Advice about how to spend your summer vacation
May 30, 2014 1:28 PM Subscribe
You could call summers like this a colossal waste of time. But that’s what feels immortal about them—wasting time, colossally, as the gods must do.
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Taisia Kitaiskaia writes an ode to summer on the Hairpin. The author, a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, also channels Baba Yaga
in a regular advice column for the same website.
I found that column impenetrable and slightly twee, and always skipped it, until one day not long ago when someone linked to one of the columns from AskMe, and suddenly it seemed to me to be brilliant: poetic, lyrical and wise. I'm still not 100% sure which side I come down on, but this was the column
that changed my mind:
Dear Baba Yaga,
I can’t seem to remember what the point of all this is. For the past three years I have valiantly done what needs to be done. Done what no one else is willing to do. I have grieved and lost and given birth and adopted a goddamn puppy and now I can’t remember why I signed up for any of that. How do I wake up in the morning with a purpose that is more interesting than being a plow horse?
Plow-horses carry out the duty given to them by some Master. ;For some-such reason, you have decided there is some other being–some Master–telling you what is to be done. & if so valiant, on whose behalf have you gone crusading? ( Divine who you believe has made you such a toil-beast ; perhaps the Master is a fiction, & the field you plow used by no one.
(In some ways, Baba Yaga is the last vestige of a long proud history
of advice columns at the Hairpin. Not surprisingly, former Hairpin editor Edith Zimmerman has some strong feelings
about the form.)