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Post-Quarantine, Stylist Lord Landon Michael Is Going to Dress However He Wants

As serendipity would have it, we first crossed paths with Lord Landon Michael in a Man Repeller story. Photographer Jasmine Clarke met and interviewed him outside of the Sisters Uptown bookstore while surveying patrons about their selections and once the story was published, Michael’s friends tagged him on Instagram. After a few taps, we knew we needed...

Low Stakes Hot Take: Coffee Tables Are a Secret Menace Lurking in Your Living Room

While Sable normally writes about beauty (and occasionally kissing) for Man Repeller, in the lead up to “Whatever You Want” week, we asked her if there was anything she was itching to write about beyond brow gels, overnight masks, and eye shadow. It turns out, the thing she wanted to write about most was coffee tables… and why they suck. Home decor...

A Poem to Read and Save: “Field Notes on Intimacy”

It’s “Whatever You Want” week on Man Repeller, and Loré Yessuff, whose MR debut essay was published last month, would like to share a poem with you. Here’s what she said: “Poetry is my first love. It challenges rigid ideas about art and teaches me how to play with language. Naturally, I gravitate towards making poems, but recently I’ve come to enjoy...

Shop With Me in the Comments (and Over Video Call!)

For “Whatever You Want” week, I’d like to hang out inside your closet, if you don’t mind. Consider this fantasy an extension of the comment section underneath this story, where I had the pleasure of assisting MR readers with a litany of shopping inquiries, from the perfect big-boob-friendly red one-piece swimsuit to tapestry loafers you can wear at...

Your Horoscopes Are Here—With a Side of #PersonalNews

The moment you were born, your tiny, sticky, baby body was bathed in the distant light of a particular array of planets. The subtle angles, conjunctions, and trines of these planets shined on your freshly minted face and beamed in through your gooey unformed skull to shape your basic inclinations, your personality, and according to some, your destiny....

Transformations! Life-Changing Revelations! A Not-Boring Book Club! “Whatever You Want” Week Starts Now

“Whatever you want.” It’s one of those phrases that you kind of need to hear out loud, or at least in context, in order to know how to interpret it. If I was an acting coach (thankfully for actors, I am not), I’d assign it to my students as an exercise: “Say it like an impatient waitress with a stubby pencil tucked behind her ear.” “Say it like...

The Quiet Chaos of Working From the Bath

When we chose the theme “Chaos” back in March we had an inkling that the word was in the air, but we did not know how truly on the nose it would turn out to be. Lots of things were thrown into disarray that month, including many of our editorial plans, which is why we’re just now publishing this piece by the March writer’s club winner, Emily Field,...

Katie and John Sturino Have a Really Good “First Date” Story

Katie Sturino is the founder of Megababe and the brains behind The 12ish Style. John Sturino is a law student at Hofstra. I sat down with them to talk about how they met, their relationship advice for others, and Cher Horowitz-style epiphanies.  Harling: All right, easy question first: How did you guys meet? Katie: [Looking at John] What story...

4 Questions About Sustaining Ongoing Allyship, Answered

After marching, setting up recurring donations, and engaging in important conversations on and offline in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, if you are a non-BIPOC reader, you may now be setting longterm plans for your role as an ally. We’re living through a time when the concept of longterm planning has pretty much gone out the window, but there are...

Can You Ever Feel “Ready” for Kids? 400 Readers Weighed In

Two of my best friends are pregnant. It’s thrilling, and joyous, and makes me want to get on the next plane to Australia to gently squeeze their bellies (after a two-week quarantine in a budget hotel room). Their announcements, which both came within a few weeks of each other, also got me thinking: How did my friends, so similar to me in so many ways,...

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