Job of the Day: Drake’s Vocal Coach

Oh lord almighty, Jia interviewed Drake’s vocal coach about what her job is like and how she came into it and it is amazing. Dionne Osborne is her name and she is a middle-aged white lady who urges Drake not to drink so much and took him to a WalMart in the middle of Kansas to buy a humidifier. It is, as Dionne will be the first to point out, the coolest job in the world: “I get to help people find their voice. What could be cooler? What could be more personal? Your voice is you.”

Is Sephora a Dream or Our National Nightmare?

I asked many intelligent women and a few men about their experiences at Sephora. There were some strong reactions.

A Conversation With a Kyrgyz Schoolteacher About Wedding Customs (And Costs)

The cost of a wedding in Kyrgyzstan.

Raising Twin Girls, and Building a Future in a New Home

From managing an upscale restaurant and dating a DJ to raising twin girls and owning a home.

The Love Song of the Banana With Dreadlocks

Henry Gribbohm says he lost his life savings, $2,600, on a carnival game and all he has to show for it is a stuffed banana with dreadlocks.

Billboard Singles As Indicator of Changing Economic Circumstances, Cultural Priorities

Or, a cultural anxiety reading of Billboard #1 singles, 2003 vs. 2013.

How We Should Think About MFA Programs

We are made to believe that MFA programs can’t teach writing, only life can teach writing. But that is not the case.

Shark Tank Is Literally the Best Show on Television

SHARK ATTACK! Welcome to Shark Tank, literally the best show on television.

The Annotated “Bye Bye Bye”

Boy band bills.

The Annotated “Bills, Bills, Bills”