleep-deprived […]

    Glennon Doyle Melton Drops Her Weapons and Steps Out of Her Armor

    With a criminal record and a history with drugs and alcoholism, Glennon Doyle Melton was having a hard time landing even a volunteering job. Despite her father’s suggestion that maybe “there [were] some things [she] should take to the grave,” Melton decided that she didn’t want to hide any part of her story, she wanted […]

    Living Radically at Home: Tish Harrison Warren on the Challenges of Settling Down

    In her recent piece for The Well Blog, Tish Harrison Warren writes about her transition from the radical Christianity of her youth to the less exciting, dish-washing, diaper-changing monotony of life as a settled-down mom. Warren grew up in a fairly wealthy Texas community (and all that that entails). She was “the girl wearing WWJD […]

    Paula Deen Gets Her Just Des(s)erts

    Unfortunately, Paula Deen did not stop at fried okra and sweet potato pie in her glorification of the Old South, but distastefully resurrected a vision of antiquated race roles in a few comments that have recently been revealed to the harsh light of public judgment. While her expulsion from Food Network and the collapse of […]

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Meaning To

    And here we have this morning’s second reflection on Malcolm Gladwell’s must-read “The Gift of Doubt”. Malcolm Gladwell recently wrote a piece for The New Yorker on the quirky but charismatic economist Albert O. Hirschman and his unorthodox ideas about creativity and success.  Despite being a “planner” himself, Hirschman thought that creativity can only be […]

    Dove Thinks You’re More Beautiful Than You Think You Are

    Last month, Mbird mentioned in passing the “Dove Real Beauty Sketches” ad, but now that the video has become the most watched ad ever, with over 114 million views, perhaps we should take a closer look at the implications of the ad’s overwhelming popularity. (Apparently Dove superseded the Evian Roller Babies for the number one […]

    Dying to Be Loved: Lana del Rey’s Tragic Bleeding Heart

    In her new song for The Great Gatsby soundtrack called “Young and Beautiful,” Lana del Rey sings about her two favorite topics—love and death. In the music video, the ever-glamorous, ever-pouty del Rey asks the hypothetical guy she is singing to, “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?” These lyrics […]