Table of Contents
July 4, 2012Blah blah blah blah blah blah, Magic Mike.
July 11, 2012Deep thoughts.
July 18, 2012The future and the past and the present.
July 25, 2012Daydreams versus real life.
Tear It Up, Rip It Up, Kick It UpA day of boredom-killing.
Drugstore CowgirlGas station food, friends, lava lamp heels -- all good things.
You and Me and the Devil Makes ThreeFriends, summer, junk food, etc.
I Just Wanna Get AlongAnd skateboard and sleep and some other stuff.
Better Days Will Haunt YouA photo diary from Olivia -- now, in motion!
Other People Want to Keep in TouchSomething happens and it's not enough.
Wonder YearsPictures of summer freedom that served as our backgrounds all month.
Camp Rules!Even if you never leave home.
Music Makes the People Come TogetherA guide to attending a music festival.
DIY Bike StreamersExhilarating at any speed.
Literally the Best Thing Ever: Christian the LionTrue love.
In Defense of Doing NothingDoing something is cool, but doing nothing is an art.
Go, Now, Go!Skip school, take off, have fun. (Don't tell your parents.)
Rock of AgesHow to organize an all-ages show.
Literally the Best Thing Ever: The Hardware StoreEven better than Michaels!
The Fine Line Between Freedom and Losing ControlAt some point, the limits I was testing were my own.
Cutting the Ties That BindI hardly ever speak to my family, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Sneaking AroundSometimes you can just push open a door and let yourself out.
Heavenly CreaturesHow I found my best friend.
This Is How It Feels to Be FreeFeminism can be a prison if it's all about the anger.
Identity TheftThe cost of pursuing the American dream.
The Choice Is YoursConfessions of a lifelong decision-hater.
Liberating ThingsShoplifting was my secret other life that no one knew about.
Free FallingMusic for missing curfews, messing around, and feeling like your stomach might drop through the floor because you are excited and nervous and free.
Friday Playlist: SoundscapingThe ultimate musical freedom.
Literally the Best Thing Ever: George Michael's "Freedom"He was on fire. So was his leather jacket.
Friday Playlist: Hanging Out With Enid ColeslawMusic that our beloved malcontent would lurve.
Friday Playlist: KrautrockMusic for those long drives on the autobahn or, really, anywhere.
Theme Song: July 2012"Into the Night"
Friday Playlist: The Wrong Side of the SunriseSongs for seeing daybreak.
Body ConsciousI'm done getting down on myself when I'm getting down.
Damn Girl Ya Look GoodBespectacled babes, chest asymmetry, cute overalls, and putting on your face.
Karen Elson Is Your FriendAnd listen up, because it's about to get wise in here.
Ask a Grown WomanCloseted girlfriends, crushes, and standing up for your rights.
Just WonderingFinding fun, confidence, and forgiveness.
Today Is the DayI'm taking my time, trailing behind.
Victory GardenA reader sent this to us with this description: "Attached lies the story of a girl who grew up in suburbia with her grandparents. She has an imaginary friend whom she pieced together over time (but she hasn't quite imagined the eyebrows quite right yet). The garden is her favorite place, one that she can always retreat to."
Friend CrushJuly 2012: Cristina and Olivia
My Wandering DaysPhotos from the life of a reader.
Editor's LetterJuly 2012: Freedom
Cruise ControlDriving alone on an open road at night is like being the captain of your own universe.
Know Your RightsA guide to help you protect your civil liberties.
Road Trip Diary: Week TwoGetting weird across America.
Embrace Your Ignorance: An Interview With Neil deGrasse TysonWe talk to our favorite astrophysicist about the crazy new particle, and other stuff.
Road Trip Diary: Week ThreeSisters, dogs, and doughnuts.
What You Need to Know About DrinkingSuggestions to help yourself and your friends stay safe.
Not-So-Fantastic PlasticMo' credit, mo' problems.
Road Trip Diary: Week FourThe bittersweet end!
Eating: A ManifestoStick this on the fridge.
Why Can't I Be You: Carrie BrownsteinIn which we learn how to be a rock star, writer, comedian, and all-around gift to humanity.
Write of PassageSteps for becoming the next Didion, or Hurston, or Woolf, or you.
Road Trip Diary: Week FiveSniffle.
Doing DrugsI mean, don’t. But if you’re thinking about it, here’s a primer.