Alison Griffin Vingiano

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Hi, nice to meet you! I write for BuzzFeed, make videos for the internet, and perform comedy around NYC.

twitter.com/alivingiano:

    thejoyofmariskahargitay:

MERYL IS THE HEAD PLASTIC 😂😂😂

would watch

    thejoyofmariskahargitay:

    MERYL IS THE HEAD PLASTIC 😂😂😂

    would watch

    (Source: dadded, via buzzfeedent)

    — 5 days ago with 109859 notes

    thoreauup:

    WATCHING PORN
    Written by Kerry McGuire
    Starring: Russ Armstrong and Natasha Rothwell
    Filmed by Jocelyn Roueiheb

    — 1 week ago with 4 notes

    supervillainl:

    Thank you, Jan Hooks.

    (via weaziller77)

    — 1 week ago with 16 notes

    Anonymous asked: do you have any advice for a young person who wants to make writing her day job?


    Answer:

    snpsnpsnp:

    Make writing your day job. Write at your best for as long as you can from morning until later, when it’s time to make a little more money. Waitress, bartend, strip, copy-edit, copywrite, anything you can do later in the day without using much of your brain, that’s what you should probably do for work. As for writing, do it for love over money, but always ask for money anyway; do it for experience before exposure, and not too much exposure at once. Write things that get you paid well and make your writing better and understand that both don’t tend to happen simultaneously. ((I still & will always write for free or like a dollar because I want the experience of doing something weird or challenging or remotely unconventional, or because I want to support a friend’s project, or because I want someone I admire or adore to edit it. I also edit things for friends gratis. I’m also doing this for free. Everything I do for The New Inquiry is entirely uncompensated. And, of course, Adult costs me money, and doesn’t make us anything yet.

    In sum: I do enough free labour to kill a drone. I do it partly because I have to (for myself), partly because I want to (for myself and for others), partly because I can. My ability to not have a regular job with a salary is contingent on my commanding high rates from bigger/richer magazines, doing commercial work or copywriting or consulting or whatever, occasionally taking an hour to write a rich kid’s college application, and using a credit card to fill in the gaps; also, on Jesse having a regular job with a salary and benefits, without which I couldn’t take the pills that keep me this stupidly productive.))

    A life sustained by only the kind of writing you actually, really want to do is a life within reach of >one per cent of all good writers in America. Don’t make a living your dream. Don’t be too precious; be stubborn and sensitive, but also, have a few skins. At first, say yes to everything. Say yes before you start saying no. Take risks, try it all on—voices, styles, structures—before ruling it out. Style is a set of rules, better bent/invented than inherited, better established over time. Don’t copy what is already acclaimed. If you’re stuck, read a diary, not an essay. Read all the time as widely as possible; read everything except gossip; read everything except advice to writers (I mean it—if you’ve already stopped reading this, I’m with you).

    Try to not think about how your writing makes you look. Try also to not look around. There are whole city blocks of well-bred, workmanlike, totally fine writers who’ve never written anything bad and who have, in consequence, chosen to be of very little, mattering mostly to people exactly like themselves, settling for widespread forgettability along with the guarantee of never being embarrassed. Be embarrassed. Be more afraid of doing wrong than being incorrect. Or, be more afraid of causing harm to others than of hurting your own reputation. Do not write about others until you know how to write about yourself, where to probe a limit, and when to stop.

    Say no when you’ve practiced, and when you realize that if you don’t act like you’re too good for the unideal, you never will be (is all advice just memoir in the second person).

    Read more than you write. Go outside just to listen to people. 

    Believe that one email from a teenage girl in Nebraska about something you’ve written is more important than two thousand dollars and a dozen tweets from New York City writers under 30. You can’t (I can’t) live on emails from teenage girls alone, but you can (I do) live for them.

    At the same time, you have to survive, and since survival is at odds with really living, you will sometimes feel like you spend all your time commuting between the two. I don’t know what to say about that. Seek out secret successes, I guess.

    Don’t care what I think.

    Keep going. x

    Jesus Christ, this is all perfect.

    "Try to not think about how your writing makes you look. Try also to not look around. There are whole city blocks of well-bred, workmanlike, totally fine writers who’ve never written anything bad and who have, in consequence, chosen to be of very little, mattering mostly to people exactly like themselves, settling for widespread forgettability along with the guarantee of never being embarrassed. Be embarrassed. Be more afraid of doing wrong than being incorrect. Or, be more afraid of causing harm to others than of hurting your own reputation. Do not write about others until you know how to write about yourself, where to probe a limit, and when to stop.”

    — 1 week ago with 157 notes

    beyonce:

Musée Du Louvre 
See more on www.beyonce.com

This is the greatest picture of our generation. 

    beyonce:

    Musée Du Louvre 

    See more on www.beyonce.com

    This is the greatest picture of our generation. 

    — 1 week ago with 86345 notes

    In 2012 I read the Hairpin obsessively and pitched them often. I only once got a response. They were going to run a piece I did!!!! But then a week later they changed their minds. Ce la vie. That’s how it goes. 

    I haven’t pitched to them since forever (or at least since I started at BuzzFeed over a year ago), but last week my friend Jazmine who now co-edits the Hairpin reached out to me and asked if I’d write about who I thought “had it all” for a series they’re doing. I got to contribute a short paragraph along with some other awesome ladies, and it makes me so happy to finally write for them! I can’t wait to contribute more. It’s a great place and I love all of their writers and editors. 

    So here’s a bunch of ladies on who they look up to when they’re feeling down or distressed. I picked Amy Poehler: http://thehairpin.com/2014/10/one-big-question-who-has-it-all

    — 1 week ago with 5 notes

    cowboymafia:

Steal His Look: Blockin’ Out the Haters/Brandon Bowen
Yves Saint Laurent Green Polo - $899
Gucci Plastic Spoons - $606

    cowboymafia:

    Steal His Look: Blockin’ Out the Haters/Brandon Bowen

    Yves Saint Laurent Green Polo - $899

    Gucci Plastic Spoons - $606

    — 3 weeks ago with 62311 notes

    nbcsnl:

    Bad boys.

    I adore everything Good Neighbor does 

    — 3 weeks ago with 1219 notes

    A few examples of the various ways in which Gaby's cat tried to sleep directly on top of me last night. 

    — 3 weeks ago with 5 notes

    I Am The Guy That Writes Your Name On Your Starbucks Cup →

    hothotphone:


    image

    I am the guy that writes your name in black marker on your Starbucks cup. I probably write around five hundred customers’ names every day. Recently, it has come to my attention that people are not always satisfied with the name I’ve written. In fact, many people say that the names are…
    — 1 month ago with 46346 notes