Catherine Baab Muguira

Catherine Baab Muguira

World's foremost expert on Dawson's Creek.

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Creeping Conservative Brain Syndrome

In which I interview my Dad.

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How Tim Heidecker Beat Nate Silver to Predict Donald Trump

On November 9, millions of people woke up to a nightmare. But Tim Heidecker, who writes and stars in Adult Swim’s Decker, found himself in an eerily, uncannily prescient position.

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New York Magazine

I Spent $11,537 Becoming a Blonde

When I realized my hair was turning orange under the white dye goo, I finally hit send on the text I was hoping to avoid: “EMERGENCY. I’m getting something really stupid done to my hair.”

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Millennials are obsessed with side hustles because they're all we've ...

What happens when a generation raised with a “you can be whatever you want to be” ethos meets the worst job market in years?

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My husband and I have nothing in common

Yesterday, my husband and I had the dumbest fight in the history of our relationship. Were the takeout Belgian waffles I’d brought home for breakfast too small, or just the right size?

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Forget SNL: ‘Decker’ is the Best Satire of the Trump Era

This low-budget stoner-y Adult Swim show is a masterpiece, a great work of art.

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Do you have to move to New York City to make it as a writer? I asked my literary idols to find out

A few weeks ago, I was visiting New York City, standing in the top floor of The Whitney, staring at the museum’s giant burning candle of Julian Schnabel, when God spoke to me.

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Fast Company

The Stupidly Simple Productivity Hack Hiding In Microsoft Word | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

I wrote this article in Focus mode, like everything else I write.

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“Westworld” is woke

What at first seemed like just another premium cable prestige drama tricked out with the usual violence and toplessness has turned out to be an eerily accurate depiction of our own world.

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Moving to a new country won't solve your problems–but you should do it anyway — Quartz

I moved to New Zealand from the US in the usual, time-honored fashion. First, I got rejected from every graduate school I’d applied to. Then I pulled out a calendar and contemplated spending another year in my soul-killing, $10-an-hour receptionist job. Then I started crying.

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The most underrated workplace benefit? The low-key office hang ...

I was overjoyed when, several years ago, my colleague Scott instant-messaged me from across our open-plan office. “I just got asked if I have a best friend at work,” he’d written, “and I said yes because IT’S YOU.”

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In praise of short engagements and cheap, modest weddings ...

I met my husband at a TGI Friday’s. You might not think that novelty license plates and mozzarella cheese sticks are the stuff romantic dreams are made of. But within a few days, I was wearing an engagement ring.

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Okay, I Admit It: I'm Jealous of Your Career Success

Even as I typed his name into Google, I knew I was making a terrible mistake.

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New York Magazine

How I Tried to Buy a Better Life With $400 in Subscription Boxes

Some people can do self-improvement without self-loathing or recrimination, without descending into the kind of zealous frenzy that prompts strangers to ask, “Is there someone I can call?” I am not one of them.

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Don’t Do What You Love for a Career—Do What Makes You Money

The white-haired old guy who inspired me to rush home and write out a five-figure check was not an investment advisor or a lifestyle-design guru. I never even learned his name. We only met because I happened to be sitting in the café car of a Washington DC-bound Amtrak when he got on board. And started drinking.