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Tell All: Will a nose ring make me cool?

Dear Tell All: My friend and I made a pact to get nose rings, but now I'm having second thoughts. Part of what's bothering me is I'm not really sure why I want one. I guess I want to make a statement, or maybe show people that I'm edgier than they think. I work in a school and I worry that people might think wearing a nose ring is unprofessional. But if I can't wear it to work, then what's the point? What do you think I should do? >More
 Tell All: Haute Badger fashion

Dear Tell All: I'm shocked by how badly UW-Madison students dress for class. Most of them look like they put on any old thing that happened to be sitting on the laundry pile next to their beds. It's like they're dressed for cleaning the house, not attending a university. They seem perfectly happy to look tacky, and it makes you understand why people in cultural centers like New York or Los Angeles sneer at us here in the Midwest. >More
 Tell All: Sarah Palin, role model

Dear Tell All: While I don't agree with her politics, I've been mystified by Sarah Palin ever since she hit the national spotlight last summer. She obviously has a knack for climbing the career ladder. And similar to her frustrations with being governor, I'm tired of my job and don't feel like I'm achieving my professional goals. Should I follow her lead and just quit, hoping to be more effective through other means? Is this the latest trend in career building? >More
 Tell All: Is Lorrie Moore's A Gate at the Stairs really set in Madison?

Dear Tell All: Isthmus just wrote about the new novel by UW-Madison professor Lorrie Moore, A Gate at the Stairs. In the interview, Moore scoffs at any attempt to connect the novel's college-town setting to Madison. But the parallels between "Troy" and our own college town seem pretty striking. Do you think it's basically Madison, or am I just stupid for wondering, as Moore implies? >More
 Tell All: A date with the dudes

Dear Tell All: One of my coworkers invited me to a Man Cave party. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but on some primal level, I'm sure I don't want to go there. How do I get out of it? >More
 Tell All: Bad advice

Dear Tell All: I find the Wisconsin State Journal's advice columns boring, but I keep reading them anyway, maybe just because they're there. I'm curious about your take on them. >More
 Tell All: Indecent burial

Dear Tell All: When our dog, Boots, died a few years ago, I wanted to do something special for my 10-year-old son, who was absolutely devastated. So I told him I would have the dog cremated and he could keep the ashes. Then I was shocked when I found out how much it would cost! As a single mother, there was no way I could afford it, but I had already promised my son. So I panicked. >More
 Tell All: Lolita in a cubicle

Dear Tell All: My dilemma is that working, as I do, in a cubicle in an office in a building that is filled with what I call the young nubiles and considering I am well beyond the age of nubile attraction, it hurts me that there is one that has captivated me beyond the reasonable level of wanting to look down her low-buttoned shirt as often as possible and has burdened, nay, forced me to become acquainted with... >More
 Tell All: I love my therapist

Dear Tell All: I don't know how it happened, but I'm totally crushed out on my therapist. I've always really liked and respected her, but have recently found myself very physically and emotionally attracted to her. I feel totally blindsided, especially given that I have never actually fallen for a woman before. >More
 Tell All: I love my therapist

Dear Tell All: I don't know how it happened, but I'm totally crushed out on my therapist. I've always really liked and respected her, but have recently found myself very physically and emotionally attracted to her. I feel totally blindsided, especially given that I have never actually fallen for a woman before. >More
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