Is Machismo Just Make-Up for Men?

In his book The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating, David Buss cites a study claiming that, by and large, men find women who wear make-up more attractive, but women find men who wear make-up (even to cover up pimples or scars) less attractive. This discrepancy is often cited as evidence that men are…

Read More

A Bridesmaid in Burlesque: New Year’s Eve

Disclaimer: although written in the style of a memoir, the following story is a complete work of fiction, and any resemblance of the characters or situations in said story to any real individuals, famous or not famous, are purely coincidental. After three weeks of performances, the Guys & Dolls cast got a week off to…

Read More

The “Ghosting” of Christmas Present

A question no man should ever have to ask himself on Christmas Eve: should I go to Midnight Mass alone, or watch Love Actually on Netflix with my cat? I had never seen Love Actually. At 27, I had never seen any Christmas movies. I hadn’t seen Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Nightmare before Christmas, Elf,…

Read More

A Tale of Two Parking Tickets

It wasn’t a good date, and it ended with me walking back to my car and finding a parking ticket on the windshield. It turned out the permit she had given me to park legally in her neighborhood wasn’t valid until the following night. Goodbye, $50. I was upset and texted her a photo of…

Read More

The Day Before Valentine’s Day: Single Guy Edition

Online dating is great for people who don’t spend too much time online: outgoing people with active lifestyles who work demanding hours and don’t have time to meet people anywhere other than the Internet. …and when I did online dating, those were the type of women whose profiles I was attracted to: the ones who…

Read More

A Bridesmaid in Burlesque (Opening Night)

Disclaimer: although written in the style of a memoir, the following story is a complete work of fiction, and any resemblance of the characters or situations in said story to any real individuals, famous or not famous, are purely coincidental. I slept through that alarm and was awakened at 6:30 P.M., a half hour after…

Read More