So the ad for this movie popped up on my Netflix homepage, and as soon as I saw the words "music journalist" in the summary, I thought: oh, boy. This oughta be good. Not as in, "This is going to be a good movie," but as in, "Is this going to be the kind of … Continue reading A Pedantic Fact Check of “Someone Great,” The New Romcom Where Gina Rodriguez Plays a Music Journalist, By a Real-Life Music Journalist
This past week, I finished reading Meaghan O'Connell's excellent book And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready. Among the many revelations in this book: caring for a newborn, it turns out, is extremely difficult! For the first month of their life, a newborn needs to eat every two hours, which means that … Continue reading Help Your Neighbours with Their Newborn, You Loser
Here at The Niche, we are big fans of John Mulaney and Annamarie Tendler's love for one another. But often, as I browse their Instagrams, an internal dilemma arises: do I want to be John? Do I want to be Anna? Or do I simply want them to adopt me? I suspect that these questions … Continue reading Quiz: Where Do You Fall on the Mulaney-Tendler-Kinsey Scale?
For the past three years, as Elizabeth Holmes' startling fall from grace has accelerated, we've all asked a single question: why? Holmes lied, for years, to millions of vulnerable patients, about having invented revolutionary blood-testing technology that might save their lives. She stole billions of dollars from investors, knowing full well that she had no capacity … Continue reading Is Elizabeth Holmes A Vampire?
https://twitter.com/silkspectres/status/1101936274754162688 Illustration by Fiona Ostby. This debate contains spoilers for "A Little Life," as well as discussion of suicide, sexual abuse, pedophilia, domestic violence, disordered eating, and self-harm, which may be triggering to some readers. The interview has been edited and condensed for clarity, and to get rid of all our little verbal tics, because … Continue reading A Little Life: The Best Book, or the Worst?
Ryan Adams Dangled Success. Women Say They Paid A Price. by Joe Coscarelli and Melena Ryzik for the New York Times In the days following the publication of this piece, the FBI opened an inquiry into Ryan Adams' communication with an underage girl, retailers cut ties with Adams, former colleagues of Adams denounced him, and … Continue reading The Ten Best Things We Read in February 2019
"WILL BYERS, 12, is a sweet, sensitive kid with sexual identity issues." In the Duffer Brothers' pitch for Stranger Things, this is the very first sentence we read about Will. He's recently come to the realization that he's not "normal," the pitch reads, by the standards of semi-rural suburbia. He is bullied for his "innocent choices," … Continue reading What I Want for Will Byers
Dear Sir or Mad -- nah, let's be real, you're almost definitely a Sir, and a sorry excuse for one, at that, Last November, I wrote an article entitled "Let's Scroll Through John Mulaney and Annamarie Tendler's Instagrams While Listening to 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' by the Beach Boys Until We All Have Emotional Breakdowns." … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Person Who Keeps Accessing Our Site By Googling Stuff Like “john mulaney wife armpit hair”
i really want to get into freelance journalism, but i don’t even know where to start. i know that’s probably still really broad, but i just love writing so much and i have no fuckin clue what i can DO about it besides feel like i’m too paralyzed to start.... I'm glad you're asking this … Continue reading A Freelance FAQ for New and Niche Writers
What It Felt Like When 'Cat Person' Went Viral, by Kristen Roupenian for the New Yorker Like just about everyone who digested Kristen Roupenian's 'Cat Person' two falls ago, I had an immediate and visceral reaction to it. Mine was, "Seriously? This is what everyone's raving about? That's the 'shocking twist' everyone's talking up? If this is what passes for … Continue reading The Ten Best Things We Read in January 2019