Topic: Family

Dread Journal: I’ve Had A Panic Attack Every Christmas For The Past Five Years

Dread Journal: I've Had A Panic Attack Every Christmas For The Past Five Years

I know I’m not special. I know that the holidays are a god-awful time for everyone, everywhere, and so pretending that my anxiety makes Christmas uniquely unbearable for me and not everyone would be silly. All I can say is that some of my very specific anxieties are triggered by the holidays–more specifically, when I spend them with my extended family. More »

Celebrating Family Holidays With Your Imperfect Family

Celebrating Family Holidays With Your Imperfect Family

The aggressive good cheer of the holidays affects everyone differently: you can get carried along in a tidal wave of joy and eggnog, or it can remind you of what you don’t have: Cleaver-like parents or a significant other to share it all with, let alone one who lets Jon Hamm talk him or her into buying you a Mercedes. And if you’ve suffered a recent loss in your family, the season can be heartbreaking. More »

I Hugged A Saint. It Was Okay.

I Hugged A Saint. It Was Okay.

There are certain aspects of life in the city that New Yorkers seems to tacitly agree about. Taxi drivers are out to destroy you in one way or another. You never walk through Times Square if you can avoid it. And you never make eye contact with the guy in Union Square who holds a sign offering “free hugs.” More »

Kanye Really Does Not Want To Live With Kim’s Mom

Kanye Really Does Not Want To Live With Kim's Mom

Look, when I heard Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and their baby – whose name is still North, despite my continual conviction that it will change to “Kimberly” one of these days – were moving in with Kim’s mom, I thought, “That is surprising.” I thought that because Kris Jenner seems like a demanding person to live with, and if they needed help with childcare I figured they could really afford childcare. More »