Table of Contents
Sunday Comic: Brushes with DeathAn encounter with a five-pound burrito and other close calls.
Happy EndingsBooks about coming out on top.
Sunday Comic: The DifferenceI felt defeated. Then I focused on my strengths.
Sunday Comic: The Best Song Ever #12The beat goes on.
September 4, 2013September waits for no one.
September 11, 2013Everything's changing, our diarists included.
September 18, 2013Is the first week of school fun for anyone?
September 25, 2013Life feels weird.
Winner's CircleAllegra made these watercolor portraits of objects that signify achievement, success, prestige, and recognition of hard work, and now we get to look at them.
My Place in the SunSandy's dispatch from Nosara, Costa Rica.
Last HurrahThinking of the things we'll miss.
Spin CityFun on wheels.
Already HomeA back-to-school Polaroid diary.
Closing CeremonyAll our Victory-related background photos from this month.
County FairSpooky things happen after-hours at the carnival.
Summer of CoolMemorial Day hijinks with Aunt Deb and Uncle Mitch.
How to Host a Trivia NightWhere all those useless facts you've been collecting can finally come in handy.
DIY Victory PennantShow your spirit, school or otherwise.
AnnagramsA DIY for the best game ever!
As Luck Would Have ItSometimes a pair of magical underwear really gets you through the day.
High 5: Mae WhitmanWhat's been keeping the actor happy at home in Los Angeles.
The Higher GroundLearning to control your power over others.
Choose MeThe election that mattered too much.
When You Feel Like a LoserDon't beat yourself up—try one of these tricks instead.
The Art of HappinessWhy do we think being miserable is the only way to produce great work?
Treat Yo SelfReward your awesomeness every single day.
Stolen DreamsWhat do you do when your biggest wish in life is snatched away?
Go Your Own WayConfessions of a lone wolf.
Power FailuresGetting through life one disaster at a time.
Last WordsWhy I quit doing poetry slams.
You Made It WeirdHow to deal with life’s more uncomfortable social interactions.
“Intimidating” Is Not a ComplimentWe're not scary!
Help Your Self-HelpNon-practical advice to help you confirm your greatness.
The Gray Cloud of SuccessI have nothing to fear but happiness itself.
The Thrill of VictoryTV shows and movies that bring out your competitive edge.
Nedelle Torrisi: Advice From ParadiseWe stream her new album and chat about breakups, being alone in a new city, and finding her inner Miss Lonelyhearts.
Friday Playlist: On Top of the WorldMusic to get up and go by.
No Bra: Don’t Rip My Ozzy ShirtA new track and stellar advice about shaking things up from Susanne Oberbeck of No Bra.
Friday Playlist: Bright Lights for Dark DaysSongs to help you get through tough times.
This Is My Thing: An Interview With Kathleen HannaOn music, politics, working under an alias, and why cabaret is the most punk-rock thing out there right now.
U.S. Girls: 28 DaysA conversation with Meg Remy, and the premiere of a video celebrating periods!
Soundtrack for the Victory LapYou're #1.
Friday Playlist: Hanging Out With Torrance ShipmanBring it on.
Sunday Video: Frankie RoseA performance of the new song "Into Blue."
Jyoti: Optimus PrimeWe premiere Georgia Anne Muldrow's latest song and talk to her about her influences.
Kelela: Keep It CoolWe premiere the pop innovator's latest song, and talk to her about making the choice to follow her passion.
Friday Playlist: Loser's CrewA consolation prize.
Theme Song: Ava LunaA Bikini Kill–channeling version of Icona Pop's "I Love It."
Goodbye Googly EyesI haven't been single in more than a decade.
The Dating GameThe only rule is that you have to be yourself.
Love Conquers AllCelebrating marriage-equality victories.
Your Body, Your SelfBuying condoms is totally a political statement.
Literally the Best Thing Ever: The SimsWhat it reveals about you might not be pretty.
Damn Girl Ya Look GoodBacne, butchness, and BS beauty ideals.
Just WonderingNo question's too big or too small for us to have STRONG OPINIONS about.
Sunday Video: Rashida Jones (Is a Goddess)“You’re the person who’s great enough to give that love,” and more FANTASTIC advice, live from Rookiefest 2013.
Ask a Grown Woman: Tig Notaro"You're great. We're all great." Plus more words to live by from one of our favorite comedians/writers/geniuses.
In the StacksA reader's photo diary of the two months she spent living in a bookstore in Paris.
Friend CrushSeptember 2013: Jillian and Remi
Editor's LetterSeptember 2013: Victory
Why Can't I Be You: Majka BurhardtHow do you become a professional rock climber?
Saturday Links: Mystery Web EditionDo you know what this thing is? ’Cause scientists don't.
Saturday Links: Life on Mars EditionHumans are packing their bags for the Red Planet, and other mind-blowers.
Exercise for Non-JocksJust ’cause you hate pep rallies doesn't mean you can't do something good for you.
Test StressIn a couple years, you won't even remember your standardized-test scores, I promise.
Saturday Links: Dog Party EditionKaraoke has never looked so cute. Plus: What the artist Louise Bourgeois really thought about clothes, the Turkish version of The O.C., and every single episode of South Park ever.
Saturday Links: Stevie and Christine's Reunion EditionIt is a miracle, and we are crying. Plus: a few reasons to give Kanye a chance, possibly the best fashion show ever, and some BIEBER.