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Never Trust Anyone Over 30: The diary29 Project

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Turning 30 is a terrifying thing for a lot of people. As such, year 29 carries quite a bit of weight. So why not do something special to remember your life before the transition into 30dom?
That is exactly what artist Nicole Kenney has done with her personal story project, diary29. That magical number, 29, also [...]

Weird Job: Saint, Founder of Churches, and Snake Wrangler?

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
Well, in honor of Ireland’s patron saint (who was most likely born in Wales), I thought we should get to know the real St. Patrick—he is, after all, the reason most of New York City will be trashed by 3p.m.! Such a holy day!
I’ll keep this short and bulleted, since I [...]

Weird Job: The Vacuum Repair Dude

Monday, March 17th, 2008

I confess. I am probably more likely to toss out my crap vacuum cleaner and buy a new one before I lug the thing in my granny cart (pimped out rims to come, so don’t hate) to a vacuum repair dude. Well, it seems my attitude has contributed to the demise of the vacuum repair [...]

Weird Job: The anti-Debbie Downer or Bob Bummer…

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

I complain a lot. Hey, I’m just being honest. In fact, I sent an e-mail yesterday to our fearless leader Larry Smith about why I wasn’t blogging. Something about my sink exploding, hot water gushing, hot water flooding part of my kitchen, yoga teacher training, yoga teacher training graduation day…. OK, you get my drift. [...]

Weird Job: Soul Mate

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Valentine’s Day is just a week a way, and over at the PopuList we’re asking for your 100-word stories about the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love. From The Christian Science Monitor comes a love story either get you super jazzed about this, ahem, “holiday” or reconsider your commitment to your life partner. It’s [...]

One Naked Larry is Not Art

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Slate is a like a box of chocolates. Some days it runs a big piece on Bill Clinton and black voters, others days the top story is about a photographer obsessed with naked people. Today it was the latter, a piece about Spencer Tunick, One Naked Person Is Art (How About 600?). What do I [...]

I Style Dead People

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Jennifer Russo, 27, owner of Spazzo salon, in Clinton, CT, hasn’t received many complaints in the seven years she has been styling hair. But with her side gig—as hairdresser to the deceased—it’s not even on the menu. Finding herself recently divorced with a new business, and lifestyle, to keep (Harley, anyone?), she ended up at [...]

Brokeback Mountain’s Dialect Coach

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

“How do you make an Aussie and a California boy sound so convincingly cowboy that their accents aren’t even noticed?”
Brokeback Mountain dialect coach Joy Ellison has a voice so velvet smooth you want to curl up into it. She also has pretty green eyes and long red hair, and when she switches flawlessly from a [...]

Got Calf?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

It’s a Wednesday winter afternoon at the Missoula, MT stockyards and the intense action around the cattle chute resembles a pit stop at the Indy 500. Two dogs rush a cow into a chute, the door clangs shut, and while two men at her head check her teeth for age and ear tags for vaccinations, [...]

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