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Chris Listens: Medication, Confirmation, and the Pressure to Pursue Higher Education

By Chris_DikenDecember 1, 2009
Hey, where were all of you last Thursday? Didn't I invite everyone over to my aunt's house for Thanksgiving dinner? Didn't I explain how she recently purchased a football stadium so she now has room for over 80,000 guests? Well, in any case, you missed ... More  →
Chris Listens: Medication, Confirmation, and the Pressure to Pursue Higher Education

Chris Listens: Going Gray, Mega Secrets, and the Burning Desire for Bumpits

By Chris_DikenNovember 20, 2009
Yes, Sparklers, today is the day you have all been waiting for. After countless countdowns, plot-spoiling blog posts, and rumors about on-set love affairs, the cinematic event of the 21st century is finally upon us: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans comes out today!!!! ... More  →
Chris Listens: Going Gray, Mega Secrets, and the Burning Desire for Bumpits

Chris Listens: Abusive Boyfriends, Inexplicable Anger, and the Secret to Staying Happy (Maybe)

By Chris_DikenNovember 13, 2009
Today is the Friday the 13th. If you're superstitious, you should probably stay away from ladders, black cats, mirrors, and goalie masks. Unless you’re playing hockey, of course, in which case maybe you should go with the mask. Otherwise you might get a puck to ... More  →
Chris Listens: Abusive Boyfriends, Inexplicable Anger, and the Secret to Staying Happy (Maybe)

Chris Listens: Cutting, Swimming, and Getting Over Stage Fright

By Chris_DikenNovember 6, 2009
Hello again. Right now you may be thinking, "Didn't we just do this whole question-listen-answer thing a couple of days ago?" Well, let me reassure you that your brain is not deceiving you. Your computer is not trying to pull the wool over your eyes. Heck, ... More  →
Chris Listens: Cutting, Swimming, and Getting Over Stage Fright

Chris Listens: Tough Times, Wiccan Beliefs, and Gay Best Friends

By Chris_DikenNovember 4, 2009
Happy November, Sparklers. I received many heartfelt, well-considered, artfully composed electronic missives over the last week and a half, and I want to apologize for not being able to respond to all of them. But let me reiterate that even if I don’t have the ... More  →
 Chris Listens: Tough Times, Wiccan Beliefs, and Gay Best Friends

Chris Listens: Coming Out, Panic Attacks, and a Serious Roommate Crush

By Chris_DikenOctober 23, 2009
Last week a very clever Sparkler used this column as a platform on which to express his or her affection for yours truly. But anonymous crushes are one of the things that make the internet great, right? Or maybe they make the internet horrifying? Either ... More  →
Chris Listens: Coming Out, Panic Attacks, and a Serious Roommate Crush

Chris Listens: Troubled Parents, Checking People Out, and Feeling Left Out

By Chris_DikenOctober 16, 2009
As you know, I'm a big fan of communicating (and its second cousin, venting). Expressing yourself is good for your mental health, and, in my experience, people like to know how other people feel about things. It's a win-win. The problem is, it's easy to write ... More  →
Chris Listens: Troubled Parents, Checking People Out, and Feeling Left Out

Chris Listens: Tall Guys, Teacher Crushes, and Flirting in Church

By Chris_DikenOctober 9, 2009
Last week, after revealing a few (some might say scant) details about myself and how I obtained this listenership, I was accused of being “vague,” “a tad vague,” and also “a bit vague.” Well, you already know my real name and what I look like ... More  →
Chris Listens: Tall Guys, Teacher Crushes, and Flirting in Church

Chris Listens: Magnet Schools, Changing Friends, and Waiting for the Right Time

By Chris_DikenOctober 2, 2009
Hello Sparklers. Welcome to Chris Listens, the internet advice column that juxtaposes your questions and my answers. This week, I received a rather specific inquiry about this whole enterprise: I was on SparkNotes and stumbled upon your advice column. What an absurd job. How did you ... More  →
Chris Listens: Magnet Schools, Changing Friends, and Waiting for the Right Time

Chris Listens: Trips to Fiji, Loose Friends, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Music

By Chris_DikenSeptember 25, 2009
I have some bad news for you, Sparklers. Summer is over. I just shoved my Garfield beach towel into the deepest recesses of the closet, knowing I won’t need it again for months. (Unless I run out of regular bath towels, of course.) And a ... More  →
Chris Listens: Trips to Fiji, Loose Friends, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Music