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Liz Your Best Life

"A free-form jazz exploration in front of a festival crowd"

Hi Liz. I think my boyfriend has a crush on you in earnest, so I did what came naturally and set out to find out as much about you as the Internet would reveal. Anyway, you're a great writer and you have pretty hair. So here's my question: How come in your thesis from 2010, you write "U.S. America" instead of either "United States of America", "U.S.A." or "U.S. of America"? I'd like to assume this is a stylistic choice that you already have an explanation to, so I'd like to hear it. Thanks! asked by Anonymous

Mainly I am just really happy someone read my thesis! OMG! You spend so much time on it, you know? And then it gets buried! That’s my takeaway from this message.

No, just kidding. To answer your question I wrote U.S. America just because I thought that is how people wrote it in that kind of context. If you just say “America” or “American” teens you are also implying that it extends to Latin American teens, who I didn’t interview (though, if someone wanted to do a cross-cultural study with me how great would that be?). I think I wrote something something “teens in a generalized U.S. America” or something like that, with U.S. clarifying which America it was, I guess. I’m actually not sure what the proper APA style is (is there??) so if there is one let me know, though it’s too late now to fix it :/ The other thing is when you’re writing a thesis I think some things slip through just because you’re tired and more worried about the meat of the argument. The downside of having people read your thesis is that you go back and think “ugh I could have done this better.” And I agree with you that the phrasing is kind of awkward. LIFE!

Also, RE: your boyfriend, I totally get googling people! Do I ever! I make a life out of the internet so I am sure you found PLENTY of stuff on me (yeeee). Don’t worry, though, I am married to Cameron Frye and I signed a love contract. However it sounds like you guys have a good relationship anyway and you’re a cool person so I am not worried about you two. Love in the 10s!

Dan’s car got broken into last night.

Between the guy with the extreme barefeet in a public bathroom and now this, it looks like with the close of July … might come the close of the Summer of Bongos? Is this what you are telling us, cruel world?

PS nothing was stolen, there was nothing there to steal but Lindamood-Bell handbooks and mix CDs from the early 2000s, which honestly thank GOD they spared, and the CD player is antitheft so now it is just blinking a red light at us. The window is VERY broken, though, and our dirt driveway is a mess, and it is just a bummer. Incredibly un-bongos.

And on team spirit day at work, too.

I do not stress about not living in New York City. I can produce the work I want to make right here. If anything, the cheaper cost of living in Atlanta makes that easier.


A part of me gets really sad when a creative, progressive friend moves to Los Angeles or Chicago or some larger media market, because those cities don’t need them like the South needs them. They can do amazing things right here.

from an intro to Flannery O’Connor Walks Among Us

This was a cool project from Brooke Hatfield that she did for ATL zine fest last month. Glad The Bitter Southerner spread it too!

And I’ve been thinking much more about The South and why I ended up here and what I am doing here. I have been to a lot of places and lived in a  lot of cities but I will tell you, the feeling of solidarity among the writers and creative people here is palpable — people really do make you feel like you are welcome and you are needed, too.

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Love this $100 bangle. I will trade you a Zine for it, Kate Diamond Jewelry.

ofakind:

Athena Bangle by Katie Diamond Jewelry for Of a Kind

BUY / 50 of a kind / $104

Love this $100 bangle. I will trade you a Zine for it, Kate Diamond Jewelry.

Just a couple of dogs letting the bongos play here at the UPS STORE

Just a couple of dogs letting the bongos play here at the UPS STORE

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