Liz Billet

Liz lives and writes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Pop Culture

The Supermarket Index

“The Economy does not take people’s freedom by force, which would be against its principles, for it is very humane. It buys their freedom, pays for it, and then persuades its money back again with shoddy…

The Weather

Honest and Unbiased: Uncommon Grounds

Uncommon Grounds Albany, NY 4 Stars Way back, before it all, the first coffee shop I ever frequented was a hangar-like place called Uncommon Grounds, in my hometown of Albany, New York. I always accidentally called…

The Weather

Honest and Unbiased: Kudu Coffee

Kudu Coffee Charleston, SC 5 Stars I like to refer to my failures as “brief stints”; this way my dilettantism sounds less like what it is and more like the carefully considered career moves of a…

Pop Culture

#soblessed

I recently found myself wanting to post something about gratitude to Facebook. Some kind of status update that would advertise to the world my extreme contentedness. I’ve been so happy lately (now, bear with me) that…

The Weather

Honest and Unbiased: Summit Coffee

Summit Coffee Davidson, NC 1 Star In college the coffee shop kitty corner to one end of campus was this place called Summit Coffee. The name was meant to warn incoming customers of the café’s overall…

Pop Culture

Toward a Theory of Magic

Every month has its sun sign, its birth stone, its question. December’s question is (to paraphrase Katy Perry): Does life ever turn out the way it does in the movies? Does life ever live up to…

Pop Culture

Inconceivable

Last week’s issue of New York magazine ran, as the cover story, a collection of personal abortion stories from twenty-six women. The testimonies in “My Abortion” are framed as a response to the increasingly restrictive abortion…

Pop Culture

Je Me Souviens

“We live in such constant nearness to the abyss of past time that the moment is endlessly sucked into.” —John Jeremiah Sullivan Lately there seems to be something in the ether. Some kind of emergent desire…

Pop Culture

How We Watch, But Why?

This so-called Golden Age of Television is a dangerous time for showrunners. Streaming video makes lab rats of us all. Specifically those lab rats who had the misfortune to discover a pleasure button hidden deep within…

Memoir

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…

Pop Culture

It’s a Bad Religion

Didn’t we all go to high school with someone like Anne Hathaway? You know the girl (invariably it’s a girl): the compulsive overachiever, the neurotic striver, the quivering underfed valedictorian, bug-eyed from sleep-deprivation and the pressure-cooking…