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      Kate Carraway

      Kate Carraway is from Toronto. She writes a weekly column called Obseshes for VICE.com, and a monthly one in the mag called Lil' Thinks. Follow her on Twitter @KateCarraway.

      By Kate Carraway Mar 19, 2014

      Personal Loss and Rewatching 'The Hills'

      Everyone knows the moment or month or era when life happened, all at once, and established some set point of desire or values or best-ever happiness. Flash-flooded with detail, and then flash-frozen in time, it's usually a quick, early thing: an especiall…

      By Kate Carraway Mar 19, 2014
      By Kate Carraway Feb 18, 2014

      The Me Gaze

      Girls and women (it feels so corny to consider girls and women as these separate classes of experience, right?) have, more so than guys and to our great benefit, style and shopping as a means of expression and self-realization.

      By Kate Carraway Feb 18, 2014
      By Kate Carraway Jan 29, 2014

      Ritual

      Falling asleep, I often find a convincing, semiconscious simulacrum of cozy peace by imagining a nonscientific, crayon-drawn version of a light field, and then focusing tighter and tighter on the black empty places in between the things.

      By Kate Carraway Jan 29, 2014
      By Kate Carraway Jan 1, 2014

      The 2013 Girl Year in Review

      From Girls to "Grown Woman" (and more important stuff, too, but I'm here for the peppermint gum and sparkly pencils of girl stuff, OK?), 2013 was a big year for girls. Here is the girl year in review, along with some non-committal predictions for 2014…

      By Kate Carraway Jan 1, 2014
      By Kate Carraway Dec 31, 2013

      Energy

      If there is a single idea that can be borrowed from its original physics, or whatever context, and reapplied as an explanation for the ways in which people are shitty to each other, it's that energy can't be created or destroyed, only changed.

      By Kate Carraway Dec 31, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Nov 15, 2013

      Twitter Selves

      Twitter is uncomfortably easy. Like Sunday afternoons, like an unencumbered ego, anything at all can surge forward to fill the empty space, and everything will.

      By Kate Carraway Nov 15, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Oct 25, 2013

      Riffing

      Riffing is like mutual masturbation. It is essentially the small talk of anyone who, at some point in their adolescence, learned how to throw dice about their thing, whatever that may be, music or movies or whatever, instead of having regular conversation…

      By Kate Carraway Oct 25, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Oct 1, 2013

      TV Party!

      Here are some select selections from the lineup of brand-new shows where the rubric for inclusion is about as sophisticated as "what I feel like" and, you know, what might turn out to be good.

      By Kate Carraway Oct 1, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Aug 9, 2013

      The End of High-Low

      By now, to say that highbrow and lowbrow—or high culture and low culture—form a false dichotomy is pretty, you know, obvs. Maybe we've felt it to be true for a while, that the idea of high and low as discrete and opposed units of whatever—of product or co…

      By Kate Carraway Aug 9, 2013
      By Kate Carraway May 3, 2013

      Friends

      Friendship is a constantly self-renewing frontier of human relationships, a Wild West of emotional and temporal adventure times. The stuff of great friendships applies to kindergarteners sharing a snack as much as it does to Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks wat…

      By Kate Carraway May 3, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Apr 27, 2013

      Punk and Me: A Dissociation Love Story

      There was a year of high school where I basically only listened to the Velvet Underground, and so it went from there. My primary bands are hardcore: Black Flag, Minor Threat, and the Adolescents. I also like X and Social Distortion and Bad Brains and some…

      By Kate Carraway Apr 27, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Apr 20, 2013

      Rabbit-Soft Self-Care

      So although my purpose at the moment is only to absorb and absorb and absorb the human horror that has been steadily unfolding in Boston (are y'all shivering, too?), I can offer up some mostly other, mostly unrelated Obseshes of the week for you. Just a l…

      By Kate Carraway Apr 20, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Apr 13, 2013

      Bummer Obseshes

      Obseshes aren't always the happier, excitinger, positive-bright-sided things of life, you guys. Obseshes are also the bleakest, most-worst preoccupations, which are just as likely to dominate a subconscious/conscious/conscience as whatever it is you're bo…

      By Kate Carraway Apr 13, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Apr 9, 2013

      Classism

      Fun fact: when you don't know what you're talking about, you're probably talking about class. I'd say half of what seems to be racist and sexist and xenophobic is classist and allowed to be because nobody gets into it, and nobody wants to. Classism in act…

      By Kate Carraway Apr 9, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Apr 6, 2013

      A Million Little Ones

      Maybe more like a half-million medium-sized ones, in the spirit of springtime, or of pink-yellow-blue flower buds, or of the jillions of ice crystals and snowflakes that have us/me locked into this forever-April torment. Let's do a million little ones jus…

      By Kate Carraway Apr 6, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Mar 23, 2013

      Everyone's All About It

      VICE very presciently did up a whole issue loosely themed around spring break (I wrote about "limited chaos," which is going to solve your life if it needs solving) (probably), and my girls are all about it and are scrapping whatever nascent fashion plans…

      By Kate Carraway Mar 23, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Mar 16, 2013

      The Dunham Rule

      Last week I invented "Swift-boating" to describe the undue overattention and bushfire criticism that a young, pretty woman who says stuff ("says stuff") inevitably experiences. This week I'd like to submit the "Dunham rule" as a related phenomenon, in whi…

      By Kate Carraway Mar 16, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Mar 13, 2013

      Limited Chaos

      I have two recurring dreams. One is none of your business until I make it your business and the other you're going to hear about even if you don't want to: It's about a familiar-since-forever kind of weekend beach party cum bacchanal, a performance of cha…

      By Kate Carraway Mar 13, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Mar 9, 2013

      Enough with the Psychodramas Already

      My feelings are SOMETIMES a crystal unicorn locked in a curio cabinet that gets dusted monthly. I mean, in one most-of-the-time sense, I'm high-functioning; in another sense, in the sense we will now discuss, I'm made of glass. (SOMETIMES!) It's fine…

      By Kate Carraway Mar 9, 2013
      By Kate Carraway Mar 6, 2013

      Fashion in the 90s

      The 90s were perfect. This isn't to privilege one set of nostalgics over another; the 1990s reverence felt by three small, semidiscrete generations (X, Y, Millennial) is, of course, no different from anyone else's nostalgia for what came before, but serio…

      By Kate Carraway Mar 6, 2013