You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).

Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.

Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.

Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?

People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.


Let’s not even mention the goddamn entitlement bullshit that makes these people think that if you’re poor and you’re living off welfare, then it’s your social responsibility to only eat healthy food and never buy soda or chicken legs or anything that isn’t solely needed for nutrition. Because god forbid you actually eat something just for the sake of enjoying it once in awhile. And because obviously healthy eating habits or lack thereof are in no way influenced by class priviledge and access to both information and the actual material goods. No, wait, that’s exactly what they are influenced by. When I say “hey” you say “corn subsidies”!

Also: you’re probably munching on foie gras canapés while sitting in some stupid press conference. Sit the fuck down and let the poor people have their soda.

Bad Toy Franchise Movies Made Good

I went to see Lego Movie with Neil last night thinking it would be a total crapshoot. A movie made to sell more toys. Wow. Hollywood has no boundaries these days!

Then I quickly realized that the movie was amazing. Stop-motion Lego animation over cheesy graphics? Andy from Parks and Rec? Parallel universes riffing on different Lego franchises? Batman being there but in a no-big-deal way? A Tegan and Sarah song that will be stuck in my head forever? Yes. My boyfriend said he literally “smiled the whole time.” It’s that good.

Clearly they had taken a stinker of a brief for a movie: Make Legos seem relevant even as they start to make Legos just for girls, or Harry Potter Legos or whatever the eff. And then they handed it to a bunch of genius writers, directors and voice actors. 

The movie even had a cool message - be creative, break the rules, believe in yourself, grounded with a cautionary ‘watchout’ to its own message (you can only break the rules once you’ve learned them). 

My only wish for the movie was that it could have been a little less conflict-driven and taken some time to stretch its legs in the fun, imaginative, lovely, funny universe they had created. I wanted more time in the dog head where all the famous Legos hang out. 

The whole thing made me feel optimistic about the weird, selly-outy-ness of Hollywood. If we’re going to do it, we might as well employ great people to do it. I even felt pleasantly surprised by the movie Battleship. I expected utter stupidity and got a pretty cool alien movie starring Tim Riggins! Yeah. I’ll take it.

Anyway, I can’t stop thinking about Lego movie. It was so good. Go see it. 


“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is an unmerited privilege, a sign of that person’s socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and cosign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can self-righteously bestow DWYL as career advice to those covetous of her success.

If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves — in fact, to loving ourselves — what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing.

Broad City

Like GirlsBroad City is part of a welcome new crop of comedies that treat New York – especially contemporary, moneyed, John Varvatos CBGB store New York – in decidedly un–Alicia Keys terms. It’s the concrete jungle where dreams are made up and then quickly drowned in a $14 cup of cold-pressed acai juice. It’s the accumulation of bad dates, worse days, rent checks, and trash trucks that can make a twentysomething feel ancient, even if she acts like an ornery teen.”


why everyone on t.v. cheats and doesn’t know about abortions

i’m working on writing a novel for probably the first time in my life (despite a false start at age 22 that i plan to dig up if i can find it and finish someday). i don’t want to jump the gun and act like i am suddenly an expert. it’s a lot harder than i imagined it would be. but i have realized a couple things.

for one, affairs and pregnancies are amazing catalysts. that is why everyone in every show and book is a big giant cheater and why whenever people in movies get pregnant it’s not like, “oh time to get an abortion” it’s “time to awkwardly mash two unlike people together cuz BABY. let the plot-fodder ensue!”

so i’m trying to resist having all my characters have affairs and accidental pregnancies, but it’s really a lot harder than you’d think. if people ever read my book, i hope they will not think, “gee becky is obsessed with affairs and accidental pregnancies.” all writers are cuz those situations make things go.

the main, healthy takeaway here is to know that people in real life are probably not having as many dramatic affairs as books and movies would lead you to think. but they are having way more abortions.