How I Changed My Life and Became a Cheesemaker in Three Difficult Years

I can't quite put my finger on when I decided I wanted to learn how to make cheese. The idea of cheesemaking intrigued me, and as I was searching for farm work, I would get excited at any mention of cows, goats, milk, or cheese. It might have stemmed from my initial experience of farming as one task, done for eight straight hours. Cheesemaking/dairy farming seemed like varied, interesting work.

Who’s Taking Care of Your Baby?

As I passed by him he shouted something else that I didn’t quite hear. I turned around, said, “What?” “Who’s watching your BABY?!” he repeated, laughing a little. I spun around to make eye contact with him. “My HUSBAND!” I said and spun back around and crossed the street.

Men Are Dominating Crossword Puzzles, If That’s a Thing You Can Do

I haven't done a crossword puzzle since college, when I got really into them as a way to impress a guy. Guess I don't have to tell you I was a virgin when I graduated.

Job of the Day: Public Librarian

Librarians are doing God's work. I don't even believe in God but I mean that.

Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper

I have never been good at not comparing myself to others. It is one of my favorite activities—something I do in between work emails and the lull between episodes of Parenthood loading on Netflix. A simple glance at Twitter or a mindless scroll through Facebook reveals the various successes, personal and professional, of friends, people from high school, old roommates. They are all seemingly doing things. Big things. And here I sit, on my couch, doing smaller things, like watching TV, working and conducting consumer research on duvet covers or televisions. My mind starts to wander. "I should be doing better," a voice says, insistent and grating. "I should be doing more." This voice is the worst. It is career suicide.The correct response to this: "Keep your eyes on your own paper."

On Feminism And Fashion

Omg, I love Maya Singer's wild, sweeping, manic rant / call-to-arms for about how fashion is about more than clothes and women who declare fashion to be frivolous are carrying water for the patriarchy. I am currently wearing a cotton dress that I'm pretty sure is a nightgown and an Old Navy denim shirt with a hole in the elbow, but you better believe I am first bumping through that hole.

Behind Of a Kind

I am a huge fan of Of a Kind and the ladies behind it, Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, so I was excited to see this interview with them up on The Cut, where they talk about how they came up with the idea for their business and all the panic -- okay, and hard work -- that went into making it happen.

What Does a Venture Capitalist Do All Day?

Kevin Roose interviewed Marc Andreessen, a partner at Andreesseen Horowitz who is famous for being bald, saying crazy shit on Twitter, and other tech things. The interview is full of gems (Andreessen kind of says he supports a universal basic income?! He concedes that, "yeah, the meritocracy works if you know the right people.")

Yes, I Do In Fact Owe My Entire Career to Browsing Reddit

I don’t foreshadow casually, so when I dropped “I actually owe my freelance career to Reddit and will tell you that story someday” in the tags this morning, well… you knew this was coming.

Back when I was trying to make a go of the touring musician thing, I realized that I was running out of money very, very quickly. (I was making surprising amounts of money as a musician, but touring was expensive so I wasn’t actually making a profit.)

At that point, I could have walked myself down to the nearest temp agency and done my usual trick of “I can type one billion words a minute at a Six Sigma error rate, please hire me.” The problem was that I was in the middle of working on Giant Robot Album and I had shows booked all over the country.

So I had to figure out something else.

How To Be Anna Holmes

For Cosmo, Jill Filipovic talked to Anna Holmes about her career path and how she came to be the founder of Jezebel, a NY Times columnist, and now, Felix Salmon's boss at Fusion. It is basically a no-bullshit job history, and full of insight and realtalk.