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Caroline Hagood

Caroline Hagood
Brooklyn, New York,
November 23
I'm a writer living in Brooklyn. My articles have appeared in various publications, including The Guardian, Salon, the Huffington Post, and The Economist. My first book of poems, Lunatic Speaks, is available from FutureCycle Press and my second poetry book, Making Maxine's Baby, is available from Hanging Loose Press:


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NOVEMBER 17, 2010 11:26AM

Playboy TV's New Fantasy Woman: Your Wife


If Playboy has served as a barometer for the evolving sexual taste of the American male, then what does its new TV programming have to say about that? After realizing that it couldn’t outdo Internet porn or even other channels of the flesh without tarnishing its para/Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 10, 2010 10:52AM

Ten Tips to Feed Your Alien Blog Baby


People say that blogging is like journaling. That’s true, but only if your diary snakes in and out of the shared digital mind. When I first started Culture Sandwich, I treated it like a notebook that lived in my computer, but eventually I started seeing that it had tentacles/

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OCTOBER 25, 2010 10:01AM

10 Things About My Parents That Crack Me Up


After spending the weekend with my parents, I feel the need to document some things.

1) My mother insists on having a bird-feeder, but this is very time-consuming for her. She gets upset when the squirrels eat all the birds' food. This means that whenever she is home, she mustRead full post »

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OCTOBER 18, 2010 11:18AM

The Live Version of "30 Rock" Reminds Us of Our Own Humanity


If you think about it, what "30 Rock" did by going live last Thursday is more mind-bending than it first appears. It's a real recorded, but now live, NBC show written by Tina Fey (Liz Lemon) about a fictional live NBC show written by Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), based onRead full post »

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OCTOBER 15, 2010 11:13AM

Banksy Does The Simpsons


Here's how The Simpsons is like any other animated series created by a prominent television network--it outsources its animation to South Korea; here's how it's not like every other show—it allows graffiti artiste and trickster extraordinaire, Banksy, to do an intro/Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 12:06PM

On Being a Pedestrian in a World of Drivers

The view from my frequent Brooklyn Bridge walk 

I can drive. That is, I’m physically capable of driving, but I just don’t. There are many factors that have contributed to this state of affairs, including having lived most of my life in New York City where I don’t

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 11:21AM

7 Signs That You Have an Internet Addiction


1) You have the ability to listen to Slate's Gabfest while simultaneously composing a blog post, madly consuming internet news, and beating the heck out of JabbaTheHutt420 at online Scrabble.

2) At different intervals in your non-cyber life, you've found yourself with a strange desire t/
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AUGUST 10, 2010 4:09PM

Making Trash Sculptures in Hurricane Season


Building trash sculptures in hurricane season 

When I was seven, my family visited a little island off the coast of Puerto Rico during hurricane season. To my younger self, the littered beaches resembled billowing garbage monsters with cans for eyes. I was in heaven. I understood the sorrow of hurricanes when the innkeeper&rsq… Read full post »

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JULY 25, 2010 10:05AM

When Mom Learned to Tweet


When Mom Learned to Tweet


I grew up in a house of books. My mother puttered around, dusting and reorganizing, but really just making excuses to touch them. I often found my father asleep, using one of them as a pillow. I understood. I chose them over toys. Their dusty pages were

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JULY 15, 2010 1:37PM

How I Became Spiritual and Caucasian in Japan

Japan 13 
I have no idea what that is

My time in Japan may have been relaxing, but the plane ride there was not. I was positioned in that seat that all the flight attendants feel honor-bound to crash into with their carts. I woke up at one point to find a

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JUNE 3, 2010 11:13AM

5 Literary Hook-Ups I'd Like to See

 Mind-bending, Postmodern Hot:


1. Joseph Heller and Thomas Pynchon                                       


Joseph Heller 

Joseph Heller 

Thomas Pynchon 

Best Kno

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MAY 30, 2010 12:24AM

A Summer Reading List for the Socially-Conscious Kid


If you’re looking for summer reads that will give your child entertainment with a side of social awareness, take a gander at these books that offer nuanced takes on important issues.



1. Cynthia DeFelice’s Under the Same Sky (for ages 10 and up)


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Woody Allen--

Before there was:


There was: Mannie Hall—the first ever transgender romantic comedy, that will make you laugh, cry, and call your mother.

Orson Welles--

Before there was:


There was: Citizen Pain-- a banned roman à clef/

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Banksy Exit Through the Gift Shop 

Warning: Spoiler alert (although, after reading this, you may realize that this is impossible)

These days, when people hear the term street art, they often picture 
Shepard Fairey’s Obama Hope poster, yet it has a diverse history that includes everything from Keith HRead full post »

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APRIL 21, 2010 10:40AM

Images of My Much-Contested Coney Island


A strange and wonderful land at the southern tip of Brooklyn, Coney Island has been a contested space for quite some time now.  I visited Luna Park, Mayor Bloomberg's new vision of Coney when it opened on Memorial Day weekend, and was relieved to find a place I cou

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APRIL 1, 2010 4:11PM

Je Suis Funny Face: What I Learned in Paris


We clutch CrackBerries. They clutch baguettes. That's just the way it is.

Unfortunate '90s musicians are considered all kinds of unironic cool. Really.

Strip clubs go by the name "spectacles" and are attended by everyone, including doofus female tourists who make the mistak

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MARCH 8, 2010 3:42AM

10 Chuckle-worthy Oscar Moments (with pictures and video)



Aside from the wins (Jeff Bridges: Best Actor; Kathryn Bigelow: Best Director; The Hurt Locker: Best Picture; Sandra Bullock: Best Actress; Mo'nique: Best Supporting Actress; and Christopher Waltz: Best Supporting Actor), these were the most memorable, or at least the/

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FEBRUARY 25, 2010 7:46PM

Oscar Women: Forget the Academy, I Nominate Tatia Rosenthal


Writer-Director Tatia Rosenthal’s "$9.99," a work of stop-motion animation using silicone figures, took her ten years to make and it was well worth the wait. Like the stories by Etgar Keret that she worked from (she co-wrote the screenplay with him), Rosenthal’s visionRead full post »

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JANUARY 22, 2010 12:16AM

LaBruce:Pornographic Artist or Artistic Pornographer?


A purveyor of both the visual and libidinal arts, when it comes to genre, Bruce LaBruce is something of a riddle. Who is LaBruce exactly? Punk Zine Publisher? Reluctant Pornographer? Underground Filmmaker? Writer and Photographer? Granted, he has written and photographed for publiRead full post »

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OCTOBER 1, 2009 4:19PM

Would You Stop Calling Hillary Clinton a Witch Already




I am so very tired of people trying to cripple potent women by throwing around the “W” word; no, I’m not talking about “Woman” or “Welfare,” I’m talking about “Witchcraft.” What century do we live in? I half expect to… Read full post »