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Yellow Invisalign, Floor M&Ms, and Why the Neighbors Hate Us.

After 7 years of living in the same quirky little corner of Seattle, Rand and I moved across town to a bigger place in a smaller neighborhood. One would think, after literally years spent at careers that requires us to constantly move from one place to another, we would be pretty good at it. We

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Stop Saying Mansplaining Isn‘t a Big Deal. It is.

Last week I wrote what happened when I tried Soylent. If you missed it, a quick summary: I became the human equivalent of what happens when you drop Mentos into a Diet Coke. Soylent aficionados were not happy. Their rage was understandable. After all, I‘d come for their soy isolate meal replacement beverage. Very soon

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I Have Written About Currywurst, My Love.

You never wrote about the curry plane. The the curry plane? He nods, pouting. I am confused. Like, a plane of existence that consists of curry? I ask, hoping for clarification. He is annoyed. The curry plane. The curry plain, I say, nodding, having no idea to what he is referring. a

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Reading All Over The Place for Your Book Club? Invite Me.

I need to tell you about one of the cooler things that ever happened to me. And I know some of you are like, Ugh, no, Geraldine this whole neurotic, insufferable girl with the awesome life thing is wearing thin and I KNOW IT IS, PEOPLE. It is not my fault, okay? I do

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I Visited The Birthplace of the Atom Bomb. Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Bradbury Science Museum, New Mexico.

Rand‘s work had brought us to New Mexico for the very first time, and in a few weeks, we‘d be in Japan. The timing was unintentional but it felt like my path was already set. If I was going to walk through Hiroshima, now long rebuilt, I couldn‘t do so without considering the consequences of

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The Faded Glory of Route 66

My immigrant parents, while bestowing upon me the gift of worldliness, with their accents and many passports and the ease with which they code-switched, yelling at one another in English, German, Italian, and Russian, left a glaring omission in my childhood: there was no Americana. It was not that America itself was absent from my

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I Tried Soylent. It Didn‘t Go Well.

Last week, I decided to try Soylent. For those unfamiliar with this food product, Soylent is a high-protein drink designed to appeal to lifehackers, dieters, and doomsday cult members who are maybe a little shy and don‘t want to come out of their bunker for communal meals. It has an incredibly long shelf-life, and provides

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The Infinite Hypocrisy of Fake Feminist Men

Image credit. I am at my book readingin Portland. Though the room is small, it is packed. The audience is mostly friends, though there is a large cluster of people I have never met before. It is, without hyperbole, one of the highlights of my career, the sort of thing I dreamed about when I

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The History of the Atom Bomb, WWII, and A Case of Infinite Hindsight

When things go badly, I often look back and retrace the steps that were taken - by me, by my loved ones, by the electorate of Wisconsin, to see where things went awry. I do this with tragedies small and large, historical and current day, tracing the path back to what life was like before

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The Monkeys of Gibraltar

Note: We were in Spain last spring, but work on the book meant that I haven‘t gotten around to blogging about a lot of the places we visited. In keeping with the better-late-than-never mindset that characterizes much of my life, I‘m finally writing about some of the strange and wonderful things we saw.If you want

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