Articles By: Hannah Roberts

Phone Sex: “Her”, OkCupid, and the Algorithms of Love

It’s been two weeks since I saw Spike Jonze’s new film Her. But it is only now, on a quiet night, that I finally feel ready to write about it. Because I am sitting alone with my computer and a chocolate bar, and it just seems painfully appropriate. My screening of “Her” coincided eerily with...
January 8th, 2014 | Film | Read More

The Best Article You’ll Read Today (Isn’t This One)

I’m serious. If this is the best article you’ve read today so far, then I would encourage you to read more. Maybe try this one. That is just what I had open on my desktop, there are a lot more out there. But who knows which one will be the best to read? That’s a journey you’ll have to take alone,...
December 5th, 2013 | Blogging | Read More

God and Myers-Briggs: The Science of Spiritual Gifts

My friends and I have adopted a new slogan of sorts that comes up during most social gatherings. Almost like clockwork, someone over by the salsa will drop the phrase “ESTJ,” at which point we’ll grin: “It’s not a party until someone brings up Myers-Briggs.” Lately, it seems to be a fair...
October 22nd, 2013 | Religion | Read More

“I met Harrison Ford!”: Reflections on Celebrity Worship

Yesterday, I met Harrison Ford. It was one of those classic L.A. moments that all of my friends back home assume that I have every day. My coworkers and I strolled out of our Santa Monica offices, stretching our cubicle-weary legs, headed for the food trucks at the center of the business park. On our...
August 1st, 2013 | Culture, Film | Read More

Somebody Needs a Hug: Touch for the Emotionally Stunted

What does touch mean to you? Trying to find the light switch in a dark room? Making contact with the rim of the basketball hoop? A so-so TV series with Kiefer Sutherland? Whatever first comes to mind, chances are that when it comes to touch between people you’d agree that the modern rules are a little...
June 4th, 2013 | Culture | Read More

Coachella: The Next Best Thing to a Zombie Apocalypse

Imagine if you will, that you are traveling with a small and unlikely group, preparing to face the elements. You drive for hours, and then pull up into a promising-looking row of cars, tents, and sloppily hung blankets. Home sweet home, for now. Once you choose a camping spot, you try to make it as cozy...
May 8th, 2013 | Music | Read More

Salad, Sex and Lent: Abstinence for a Purpose

I’m a virgin. You may have heard of us. My understanding of sex is based on a combination of fifth-grade conversations with my mom, accidentally running into people in the park who thought they were alone, and watching HBO. Not much on the personal experience end. While I have no problem admitting...
April 3rd, 2013 | Church, Holidays, Religion | Read More

“Typical”: Why A Comparative Culture Shouldn’t Get Us Down

I work in a city full of starving artists. Dream-chasers. People who throw around more letters than a first-grade class. “CAA.” “SAG.” “USC.” “WME.” “DGA.” There’s a huge level of social prowess that comes with being able to associate yourself with any of the more flashy acronyms....
February 20th, 2013 | Culture | Read More

Girls Just Wanna Have…?

Note from the Editor: The views expressed are solely that of the author. This is not an endorsement of the television show Girls. Lena Dunham is an evil genius. I’ve watched her Girls series with a car-crash fascination, respecting her honesty and wit while hoping her characters might get to have...
January 25th, 2013 | Television | Read More