What is the Hottest Hot?

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It is burning skin against leather seats

It is thighs and undersides drenched in sweat

It is heat waves rising above the street.


I’ll leave my pizza in the garage on top of the car, better than an oven.

I can’t remember what it’s like to feel a chill, see my breath, stomp through snow.

Perhaps I’ll be saying the same about summer in the dead of February, but this is the hottest hot.

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Taylor Swift’s New Song “Shake It Off” Is A Simple But Visually Powerful Anthem For People Everywhere

T-Swizzle has a new song out, yo. And for once, it’s not about a boy!

If you heard the song but didn’t see the music vid, you might not be as excited about it. The lyrics are pretty repetitive:

Cause the players gonna play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off
Heart break is gonna break, break, break
And I think it’s gonna fake, fake, fake
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off, Shake it off

But in between are notions of individuality, of people doing their own thing and breaking stereotypes and pursuing whatever dreams they like.

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The Girl Who Loved Reading So Much That She Died


Here was a girl who loved reading so much that she got a set of light up ice cubes for her ninth birthday and used them to illuminate the way as she read chapter books late at night.

Here was a girl who loved reading so much that she stole a tiny little battery-operated Chinese lantern from a show display so she could break her curfew under the sheets to sneak a few more chapters of Harry Potter in.

Here was a girl who loved reading so much that she angered her parents, who were confused about their daughter who just couldn’t put a book down, even at dinner, reading day in and day out, stuck in another world 24/7.

Free College Essay Writing Help


Whether you know me or not, I think I might have something positive to offer you.

Are you tired of getting the same old feedback on your essays? More detail here, avoid comma splices there, drones a teacher. Uhm, it sounds kind of boring, comments a peer.

Grammar help should be the bare minimum, but standing out in a competitive applicant pool requires a lot more thought and re-articulation. It’s more than surface level evaluation and “advice” that feels like the same every time. Continue reading

To My Sister, On Her First Day of Sophomore Year

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soph·o·mor·ic: adjective: having or showing a lack of emotional maturity: foolish and immature

What a hopeful outlook society has adopted for a high school student’s second year of high school!

Before year 9 you won’t take this advice very seriously because you won’t really know what I’m talking about. Every year you’ll read this letter again and understand it a little better than you did before. And you’ll find out that what I’m saying is true (in some respects, at least). And you will look back when you graduate and regret a little bit but we’re not all perfect, are we?

Last year, around this time, I wrote a letter to my sister, Victoria, addressing the topic of freshman year…since then it’s become one of the most popular and constantly visited posts on this whole blog.

So I’m here to shed a little knowledge about your second year, and I hope my experience might help you along.

My dearest Vicky,

You’re not hot shit. You’re still an underclassman. You will undoubtedly exhibit behavior seen as unjustifiable, unwarranted by the upperclassmen, and next year, you will also see it as such. Continue reading

Update: 7 Reasons Why I Still Love My Job


It’s been about 4 months since I started my job at a bubble tea shop, and I still love it. 7 reasons:

1. The shop is constantly being updated – innovation is a lovely thing, and the theme of our bakery might as well be progress, because anything and everything that can be improved will probably be improved. We have one location as of now, but another’s grand opening taking place in a month or so, and another on the way. Besides that, we always have new baked goods and desserts on the shelves to accommodate the seasonal changes and the input that we receive. And our cup designs and backdrops themselves are continually re-imagined…even the concept of bubble tea itself is very contemporary. Progress refreshes me of monotony. Continue reading

Emily From Skins is Now Carter On Finding Carter, and I Don’t Know How I Feel About It

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You remember Emily Fitch, right? Kathryn Prescott played the shy, lesbian twin sister on the popular UK TV series Skins, and now, seeing her face in a new setting without a British accent is downright bizarre.

Prescott is now a rebellious 16-year-old who was abducted at 3 years old, struggling to adjust to her new life back at home, after living a big, fat lie. Oh, but don’t worry, she has a twin in this TV show too.

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Cutting Someone Off Feels Like Drowning A Puppy


You are drowning a puppy.

You are so tempted to let the puppy live but for some reason you know in your heart that this puppy, however cute and engaging, is toxic.

So it squirms to use its air path, and it struggles hard to win back the right to breathe but slowly it starts to kick less, struggle less, and all at once, its just a body, silent and stiff, still like death, the most hopeless, desolate stillness. Continue reading

Music for Your Monday

A song you like with a color in the title

Purple Swag – A.$.A.P. Rocky

A song you like with a number in the title

17 – Youth Lagoon

A song that reminds you of summertime

Sunshine – Atmosphere

A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about

Lightning Crashes – Live

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