The Playing Field Isn’t Level But That Doesn’t Mean Don’t Play

Everyone has to deal with obstacles, after all, so most everyone can relate to / empathize with struggle; whereas we don’t all get trust funds or rich, supportive partners. Those are distributed inequitably. But so, for that matter, is talent.

My Father’s Shadow Money

“Your father,” she said, “never spent a penny of his money on you. You were in ratty clothes, all but rags, but he drove a nice new car.”

Secrets of Spa Castle

BYO bathing suit and bath towel. Not for the downstairs pools; as we’ve established, those are safe spaces in which to be a baby again, to immerse yourself in womb-temperature water without fear of being judged for your pudge.

The Postsecrets We Keep

Game Theory and ‘The Price is Right’

At Slate, Ben Blatt explains how winning on The Price is Right is really all about game theory, or strategic decision making. Here’s his example from Contestants Row, the segment on the show where contestants guess the prices of various goods—the person who guesses the closest to the retail price without going over gets to move forward in the show.

You Are Forgiven

Everything is alright everything is fine.

Sick Secrets: Hot Baths (Really!) and Oysters (REALLY)

My Sick Secret: Elderberries

Sick secret, dude.

A Very Specific Shoe Secret

A secret about (little) shoes.

My Free Bus Ride Secret (Which I Do Not Condone)

A secret about buses.