Tuesday 21st November 2017
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What or who first influenced your sense of style?

My mom has always had great style and I think she probably has influenced me a great deal over the years, but I also used to go to Houston Oilers football games with my dad, and I recall thinking that the majorettes who took to the field during halftime were the most glamorous things going. So much so that in high school, I (briefly) became one. Susan Dey on The Partridge Family always seemed deeply chic as well, but obviously in a different way than the majorettes. How about you?

Posted on November 9th, 2017 93 Comments

What song always cheers you up?

I’ve been making a playlist out of answers from the last question I asked—about which songs give you the chills—and it’s a heavy one. So I’m thinking something more upbeat is in order as a follow-up. Since college, the tune that put a smile on my face no matter how blue I was is “Every Day I Write the Book,” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. When my marriage was in its final death throes, “Hey Ya” by Outkast was a big hit, and that did it too. There have been many more, but those are the ones that endure, for whatever reason. How about you?

Posted on November 2nd, 2017 148 Comments

What song(s) always give you the chills?

I had so much fun working on my GOACA playlist that I’m about to start another, and today, when I was listening to the first and “The Only Living Boy In New York” came on, I was totally transported. I’m curious: what song or songs never fail to reduce you to a weepy mess?

Posted on October 13th, 2017 161 Comments

Here’s your playlist, ladies

This playlist has no overarching theme whatsoever and musically, it’s quite all over the place. The only way to listen to it is on shuffle. This was fun, so if enough of you enjoy it, I’ll make another.

Posted on September 25th, 2017 42 Comments

So I’m making a Spotify playlist

A few of you have requested a GOACA playlist, so I’m making one for you, and thought I’d give you an opportunity to make requests. I can’t promise that I will honor them—I am picky, picky when it comes to my music. But I do want to hear them, and if enough of you ask for a particular song,  I probably will include it. Right now I’m having a 90s moment (who am I kidding? I am always having a 90s moment) so I’m listening to a lot of Yo La Tengo. Their song “Our Way To Fall” in particular, which is everything a love song should be.

Posted on September 12th, 2017 75 Comments

What do you collect?


I don’t collect anything, and never have been a big collector of things—I guess I just don’t have the gene. But I do own more Herman Miller Picnic posters than I can hang—they were created by graphic designer Steve Frykholm during the 70s, and I just love how graphic and poppy they are. The one pictured I got on eBay a while back, and I found this one for one of you lucky people on Etsy. They tend to run anywhere from $250 to $800, though there’s no reason to spend anything near $800 if you keep checking eBay. (And you can find them even cheaper than $250 if they’re slightly damaged, which I never mind: it just lends to the item’s authenticity, right?)

Posted on September 7th, 2017 38 Comments