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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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JUNE 6, 2012 9:36AM

My First Poetry Book

Hello, OS friends,

I know that I've been a stranger around here lately now that my school work is eating up so much of my time, but I did want to let those of you who have asked know that my first full-length book of poetry is now available from FutureCycle Press. Thank… Read full post »

Photo Credit: Olek

When we think graffiti, we don’t usually think of our mothers and grandmothers, yet older women are taking to the streets, finding signs and statues, and tagging them…with yarn. This “grandma graffiti,” or “yarn bombing,” 

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MAY 10, 2011 4:30PM

The Blogging Religion



As I was going around the city taking my pictures, it occurred to me that I see so many tributes to the kind of religions that can be celebrated publicly; but what about our private religions, those lights that secretly guide us? When pondering my own inner lights,

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Photo I took of a work by Laurina Paperina at Volta


My Creative Manifesto 

If you feel like your creative life is a song you just want to keep turning up, you have come to the right place. Welcome. I admire and pity you because I understand. You’ll

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NOVEMBER 24, 2010 4:13PM

10 Signs That You May Be a Windbag


(And yes I'm guilty of some of these.)

1. In college, you raised your hand in class with your palm facing you.

2. It's okay to roll your own French cigarettes, read the New Yorker, and have a degree in the humanities from a school whose name your parents paid dearly for,/

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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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NOVEMBER 5, 2010 10:18AM

How To Live?


Anyone can tell you that fact is different from fancy, but this becomes a bit thornier when it comes time to live it. We grow up on romantic comedies, urban legends, fairytales, media threats and promises and then we're shot into the "real world” and expected to live there.

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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 »


Photo on 2010-08-21 at 16 

After reading this post from The Takeaway on what readers would call the movie made about their lives in their mid-twenties, I realized that we're all carrying around such a load of self-effacing, but still hopeful, creative disappointment. With that in mind, here's/

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From the moment we see the schoolboys of Welton Academy transforming the tenets of their prep school, “tradition, honor, discipline, and excellence,” into the eminently more playful “travesty, horror, decadence, and excrement,” we know they’re not wa/

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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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SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 1:34PM

Obsessing Over Obsessions

Exhibit A 

I'll just say it. I'm an obsessor. If I like something a great deal, it often becomes the thing I talk about for days on end, no matter how inconsequential it may seem to the poor saps who have to listen to me (most frequently my poor, poorRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2010 11:35AM

Misery Porn and Cultural Elitism


I saw Noah Baumbach's Greenberg the other night and was reminded of two things that I'm not so fond of: those kinds of guys (simultaneously pathetic and cruel) and those kinds of movies. 

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not referring to earnest indies, but to those whoRead full post »

AUGUST 26, 2010 10:29AM

25 Things to Do Before I Die


On Showtime's The Big C, when Laura Linney's character finds out she has cancer and only a certain amount of time left, she promptly transforms from the kind of woman who would use a doily to the kind who does cartwheels down the halls of the school where she teac

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AUGUST 24, 2010 10:09AM

Awkward Family Photos


I've recently become smitten with the Awkward Family Photos blog. The site is heavy on the nostalgia. Each new photograph carries with it reminders of the moments you want to remember and maybe even some you'd rather forget. 

There are pictures of families dressed in matchin

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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 »

AUGUST 10, 2010 8:32AM

Little Truths Found in My Tweets

Chewed pen 

I would like to say I use fountain pens, but really I use whatever half-chewed nightmare stick I find under the bed.

Entered a poem on the "I Write Like" website and was told that my style is similar to Dan Brown's??? No joke.

Dear Man on the Train, nobody, and I mean/

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It's hard to explain the peculiar existence that is the freelancing life to people who don't, well, freelance. Sometimes it becomes difficult to separate my personal life from my professional one since both occur in pajamas, with 5 cups of coffee, and my ancient, chubby cat with the cra

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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 23, 2010 8:32AM

Finding Happiness in a Teapot

Photo on 2010-06-30 at 07.49 
The Teapot 


1) Found a blog that a) I read for over an hour without realizing it; b) forced me to laugh that ugly, real laugh; c) made me smarter (I'm sure of it).

2) Cleaned the house from tip to toe which a) is not really my style; b) made

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JULY 20, 2010 10:33AM

10 Habits I'm Not Proud Of


1) Consuming inappropriate things for breakfast--you know the kind: candyesque, chinesefoodesque, pizzaesque

2) Which is directly related to my inability to have cookies or cakes in the house without my husband finding me chocolate-covered and sugar-foaming at the mouth,/

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