Saturday, December 22, 2012

Plight of the modern day Sisyphus

Trying to explain...

1. The internet to old people
2. Life before texting to teenagers
3. Anything to a Republican

Monday, December 17, 2012

Awesome stuff, part 1

1. Feeling bold—and acting boldly
2. Welcomed real life plot twists
3. When your bed hugs you back
4. Hot chocolate with almond milk
5. Lots and lots of twinkle lights

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tough lessons for the eternal optimist

1. Life will either function just fine without you (offensive!) or fall apart entirely (frustrating!)
2. The world is full of Peter Pans; Prince Erics are endangered
3. The faster you write, the more often your pencil lead will break
4. The most reasonable advice you give will frequently go unfollowed
5. All good books, TV series, trips, and daydreams eventually come to an end

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Things that seem impossible even though they're technically not

1. Gauging romantic interest
2. Fitting anything back into a suitcase
3. Collective political action
4. Latin declensions
5. Anxiety-free parallel parking and/or punctual transit

Honorable mentions: eating only one potato chip, saying goodbye, umbrellas that don't break

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Autumn is the most wonderful time of the year

1. Season premieres
2. Not wearing real pants (leggings!)
3. Boots, sweater dresses, scarves
4. Foliage, foliage, foliage
5. New school/office supplies
6. Soup, baking, cozy drinks
7. My overwhelming desire to throw theme parties
8. Flying kites, long walks, playing outside
9. Bright, blustery afternoons (perfect for daydreaming)
10. Crisp nights laced with potential

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dear men of OkCupid and the internet: some helpful dating advice

1. Don't lie about your height. Who are you kidding? Just be honest. You can't do a thing about it and potential ladies of interest will notice those inches that you fudged when you meet in person, anyway. Especially if they're tall.

2. Sure, you can view someone's OkCupid profile five times a day. Or alternatively, you can just say hello.

3. Be literate and thoughtful about the personal information that you share as well as the individual conversations that you have with women. Those are your best chances to make an impression. If you can't spell, effectively string a few sentences of winsome banter together, or articulate who you are with a certain degree of self-awareness and humor... then this isn't the venue for you.

4. You don't want to be friends. You want a date! You want to makeout. You want to navigate the murky waters of contemporary romance. Stop selecting "new friends" as an option for what you're interested in. There's no need for charades. (And if you are looking for new friends, look elsewhere. Dating websites are for dating.)

5. If someone attractive catches your eye, don't send her a chat message on a weekday afternoon begging for the details and dimensions of her breasts.

6. Dogs and cats are sure-fire girl bait. Choose profile photos accordingly.

7. The first thing that people notice about you is probably not your hipster beardand that's okay. Dig a little deeper. Post some quirks instead.

8. Be specific. This is your time to shine and say something about yourself that gets lost in translation with all those missed connections at parties, coffee shops, and street corners. Everyone likes "different kinds of music" and "going out with their friends." What makes you stand out?

9. I've said it before and I'll say it again: a) the internet is real life, and b) the world is smaller than you think. Keep that in mind as you meet new people, answer or ignore messages, learn interesting details about strangers or divulge a few of your own. You never know when your paths may cross again.

10. No one is out of your league. There are only people who are attracted to you and people who aren't.

Friday, August 3, 2012

I'll never understand

1. Young men's fierce relationship with experimental facial hair
2. People that say "I'm not a feminist, but..." (heavy sigh)
3. People who "eat to live, not live to eat" (get off my lawn!)
4. People who don't like animals (also: judgement)
5. Celebrity gossip
6. Pro-gun legislation
7. Political Stockholm syndrome
8. Car-centric cities with poor urban planning
9. Haphazard capitalization and double spaces
10. Winter cycling, camping, sports, etc.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

25 secret aspirations, alternative career paths, and daydreams

1. Advice columnist
2. Therapist
3. Sexual health educator
4. Life coach/consultant
5. Dog whisperer
6. Chef/professional foodie/cheesemonger
7. Graphic designer/photographer
8. Epic event planner
9. Manicurist
10. Proprietor of books
11. Art & antiques dealer
12. Lawyer
13. Hair model
14. Museum/gallery curator
15. English professor
16. Intense feminist historian
17. Roller derby goddess
18. Poet/screenwriter/novelist
19. Urban planner
20. Social politics/nonprofit advocacy
21. Academic advisor
22. Something where making kickass playlists is a job
23. Stand up comic
24. Indie coffee shop owner
25. Captain of all the boats

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The unequivocal building blocks of summer in all its glory

1. Patios, patios, patios
2. Euro-inspired cocktails (French Summer is my new favorite)
3. Swimming and sunshine, rinse and repeat
4. Nostalgic youthful playlists
5. In conjunction with #4: windows down, system up
6. Bright cropped pants
7. Reading for pleasure
8. The intoxicating air of possibility
9. Living room dance parties
10. Making funny voices with your fan
11. Best snack tie: frozen mango and string cheese
12. All the dogs, absolutely everywhere
13. Urban bounty: festivals, live music, community events
14. Cloud watching by day, stargazing by night
15. Laughter, late nights, happy hearts

Honorable mention: terrific thunderstorms, air-conditioned cafes, and outdoor movies

Saturday, March 3, 2012

12 songs that will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step

1. Eliza Doolittle, "Skinny Genes"

2. Maroon 5, "Moves Like Jagger"

3. Miami Horror, "I Look To You"

4. The New Pornographers, "Moves"

5. Noah and the Whale, "5 Years Time"

6. DJ Kool, "Let Me Clear My Throat"

7. Stevie Wonder, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)"

8. Spoon, "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb"

9. The Lumineers, "Ho Hey"

10. She & Him, "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?"

11. Diamond Rings, "You & Me"

12. The Avett Brothers, "Kick Drum Heart"

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Not a list, but some thoughts about lists - or, Umberto Eco is my homeboy

Woody Guthrie's 1942 List of New Year's Resolutions
The first anniversary of By the List is a month away. Consider this post a state of the union address, blogger edition. Let's begin with the words of a wise man:

"The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create ordernot always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists."

In short, Umberto Eco and I feel similarly about the "giddiness of lists" and the capacity lists also have to speak a "poetics of catalogues." The lists I create and share here to reflect on moments and details of the everyday have a place, a voice, a purpose, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

By the List is all about the power (pleasure! pain! persistence! possibility!) of everyday life, silly and serious. It's a small project, but I like what it stands for: everyday life matters and deserves our attention.

Monday, February 6, 2012

The best of 2012 Super Bowl commercials

1. Toyota: "It's Reinvented!"

2. Volkswagen: "The Dog Strikes Back"

3. Samsung: "Thing Called Love"

4. M&M: "Sexy and I Know It"

5. Honda: "Matthew's Day Off"

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Unofficial titles

1. Shepherd of lost boys
2. Cable drama evangelist
3. The plan fairy