Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 5:29pm
United Artists Releasing

“Booksmart” is a glorious celebration of the joys that come with being a teenage dirt bag. It’s also Olivia Wilde’s (“Life Itself”) directorial debut. It’s also so, so good. Amy (Kaitlyn Dever, “Them That Follow”) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein, “Lady Bird”) are high school seniors who devoted all their energy to getting into stellar colleges. They had no fun and at the bitter end of the school year, they realize that all the kids who did have fun got into the same schools.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:13pm
Hollywood Records

The one and only time I’ve ever held personal stake in an eBay bidding war was when I wanted prints of an Aly & AJ photo shoot. I think I was around nine years old, and I think they were wearing shiny scarves. I won.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 6:12pm
Trader Joe's

Oh, Trader Joe’s. You’re so weird, and I love you so much.

Trader Joe’s is a haven for both the boring and the bangin’, and they’ve got the prices to boot. Plus, TJ’s caters to all kinds of dietary restrictions. Vegan? Try the soy chorizo. Don’t do dairy? They’ve got the perfect cream cheese for your morning bagel. Gluten free? Me too.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 2:30pm

A short list of important thirds.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:41am
Yiyun Li

Time wasn’t made for us to touch, but Li knows better. She doesn’t dare toy with tomorrow; instead, she strangles a fever dream out of today.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 3:59pm
"A Cinderella Story"

It feels good to watch two people want each other so much that they hate each other, even though they don’t hate each other — not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 4:34pm
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A gloriously stunning debut novel, Jana Casale’s “The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky” follows Leda, a college student in Boston, as she navigates her life and identity over the years. It’s a simple setup to a story that somehow talks about everything while seemingly going on about absolutely nothing.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:25pm
Aveda Institute

At $16 a haircut, the Aveda Institute can’t really be beat. Services are given by students, under the guidance and supervision of their instructors. When I walked in for my first great chop there, all I could think about was how I was playing a very, very dangerous game. I was risking walking out of that place looking like I was wearing a mushroom on my head, and for what? A cheap haircut? Sitting in the lobby, in the throes of my existential malaise, it wasn’t long before my student came down to get me.

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 2:59pm
"All the Beautiful Girls"

There’s a lot to unpack here.

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 4:19pm
SJP in "Sex and the City"

I couldn’t help but wonder: What have I been missing?