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The departure of pro-wrestling's counter-cultural star
by Martin Douglas

It takes a great deal of pathos to quit the thing you’ve dedicated virtually your entire life to becoming good at. There are a great many reasonably principled human beings who would eat every plate of shit their benefactors pushed their way if it meant securing themselves a successful dream job, justifying it in a variety of ways. “They’re

dealing the cards and I’m on the player’s side of the table.” “I’m just paying my dues.” “Every career sucks sometimes.” In pursuit of whatever American Dream we have for ourselves, many of us would grin, bear it, and wipe our mouths.

But there comes a point where enough is enough. The minutiae

of the daily grind and the excessive amount of administrative politics have a way of wearing down both our bodies and minds in ways we can’t imagine when we’re 12 years old and throwing a baseball or playing Tiny Tim in a local theater during the winter holidays. Once you’ve reached the peak of the highest mountain, you realize . . .

A case of nostalgia fatigue / by Jes Skolnik

‘hey old lady/you’re so old/tell me about the ‘90s’ – unnamed Girls Rock Chicago band lyrics, as related to the author by their bandmate


It’s no surprise that ‘90s nostalgia is everywhere right now. My teen decade was the ‘90s, and we were big on the ‘70s then – I remember wearing my dad’s threadbare decal tshirts everywhere with bellbottom corduroys or thrifted slip skirts or polyester tennis skirts, nostalgic

for the decade I was born in that I couldn’t remember anything about because, you know, I was a baby. Teen nostalgia is particularly fascinating to me because it asks us to recall a time only known to us in photographs and hazy early memories, a time marked by its past trends. The gauche becomes trendy again through these revised and rosy lenses. We rarely have complicated conversations about Operation Desert Storm, or about the signing of NAFTA and CAFTA, or the emergence of mass HIV education and the

battles fought to get there, and so on. Chain wallets? We can talk about those. Nostalgia asks us to remember our gentle personal foibles. It does not like the messy and complex.

(Most media does not like the messy and complex in general, of course. The messy and complex does not generate clicks. It is particularly dangerous to ad revenue to ask us to look at ourselves as truly fallible. To be fallible is to be, on some level, both complex in a way that nothing an advertiser can sell . . .

Caroline Goldfarb on creating her own web-series and being a funny leading lady / by Faye Orlove

I met Caroline Goldfarb a few months ago when she started working on the social media team at Animation Domination (where i work as an animator). Right away I knew she looked familiar. Turns out I recognized her face from a yearbook photo my little cousin showed me almost 5 years ago while giggling, "This is Caroline, she's so funny that she made me pee my pants in the library. Twice." So that's how I met Caroline. Immediately, I fell in love with her new web series, Tiny Nuts, a show about two post-college girls, their tiny dog, and their big dreams. The 9 episode series finished this week, and I'm pretty bummed there isn't more. But I got to ask Caroline questions about creating her own show, being a funny lady, and her equally awesome talent as a collage artist. Check out Tiny Nuts here, her own personal website here, and definitely follow her on Instagram @officialseanpenn.


Faye: Hi Caroline! What's your sign?

Caroline: ARIES!!

Aries are totally born leaders! Did you find that your aries tendencies (charisma, energy, courage) helped you direct, write, and star in your own web series?

I like to think that i'm more motivated by fear that i'll die having accomplished absolutely nothing. But being an extremely hilarious, outgoing, almost unfairly sexy aries is also probably part of the equation.

Haha, I have that fear too. There's a Salinger quote that I love, "I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody." I think the drive to "prove" yourself is really powerful. Where do you see your career going? Would you like to do stand-up, be on a sitcom, do you see yourself . . .


by Rachel Gagliardi
Wild Heart.

The Media fundraiser
This Sunday in NYC.

by Katie Alice Greer
An interview with Palberta.

of Violet Bruce
Pantie Pattern.

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