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The Great Experiment: Guilty Pleasures




All right people, $180 are at stake. Pretty good, I'd say! Y'all are a very giving bunch.

Here are the links. Read and enjoy, there are some excellent entries here. Vote via comments, but remember, only one vote per IP address. If you use the same computer to vote twice I won't count that vote. Also, you can vote under whatever name you want, including "anonymous". Anyone is welcome to vote whether they donated or not. Tell your friends and family to come vote, whoever. And please, if you have the time or particularly enjoy an entry, leave a comment! That is, after all, kind of the point. Good karma, get to know each other and all that do gooder stuff.

I'll close comments at midnight tomorrow at 10pm Mountain Standard Time because of a few late entries. Good luck everybody! And thanks for playing. Because of the number of folks who donated I think maybe I'll try again in September and hopefully more of you will participate! Also, very special thanks to a mysterious gentleman from London who is just about as sweet as they come. You know who you are.

In no particular order:

1. EDW - The World According To EDW

2. Brooks - The Absence of Sound

3. Jen - You Can Take The Girl Out Of The Country But You Can't Take The Country Out of the Girl

4. Karen - Urban Aloha

5. Crummy Mummy - Crummy Mummy (who drinks)

6. Winder - Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

7. Amanda - Rock Stock And Barrel

8. Kylie - Schrader Family Stories

9. Jennifer - Une Petite Raison

10. Jeff - Video Surf

Reader Comments (135)

Love this idea and I had a great time reading such different responses to the same question. My vote is for 6, Winder at Kiss kiss, bang, bang.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGemma

I vote for 6. Winder - Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. They're all great, though. :)

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

I vote for Crummy Mummy :)

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterleyla

I'd like to vote for me, but I'm going to have to admit that Lizzie Beth's is best (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang). Unfair advantage, I tells ya! That said, every single one of 'em made me smile.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrooks

Hey, how can I get my story up there, I am still not sure how to send the money??

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKylie

am I DQ'd for not sending it?? Here is the link again but I totally understand if I can't be added;)

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKylie

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKylie

I personally can't pick just one. There are three that are worthy worthy contenders.

1) Brooks: I likes it because there's the level of hardcore "gotta have it" mentality with a dash of the old "fuck you" in there, as well. Music is always some sort of guilty pleasure when it comes to what we like, what others like, what we all dislike, etc. etc. etc.. It's just got some good manic description.

2) Crummy Mummy: Also has some very good descriptive words in the opening paragraph and eventually comes to the conclusion of tabloid magazines. Regardless of how bad they are, they are good at advertising complete celebrity nonsense and they somehow know how to make you care about it. It's an odd thing to experience I think it was pretty well captured.

3) Winder: Just all around a nice development of how your mind changes over the years. Sometimes being young and doing stupid things passes you by too quickly to realize it until you've got a few more years on ya and you realize that having "fun" now consists of things like hanging out with your cat on a Friday night instead of getting shitfaced with all your friends at the trashiest apartment you can find. Just damn good.

I honestly don't care if this vote doesn't count, just more or less saying what I think of the pieces I liked...I think it should be counted as one point to each one mentioned above.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBert

I vote winder!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

yeap Winder :)

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterana_jo

my vote is for winder!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentererin

I vote for N° 6. Winder - Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

My vote is for #6 Winder. Great idea Monica. I couldn't participate this go around, but look forward to joining in if you do this again in September.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternormajean

Argh, for some reason these links are blocked at work, and we haven't gotten internet set up at the apt.! I guess this means I can't even vote this time, bummer...hope I can participate next month. I'm glad this idea is taking off!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergypsyk8

Man I really liked them all....great job guys!

But if I have to pick one I am going to go with....Crummy Mummy!

I can't wait to enter next month.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

Hey Monica,
I screwed up with the deadline with time difference between UK and US, so totally understand if it's too late for entry.
It's my first blog apart from the intro one; didn't realise how nerve-wracking it would be - exposing myself in public!
here's the link anyway.


August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Winder gets my vote

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindi

Brooks - Absence of Sound is my fave, so he def gets my vote.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherO

I vote for Crummy Mummy

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaula


August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeneria


August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

kiss kiss bang far.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCMarie

I Vote for the Fabulous, wonderful, insightful, and all around Bitchin' Gal Jenn!!!!!!!!!

Whoo Hooo. . .YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!

Vote Cast for JEN!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Bug

I vote for Crummy Mummy!! It's the best!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLou

I vote crummy mummy. She's rad.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

I vote Crummy Mummy - she clearly knows what she's talking about.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Crummy Mummy - definitely

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Crummy Mummy makes me laugh!!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebra

Great experiment, I had fun reading them! And chapeau to all 6 writers, who had the guts to participate!
I vote for n.5, CrummyMummy, 'cause I loved her style!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSerena from Italy

Crummy Mummy gets my vote!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSaskia

C'mon Crummy Mummy!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Crummy Mummy's great - definitely gets my vote!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Crummy Mummy is my faviourite she loves trash mags like I do

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjean stevenson

Kylie and Amanda! It's up to you all. If you still want me to put up your links I will. Or we can consider you automatically entered in September's contest and Kylie, we can figure out a different way for you to pay.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheGirlWho

I donated past the deadline, but I hope it's not too late. I don't write, but my daughter Rachel promises to post an entry next month via her blog.

Great entries all, but this month my vote goes to Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

Broooks writes berry good words. More Simon. Go victory.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRan Von Trapsmart

Crummy Mummy - not at all scummy, positively scrummy. Go girl!!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Kylie and Amanda, I entered you. Maybe I'll keep voting up a bit longer to make it fair. And next time I'll make the period I collect links longer. I didn't think to account for time differences etc! Learning as I go! If you already voted and would like to change your vote to Kylie or Amanda after you've read their entries, feel free to do so.

August 25, 2009 | Registered CommenterMonica

I love this idea. I vote for #6 by Winder. It's the most eloquent and well-written of the entries.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Crummy Mummy is by far the best. She gets my vote!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Kylie gets my vote!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjazzylove

I'm serious about the IP address thing people. Someone has already voted three times from the same address. You know who you are, so stop it.

August 25, 2009 | Registered CommenterMonica

#2 - The Absence of Sound

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhockeychic

My vote is for Crummy Mummy;) She's great!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKylie

Crummy Mummy

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHoops

I vote for number 7, Amanda.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDS

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentererose

Winder. Nice read.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjls

I vote for Crummy Mummy.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOther

I vote for Crummy Mummy. she is awesome and makes me laugh, crummy-tastic!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNinja Pixie

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