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Valeria Lukyanova, the Human Barbie Doll

I realize that just like everyone reading about Human Barbie, I had had a simple narrative prepared in my head: A small-town girl grows up obsessed with dolls, etc. Instead, I get a racist space alien.


"It’s funnier when you’re sad, I think,” he said. “I’ve heard laughter is releasing stress from your body, like when you go, ’HA! Haaaa!’—you know, you get it out of you. My favorite kind of humor is dark comedies, because I think, mmm… I guess that’s my personality, maybe I’m more cynical about things, so I laugh stuff off easily, and life is really scary?"

It’s Adventure Time

Seven Hospital Vignettes

My aunt drove me home and put me in bed. My poor, befuddled brain told me that she sank through a hole in my bedroom floor, but she probably just took the stairs.

"And feel proud of your flaws and your loneliness and your big heart, too. It’s ok to feel vulnerable about wanting love and not finding it. That vulnerability will lead you to good places, even when it feels like it’ll topple your apple cart. You don’t have to be perfect. Let yourself be a little weird, a little uncertain, a little brash. Let yourself get a little messier. Let your seams show. Be proud of your broken pieces. They’re the best part of you."

All The Single Ladies

Ian Parker: The Search for a Blockbuster Insomnia Drug

Real good, interesting to think about human clinical trial data.

"As long as you continue to function in a way that is slightly less than your capacity, you will always only get slightly less than what you want out of life."

What Educational Excellence Looks Like | xoJane

Karl Ove Knausgaard Interview: A Literary Star Struggles With Regret | New Republic

“Time is slipping away from me, running through my fingers like sand while I … do what? Clean floors, wash clothes, make dinner, wash up, go shopping, play with the children. … It is a struggle, and even though it is not heroic, I am up against a superior force.”

“I would never have the ability or the power to do it now,” he said of writing My Struggle. “But I could then, because I was so, in a way, fucked up in my life. I was so desperate, and I didn’t really care. And now I care, you know?”

‘Mad Men,’ Week 1: Welcome to Disneyland «

He has been to the weird pool parties and tried the hashish and found that he remained a creature of old habits, comforted by cigarettes and bourbon bottles. Megan has moved on ahead into the mod late ’60s with white nails, showing so much side boob that she invents Coachella.

I missed Mad Men. Mostly I missed Molly Lambert’s reviews and the weekly Power Rankings.

"I feel like the people who run the school want it both ways: they want to keep the policy, so they can keep selling themselves as a Christian university, but they are more than happy to benefit from the success of their gay athletes. That is, as long as those gay athletes don’t talk about being gay."

Brittney Griner Says Baylor Wasn’t A Good Place To Be Gay

I Took My Tinder Date to Montreal's Finest Peep Show | VICE United States

The girls had giant perms, the guys had mustaches, and the plots were iconically bad. The movies were all at the same stage, so we flipped through nine different versions of hairy guys being seduced by fitness instructors, teachers, and piano students with their clothes still on. We settled on the fitness instructor one—Karen thought the actress was hot.

Haha, fun.