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Chaos Weary Chaos Weary

About a year ago, in early 2017, I briefly joined a stress-management program that functioned sort of like a support group. I was feeling brittle and panicked; alongside millions of other Americans, the generalized anxiety that normally keeps me company had grown exponentially in the aftermath of the 2016 election.

I Cannot Stop Thinking About Lala's Empowerment Prayer  I Cannot Stop Thinking About Lala's Empowerment Prayer 

On an episode of Vanderpump Rules that aired a full one-and-a-half weeks ago, cast member Ariana Madix shared that she had been in an emotionally abusive relationship that resulted in severe body image issues, which were affecting her current relationship. In response, costar Lala Kent delivered a short speech that I…

Weirdly Enough, Nobody Seems to Know Trump's Stance on Immigration  Weirdly Enough, Nobody Seems to Know Trump's Stance on Immigration 

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Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer Are Making a Christmas Movie About the Weather  Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer Are Making a Christmas Movie About the Weather 

Former The Help co-stars Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain are teaming up for a new holiday comedy, Variety reports, which will be produced by Chastain’s company Freckle Films.

Jeff Flake Says All the Right Things in Speech Comparing Trump to Joseph Stalin 

Outgoing Republican Senator Jeff Flake gave another speech on the Senate floor today denouncing his party’s president, elaborating on the same “daily sundering of our country” he mentioned last time. A day after a similar op-ed by his colleague John McCain ran in the Washington Post, Flake defended the free press…

The President's Brain Is Fine, Doctor Insists  The President's Brain Is Fine, Doctor Insists 

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Worlds Collide As Tiffany Trump Sprinkles Rose Petals at Platonic Vegas Wedding of NYC Prep Star Worlds Collide As Tiffany Trump Sprinkles Rose Petals at Platonic Vegas Wedding of NYC Prep Star

For years, I have been starved for news—any news—related to the short-lived and somewhat under-the-radar 2009 Bravo reality show NYC Prep, which followed a group of awkward, painfully privileged uptown kids pretending to care about cleft palates for their college applications. Today, my friends, we have been given…

Would You Do It With the Fish Man?  Would You Do It With the Fish Man? 

As Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water churns through the awards circuit, an unanswered question has been left lingering in the air, swirling and winking around like a constellation of magical blue lights. Would you bang the fish guy?

New York State Senator Accused of Forcibly Kissing Staffer New York State Senator Accused of Forcibly Kissing Staffer

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Vivien Leigh, a Baby Sloth From Pittsburgh, Is Very Relatable to Me Personally  Vivien Leigh, a Baby Sloth From Pittsburgh, Is Very Relatable to Me Personally 

There is a new sloth at the Pittsburgh National Aviary, and her name is Vivien Leigh. She is five months old and two-and-a-half pounds, and is very “scent-oriented.” The similarities between us are difficult to ignore.

Trump Doesn't Know What 'Clean Dream Act' Means But He Thinks It Sounds Great  Trump Doesn't Know What 'Clean Dream Act' Means But He Thinks It Sounds Great 

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This Season of The Bachelor Feels Like a Parody of Itself  This Season of The Bachelor Feels Like a Parody of Itself 

For me, at least, most seasons of The Bachelor begin with a whimper. It’s hard to tell the contestants apart or care about them at all (particularly when four of them are named Lauren), The Bachelor in his human form tends to be a hollowed-out tree trunk of a person, and the emotional reactions and inter-house…

In Despicable Move, the Trump Administration Kicks 200,000 Salvadorans Out of the U.S.  In Despicable Move, the Trump Administration Kicks 200,000 Salvadorans Out of the U.S. 

Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

A Brief Audit of the Golden Globes' Woke Male Allies  A Brief Audit of the Golden Globes' Woke Male Allies 

At last night’s Golden Globes, zero men who got up onstage mentioned #MeToo or the #TimesUp campaign that decorated many of their lapels. Some of them, smiling big for the camera in a sea of black dresses, had their own rocky histories to contend with; the awards show that was supposed to be a reckoning—and was, in…

CNN Social Media Director to Succeed Cindi Leive at Glamour  CNN Social Media Director to Succeed Cindi Leive at Glamour 

Samantha Barry, the executive producer for social and emerging media at CNN Worldwide, has been named Glamour Magazine’s next editor-in-chief, the New York Times reports. She will succeed Cindi Leive, who helmed the publication for 16 years before “abruptly” announcing her departure in September.

Fuck Off Right This Instant Fuck Off Right This Instant

Do you ever look at the news and feel the urge to scream the F-word very loud? What am I even saying—of course you do! At this very moment, I personally am punching the air with limp fists weak with extended anger and vitamin D deficiency, shrieking “Fuuuuuuuuuck offffffff, Joe Biden, with this 2020 bullshit! Fuck off…

Is Kirsten Gillibrand Too Blonde and Woman-y to Be a Viable Candidate?  Is Kirsten Gillibrand Too Blonde and Woman-y to Be a Viable Candidate? 

Well, it’s here: an op-ed, published by The Daily Beast, politely wondering whether Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is “too transparently opportunistic to be a viable candidate” in 2020 “after the rejection of another New York politician criticized for basing her positions on supposedly canny calculations rather than on…

Trump Administration Goes Ahead and Opens Nearly All Federal Waters to Drilling  Trump Administration Goes Ahead and Opens Nearly All Federal Waters to Drilling 

The Trump administration has unveiled a proposal to drill in basically all U.S. waters in pursuit of something Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke likes to call “energy dominance.” As in most cases with this administration, “dominance” is apparently code for “tearing shit up like you are three years old.”

Jeff Sessions Forges Ahead in Battle Against Marijuana That No One Else Wants Jeff Sessions Forges Ahead in Battle Against Marijuana That No One Else Wants

Like a Confederate soldier who kept fighting long after the war ended—actually, that too—Attorney General Jeff Sessions has kept up his myopic contention that marijuana is the devil’s plant, to the extent that he is now rescinding an Obama-era policy that discouraged the enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states…

Roy Moore Continues to Not Take No for an Answer, Files Last-Minute Voter Fraud Complaint [UPDATED] Roy Moore Continues to Not Take No for an Answer, Files Last-Minute Voter Fraud Complaint [UPDATED]

On Wednesday night, just hours before Alabama officials plan to certify the results of the election he miraculously lost, failed Senate candidate Roy Moore has sued to block the state from certifying Doug Jones as the winner, citing “election fraud.” He would like a voter fraud investigation, Jones’s certification…

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