Jessica Leigh from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 21 Jul 2019 09:09:36 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Jessica Leigh from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/jessica-leigh-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice 2a4fc996f2a2af8c0fd96650d1c92e61 We Didn't Know Isn't Good Enough for 06/03/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/06/14/we-didnt-know-isnt-good-enough Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Wed Jun 04, 2014</p> 96c932b779383e87bd003d53588a40c5 Gold Diggers: More American than Apple Pie for 04/29/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/04/14/gold-diggers-more-american-than-apple-pie Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Wed Apr 30, 2014</p> 9862596e68f4bde95c78879b25b3b642 A Shoe with No Foot for 03/28/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/03/14/a-shoe-with-no-foot Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Psycho" did it first. More than 30 years later, "Pulp Fiction" and "L.A. Confidential" pulled off their versions. What do these films have in common &#8212; besides boatloads of recognition for outstanding acting, directing and writing? They're wonderful stories with big-shot directors who, in the middle of the action, killed off leading characters played by superstars. It happens infrequently and almost never on network TV. But it happened last Sunday on CBS.</p> <p>"The Good Wife" fired a spray of bullets through its primary love story and laid its leading man to rest. And they did it in such a way that left millions of viewers slack-jawed and turning to Twitter for a virtual pinch to determine whether what they'd seen was but a dream.<p>Updated: Sat Mar 29, 2014</p> 1bfb50f8428a734a72e2ace7d8b3166e Marathon Hotties: Good for the Goose and the Gander for 03/21/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/03/14/marathon-hotties-good-for-the-goose-and-the-gander Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Fri Mar 21, 2014</p> e782f10ef81a2b65f5c2b85518948f4b From Bossy to Badass for 03/14/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/03/14/from-bossy-to-badass Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 1885, when Mark Twain learned that the Concord Public Library had banned "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," he said to his editor, "Apparently, the Concord library has condemned Huck as 'trash and only suitable for the slums.' This will sell us another twenty-five thousand copies for sure!"</p> <p>Cha-ching! Banning books tends to have the effect of magnifying their popularity. So what does that mean for "bossy"?<p>Updated: Fri Mar 14, 2014</p> 5496f0a8e975911ff779c171d85c2d5e #CyberBullies Swarm 'Vertigo' Star for 03/07/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/03/14/cyberbullies-swarm-vertigo-star Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0800 <p>You really can't blame Kim Novak for moving to the forest.</p> <p>For a country that has spent the past few years waging a rhetorical war against bullying in an attempt to create a kinder, gentler America &#8212; Anti-Bullying Day, the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus, Stomp Out Bullying &#8212; we sure are a bunch of assholes.</p> <p>For better or worse, cruelty is nothing new to Novak. The actress was discovered in the 1950s by one of Hollywood's meanest moguls: Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 07, 2014</p> 8718a4101d50a4abcc1af658c5f899be Spike Lee Kickstarts Gentrification Debate for 02/28/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/02/14/spike-lee-kickstarts-gentrification-debate Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last year, "Do the Right Thing" director Spike Lee set out to raise some money via Kickstarter for a new film project. Realizing he controls a prime piece of New York City real estate, he decided to lease it to sweeten the pot and settled on $10,000 as his asking price for a courtside seat alongside his to watch the Knicks play at Madison Square Garden.</p> <p>Thirty-one deep-pocketed people, including fellow filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, bit.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 28, 2014</p> e067ba16a68b311ca645db4a675dcb54 Hard To Belieb for 02/14/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/02/14/hard-to-belieb Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I like a man who looks like he's been out chopping wood &#8212; or could at least identify and convincingly grip an ax. In other words, I'm not into Justin Bieber, who looks like he'd need a team of be-bop-Beliebers to lower the ax via invisible wires into his outstretched hands to fake his way through any wood-chopping scenes in a music video.</p> <p>Sidebar: If you know of any good wood-chopping scenes in a music video, please send links.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 14, 2014</p> d5c92c23516a72717fc45a11ad6c58f1 Hollywood, Hoffman and Fantasy Heroism for 02/07/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/02/14/hollywood-hoffman-and-fantasy-heroism Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"If one of us dies of an overdose, probably 10 people who were about to won't."</p> <p>Said Philip Seymour Hoffman to writer Aaron Sorkin, who posted about the actor's overdose on Time.com with equal parts brevity and naivete. </p> <p>Sounds a bit self-congratulatory, doesn't it? Casting themselves, one or the other, in the role of hero? No mention of the broken hearts that would go on beating &#8212; in Hoffman's case, three children, a woman who loved him, friends, fellow actors, creative collaborators, students, mentors, what looks like a world full of fans. No mention of the true power of addiction, which doesn't quiver in the face of mortality or concern itself with fragility. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 07, 2014</p> 40b157c13eae9d5095239171d92634bd Mean Mothers for 01/31/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/01/14/mean-mothers Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I was 10 years old when I first saw "Mommie Dearest" &#8212; and I was terrified. How could a mother be so cruel? Especially such a pretty one? I went to my closet and searched for any sign of wire hangers. Just in case.</p> <p>Twenty years later, while walking through Philly's Center City, there it was again: Faye Dunaway's face slathered in cold cream projected onto the crumbling wall of a grizzled pub. College students and drag queens camped out in its overgrown courtyard. "Tinaaaa! Bring me the ax!" they roared as one. </p> <p>And laughed. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 31, 2014</p> 2beda50f5a812d4f46d96564dd2318ec Taken from Behind Without Permission for 01/24/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/01/14/taken-from-behind-without-permission Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Down in beautiful Baja is a magical place that barely registers on Google maps. An oasis in the Mexican desert, Guadalupe Canyon is home to salt flats, hot springs, elusive bighorn sheep and formidable boulders with the ancient markings of water long gone. </p> <p>Some friends were going for New Year's. Did we want to go with?</p> <p>Did we?<p>Updated: Sat Jan 25, 2014</p> 348e78215c9b890f0306cb1a4b8148a2 Burning Rituals for 01/17/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/01/14/burning-rituals Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>Two days before flying home for a good ol' Texas Christmas, I lit my shit on fire at a winter solstice party in LA. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 17, 2014</p> 03566cdb74810fd4ce11248ca2821406 Stealing Bad for 10/10/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/10/13/stealing-bad Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p><em> I'm in my mid-teens, and my parents make good money. We live in a nice house in a nice neighborhood, and while we aren't living large or anything, I have a pretty sweet setup. I get an allowance, and my parents are chill about clothes and extras. I'm not allowed to have a job during the school year because I'm supposed to focus on grades and getting into college, and I sometimes play that card to work them for more cash.</em></p> <em> <p>Here's the thing. Even though I know they'll give it to me if I ask, I take money from them &mdash; out of their wallets or straight from the utility drawer where Mom stashes &quot;petty&quot; cash. I also steal things from stores &mdash; otc meds from drugstores, pregnancy tests, panties from Nordstrom for my girlfriend, MP3 players, phones. I even stole a laptop once. Most of the time, I sell this stuff cheap or give it away.</p> </em> <p><em>Am I a klepto, or is this normal? I mean, is this pretty common for someone my age? When I know I can get away with it, it's hard to pass it up. I get a rush, and most of the time it's stuff for other people. No one gets hurt. &mdash; Teen Klepto </em><p>Updated: Thu Oct 10, 2013</p> 6ecec76eba92b7eda00ffd7b695281a1 Lose the Scrooge for 10/03/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/10/13/lose-the-scrooge Thu, 03 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i> I just have no idea what to do with this one. I've been dating this guy for a few months. He's smart, attentive and successful and even kind of funny. But he's cheap. And it's not because he's nursing a business or a dream or has a sick family member he's giving all of his money to. That I would understand. I also have a lot of respect for intelligent, big-picture frugality. It's the quibbling and constant remarks about the price of everything that turn me off. </p> <p>This guy can't buy me a drink without commenting on how expensive they are &mdash; even though he knows I know what they cost, because I pick up my share of the tabs. He wants to stay home and watch TV because &quot;movie tickets cost too much.&quot; He cooks dinner a lot &mdash; and not as a romantic gesture, but because &quot;it's cheaper than going out.&quot; He actually says that! All of this leads to a lot of staying in and hanging out.</p> <p>When I get fed up and call him on his behavior, he changes his tune and suggests we go out for a nice night on the town. As the date approaches, I'll ask him what he has in mind, and he invariably says something like, &quot;Well, I hope I didn't get your expectations too high. I didn't rent a private jet for the night or anything.&quot; Believe me, my expectations weren't that high. I was pretty much wondering whether he'd bothered with dinner reservations. And, of course, he hadn't. Am I being petty or materialistic here, or should I move on? &mdash; Sleeping with the Miserly </i><p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015</p> 5fe4a3e748e5703e29e195236873796e note for 10/03/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/10/13/note Thu, 03 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2013</p> 6848a392fb12291765da3c2835379cdd What's Up, Alley Cat? for 09/26/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/09/13/what-s-up-alley-cat Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i> I was driving down an alley in my neighborhood recently at dusk. It's a residential alley, so I was moving slowly. Up ahead about 100 feet, I saw a man walking in the alley toward me. He was walking on the right side of the alley, my right, so I aimed my car as far left as possible. When I did that, he headed in that direction. So I steered right. So he walked right. And as I straightened out my car to head dead center &mdash; at a crawl at this point &mdash; he did the same, picking up speed until he was standing directly outside my driver's side window, pounding on my car and yelling at me to roll it down. As if. I was pretty stunned and shouted a colorful version of, &quot;Are you out of your mind?&quot; and drove off.</p> <p>While I realize it's unlikely this is going to happen again, I'm wondering what you would have done in that situation. I'm a woman, alone in a car, closing in on dark outside. I had the presence of mind to lock my doors when I realized something was up with this guy. And it was never an option that I would open the door for him.</p> <p>I considered that maybe, to him, a pedestrian, I appeared to be driving too fast. Personally, I feel certain I was not driving at a dangerous or unreasonable speed. Maybe he's just nuts. Aside from the eyes, he didn't look mentally ill. He was tall, thin, with curly blond hair and wearing khakis and a polo shirt. Maybe he was going for &quot;distressed&quot; in the hopes that I'd feel compelled to stop and help. But it felt hostile. There have been a lot of robberies in my neighborhood this summer, so I feel a little guilty that I didn't report this incident. What do you think? &mdash; Freaked in the Driver's Seat </i><p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015</p> 14f04f196302019331819922e141e8a7 What's Up, Alley Cat? for 09/26/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/09/13/whats-up-alley-cat Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i> I was driving down an alley in my neighborhood recently at dusk. It's a residential alley, so I was moving slowly. Up ahead about 100 feet, I saw a man walking in the alley toward me. He was walking on the right side of the alley, my right, so I aimed my car as far left as possible. When I did that, he headed in that direction. So I steered right. So he walked right. And as I straightened out my car to head dead center &mdash; at a crawl at this point &mdash; he did the same, picking up speed until he was standing directly outside my driver's side window, pounding on my car and yelling at me to roll it down. As if. I was pretty stunned and shouted a colorful version of, &quot;Are you out of your mind?&quot; and drove off.</p> <p>While I realize it's unlikely this is going to happen again, I'm wondering what you would have done in that situation. I'm a woman, alone in a car, closing in on dark outside. I had the presence of mind to lock my doors when I realized something was up with this guy. And it was never an option that I would open the door for him.</p> <p>I considered that maybe, to him, a pedestrian, I appeared to be driving too fast. Personally, I feel certain I was not driving at a dangerous or unreasonable speed. Maybe he's just nuts. Aside from the eyes, he didn't look mentally ill. He was tall, thin, with curly blond hair and wearing khakis and a polo shirt. Maybe he was going for &quot;distressed&quot; in the hopes that I'd feel compelled to stop and help. But it felt hostile. There have been a lot of robberies in my neighborhood this summer, so I feel a little guilty that I didn't report this incident. What do you think? &mdash; Freaked in the Driver's Seat </i><p>Updated: Thu Sep 26, 2013</p> 072575993bb84fab12352a389061860e The Careless Comment Spread Round the World for 09/20/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/09/13/the-careless-comment-spread-round-the-world-8fd96 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i> My mother, my sister and I were driving to visit some relatives, and we saw a couple crossing the street. My mother said, &quot;Hey, is that Nadine?&quot; (Nadine is my cousin's wife.) As we got closer, we saw that it wasn't. I was exhausted, carsick and tired of my mother's carping about everything, and I said, &quot;Of course that's not Nadine. She doesn't dress that ugly.&quot; </p> <p>We got to my aunt's house, where we were going to visit for a few minutes before going to see my grandmother, and my cousin and his wife showed up. Nadine walked up to me and said, &quot;Bill, that was so sweet of you, what you said about me.&quot; I asked her what she was talking about, and she said, &quot;Your sister told me what you said on the way over here.&quot; I did a double take and said, &quot;Nadine, don't listen to what my sister says. She has a problem with self-control.&quot; </p> <p>As we were getting back into the car, I asked my sister what she was thinking, telling Nadine those things, and she just said, &quot;Oh, but she was flattered.&quot; I asked her never to repeat anything I say, explaining that I don't know my cousin's wife that well, and you never know how someone will react. <p>Updated: Fri Sep 20, 2013</p> aff59435e42523842f0b3db95755810e The Careless Comment Spread Round the World for 09/20/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/09/13/the-careless-comment-spread-round-the-world Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i> My mother, my sister and I were driving to visit some relatives, and we saw a couple crossing the street. My mother said, &quot;Hey, is that Nadine?&quot; (Nadine is my cousin's wife.) As we got closer, we saw that it wasn't. I was exhausted, carsick and tired of my mother's carping about everything, and I said, &quot;Of course that's not Nadine. She doesn't dress that ugly.&quot; </p> <p>We got to my aunt's house, where we were going to visit for a few minutes before going to see my grandmother, and my cousin and his wife showed up. Nadine walked up to me and said, &quot;Bill, that was so sweet of you, what you said about me.&quot; I asked her what she was talking about, and she said, &quot;Your sister told me what you said on the way over here.&quot; I did a double take and said, &quot;Nadine, don't listen to what my sister says. She has a problem with self-control.&quot; </p> <p>As we were getting back into the car, I asked my sister what she was thinking, telling Nadine those things, and she just said, &quot;Oh, but she was flattered.&quot; I asked her never to repeat anything I say, explaining that I don't know my cousin's wife that well, and you never know how someone will react. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015</p> 7e60d965822dcd1c59a89b87b2935bd9 Too Much Time in the Cabbage Patch, Kid for 09/19/2013 https://www.creators.com/read/questionable-advice/09/13/too-much-time-in-the-cabbage-patch-kid-1b83a Thu, 19 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i> I'm pretty sure you've never seen a question like this, and it's a first for me, too, but here goes. I'm friends with a married couple, and they have a kid who is super-flatulent. Did I spell that right? </p> <p>This 10-year-old passes gas nonstop &mdash; and not always noisily, but you can smell it. With the windows in their small apartment closed, the gas fills up the room. I don't know how they can live that way. Maybe they get used to the smell? Well, I don't. It's nauseating, and I have trouble keeping my dinner down with the stink. If I have to decline an invitation to their home, what do I say? I don't want to hurt their feelings. &mdash; Gas Attack </i></p> <p>Lactose intolerance? Celiac disease? Too much milk, Coke, cabbage or cruciferous veggies? I'm no doctor, GA, and I presume you aren't, either, which is too bad, because if they haven't already, the parents of this kid need to get him to a pediatrician. He's intolerant of something, and it's making their home intolerable to anyone with a sense of smell.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2013</p>