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Honest Dating: Carly Smith

In "Honest Dating," Shirin Najafi brings us Carly Smith, 34, a woman who's taken to "drinking and smoking quite a bit" while looking for "the perfect cross between a poor artist and an investment banker."… Read more »

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Rules for Becoming a Fat Girl

First, read magazines. Or maybe we’re born with a capacity for hating ourselves as much as we’re born with the capacity to learn language, lengthen bones, sprout breasts. I can’t remember when, exactly, I started looking down… Read more »

LA Stories

Who am I Now?

This is what I remember: Hugo Hickey seemed morose and unbalanced. His tongue was yellow (I saw it when he yawned). I felt a familiar tug of hair-envy—his parted straight down the middle, winged at each… Read more »


Planet Keanu

I measure my life in temperature. I take my basal temperature the first thing every morning with a special thermometer that has an extra decimal point. Then, I record it on a paper chart that looks… Read more »

LA Stories

Cat Funeral

I could not have been less enthused about a cat funeral. It was the middle of the week, a school night for my daughter, a work night for me, and it all just seemed so silly… Read more »