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Fran Hoepfner

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There is no doubt in my heart “Sunday Candy” was the runaway hit of 2015. It’s ours. We took it. The song of the year belonged to Chicago. It’s tempting, of course, to write about a song that’s a little older, a little more rooted in the history of Chicago and Illinois and the Midwest as a whole. But that’s the wonderful part of “Sunday Candy,” the first single off Donnie Trumpet & The...
It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to no longer opt in to telling lies on the internet, and for that I’m sorry. We have used the internet to tell lies to each other for years. We lie about our names; we lie about our heights; we lie about anything we want to because there are no laws. The wonder of the internet is that is allows us to tell each...

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I joined Tinder for the second time because my roommate and her girlfriend split up. There are a lot of reasons why people join Tinder: they're lonely, they want sex, they want to date outside their social circle, or, hey, maybe they're lonely. Not me, though. I joined (for the second time) because I saw my roommate scrolling through Tinder while we watched television together, and I thought, "wait, me too." When you're not...
Fuck it, I’m biased. I have a cookbook coming out next year. But I cannot hold it in. Cookbooks are the best possible holiday gift around. Just the best. That is because in the year 2015, cookbooks are not just cookbooks. They are not simply hardcover editions that help you get from grocery store to dinner table. That’s what The Internet is for. No, cookbooks, when done right—and many have done it right this year—give you...

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