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Obnoxious Grandmas and (Not) Aging in Style

Obnoxious Grandmas and (Not) Aging in Style

In her memoir, Disaster Preparedness, mbird fave Heather Havrilesky tells winning story after winning story of her childhood, adolescence and adulthood with the same humor and insight (and a healthy dose of cynicism) that we’ve admired in her articles (for example, this and this, and also this). Disaster Preparedness is a terrific and engaging read, with just the right touch of wit and self-awareness. In the chapter called “Faculty Wives,” Havrilesky explores the complex character of her fiercely independent mother. In the passage below, Havrilesky talks about her mother aging, the challenges (mostly to one’s pride) that come with the increasing reliance on…

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PZ's Podcast, 80-83: I'll Catch The Sun, Violette Amoureuse, Speaking in Tongues, and I'm Younger Than That Now

PZ’s Podcast, 80-83: I’ll Catch The Sun, Violette Amoureuse, Speaking in Tongues, and I’m Younger Than That Now

EPISODE 80: I’ll Catch The Sun

This is about sentimentality. I’m not so bearish about sentimentality as I once was. In fact, I’m pretty bullish on it these days.

Yes, I know: “Sentimentality (is supposed to be) long-term cruelty.” And some well-known dictators have been a lot nicer to their pets than to their subjects. In other words, it’s possible to be a sentimentalist and awful at the same time.

But sentimentality has the benefit of being in touch with feeling. And feeling is good. Feeling is deep, instinctive almost, and often allied with love. Don’t we generally wish we had more “heart”…

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The Psychology of Bitterness and the Gospel of Goal Disengagement

The Psychology of Bitterness and the Gospel of Goal Disengagement

This is absolutely priceless! Continuing with our overview of negative emotions, The Atlantic Wire posted an uncannily relevant list of “10 Things You Should Know About Bitterness” by Carston Wrosch, co-author of one of the key chapters of the new book, Embitterment.

Wrosch essentially boils bitterness down to sustained blame, especially the outward directed variety, AKA the inverse of depression. A person gets stuck in or fixated on the notion that others are to blame for one’s plight in life, which produces a simmering rage that slowly overtakes a person’s personality.

Woody Allen is credited with the phrase, “If you want to…

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