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‘Hot Girls Wanted’ Review of the Netflix Porn Documentary

Stella May and her mom are having the birth control talk. Stella is visiting home for the first time since she left Texas to do porn in Miami. She tells her mom she isn’t on the pill, but she is taking precautions, ‘Don’t worry, mom,’ she says, ‘The guy does it on you instead of in you.’
Welcome the frustrating and unironic world of Hussie Models, a group of young ‘pro-am’ porn talent who live with their agent, Riley, in Miami. ‘Pro-am’–short for the oxymoronic ‘professional amateur’ porn–has changed every paradigm in smut. Pro-Am has made porn more popular, more extreme in its content, yet more mainstream in its public acceptance.
Hot Girls Wanted,  a Netflix Original produced by Rashida Jones, takes us inside the Hussie house for a stark naked look at this controversial industry.
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Life Unlubricated– a Guide to Going Out Sober

I recently celebrated my first birthday. Like a lot of recovery metaphors, ‘birthday’ sounds a little dramatic, a little too close to ‘born again.’ Looking back at my first year clean and sober, I get it. This does feel like a second life I’m living, and sometimes I feel like an emotional toddler. Growing up is painful. Truth hurts. One truth I’ve had to face is that I am not and never will be one of the 90% of people who can drink in moderation.

For the 10% like me, getting better means learning to live without lubrication. In the beginning, the hardest part was going out* sober.
Here are some tips on how to have a great night out without a drink. I use a lot of recovery speak, but these pointers are for anyone who wants to take a night off without feeling awkward. This is the guide I wish I had at 60 days.





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*Let’s `define our terms. ‘Going out’ in sober speak means relapsing, and that’s just what we’re trying to prevent here. For our purposes I’ll be using ‘going out’ to talk about a night out, hopefully a sober one.

7 Sports as Spiritual as Yoga

There’s nothing wrong with yoga, I know people who credit their sobriety, their tummy, their relationship, to this ancient form of stretching. But to single out yoga as ‘the spiritual sport’ is like saying weightlifting is ‘the one that makes you stronger.’ Here are seven sports–for the seven chakras–that offer the same presence, compassion, and transcendence….

Continue reading my latest rant at Broke-Ass Stuart.

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Eat Cheap in NYC with PareUp

The founders of PareUp saw an opportunity to save food from going to waste by putting it on the plates of people looking to dine well on a budget. At first they imagined a service where users open their fridges to one another, but decided it would be uber creepy (pun intended) to apply the model of the sharing economy to half eaten jars of peanut butter and Greek yogurt. The breakthrough came with something bakeries were already doing–offering discounts on soon to be wasted food. They set out to scale that model to food services of all types. The folks at PareUp wagered on ethics as a driving force behind consumer habits. Far from early concerns that almost-stale bagels might give patrons the wrong idea about a baker, participation with this service only strengthens a brand and demonstrate it’s values to a new generation of customers, customers who have not just money to spend, but also fucks to give. “People care about businesses that care about people,” said co-founder and CEO, Margaret Tung.

Read the rest of my piece on PareUp at Broke-Ass Stuart.

Get PareUp here. 

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Top 10 TV Themes at Broke-Ass Stuart

TV themes don’t matter like they used to. Nobody watches Game of Thrones because they hear the theme song playing from the TV room and realize it’s their favorite time of week again. The future of the TV theme song is unclear, but its past is undeniable.
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name… let’s take a look back at ten classic themes from when we watched TV on a television.

Check out my top 10 TV themes at Broke-Ass Stuart. Be sure to add your own in the comments. 


Boost Your Creativity With Emotional Problems & Mental Illness

Before you consider an MFA or a fellowship, take a second look at a time-honored alternative–mental illness. Not all mental illnesses inspire their sufferers, and not all mental patients make good art, but some disorders do have a strong correlation with creativity, and emotional turbulence is often what drives someone to make art in the first place. Here is a concise (and un-scientific) guide to help you choose the emotional disorder that’s right for you.
Read my artist’s guide to emotional problems at Broke-Ass Stuart. 
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Cheap-Ass Fountain Pens

So much more than a graduation gift or banker’s front pocket accessory, the fountain pen is still the best way to write longhand. A fountain pen will tighten up your penmanship and loosen your grip, saving you from writer’s cramp.  Contrary to the marketing hype of a few high end brands, most fountain pens are pretty cheap. Here are the five best for under $30. You can find these in Japan Town, or at Jetpens.com.

1. THE PILOT VARSITY — THE THINKING MAN’S BIC
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The Varsity is smooth beyond its price point, I’d compare it to any gold-nibbed jotter on the market. It will pain you to throw it out, but that’s what you have to do since there’s no cartridge. The nib has just enough flex and never scratches. These go for $3.00 a pop at Rite Aid…

Switch to a Typewriter

I’m what you might call a born-again luddite. There was a time when I believed that I owed my writing life to modern technology. I learned to type on Windows 95 with Mario Teaches Typing, I used right-clicking as my thesaurus, and I penned my first short story on a first-generation Macbook. I once was lost, but now I’m found. I got saved back in college when I picked up a pre-war Underwood Portable at an antique store in San Diego. The machine was in good shape, and its vintage suited my great-American-novelist pretensions at the time. I oiled it, bought a new ribbon, and got to work. The words I pecked out of the Underwood were better than the ones on my hard drive, so I never looked back. By better I mean warmer, closer to the reader, flawed in a human way–any vinyl collector or guitarist with a tube amp knows what I mean

My typewriter thing is more like a fetish than a work habit. Something you either get or you don’t. I didn’t need reasons to go analog, but here are few that might encourage you to unplug:

To read the rest of my piece, which includes a typewriter buyers guide, go to  Broke Ass Stuart.

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My new Olivetti 22

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