Ask Natasha | Language Barriers and Loveless

Q: I live in a basement. Is this cool? Sam, age 28 A: André Martinet writes, in his essay, “Structure and language,” that structure is “not a matter of the building itself or the materials of which it is composed, from foundation to roof timbers, from facade ornamentation to the refinements of interior installations. Neither is it even a matter of certain of those materials considered more essential: supporting walls and roofing trusses in old-fashioned… [read more »]

Ask Natasha… She Practically Lived Through Everything

Q:Why do all of my friends want to be famous? Adam, 26 A: You probably think I’m going to say something about fame being the best possible thing. You probably want me to tell you that fame is the bread and butter of the internet, that the world spins because it is counting one and another and another fifteen minutes, that anyone who ignores this basic instinct to gain as much attention as possible is… [read more »]

Behind, Beneath, and Between: Tracing the Thong

I can still remember being confused by the thong when seeing it in stores. Once, in Victoria’s Secret, as a teen, I asked a clerk how one should wear an example of the strand- of-pearls thong. “You just, put it on,” she said. There was something too real about the way those pearls would have to expand the crevices about which I was conditioned to try to forget. The thong brings up anxiety. Like all… [read more »]

Ask Natasha… She Practically Lived Through Everything

Q: Is there such a thing as “nice” flip-flops? I’ve seen people wearing them to restaurants and it seems just one step removed from the double-wide? Vicente A:The closer you are to the ground, the faster the earth rotates. The tale of the princess Rapunzel was originally intended to be an allegory for enlightenment. Instead of reaching higher, she had to grow her hair long enough to gain access to the bottom of her tower.… [read more »]

Khaki wishes and khookie dreams…  from Prague

There is nothing like a tourist city in a central European country in a summer month for a reDIScovery of khaki. My latest thoughts on this summer’s wackiest color-scheme: 1. We think of khaki as safe because we think of Target. But what is safe about Target (in this economy)? 2. Khaki is the color, soft rubber is the feel, and Christian Audigier champagne is the drink. Think about anti-fame, air conditioning, and skipping class… [read more »]