Rasmenian Detritus

Official Website of Author Rasmenia Massoud


I sat with my friend Ed at the tiny kitchen table in my shitty apartment sipping coffee, watching the spider dangling above us. The table used to sit in a Village Inn, before it became the place where I ate ramen and drank coffee with my downstairs neighbor. “Dude. Squish that thing.” “Aw, we don’t have to do that,” he said, stepping up on a Village Inn chair. “You got [...]

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I keep seeing these articles all over the place. You’ve probably seen them, too. Using various combinations of words and pictures, they all say the same thing: Facebook is making people feel sad. Depressed. Unsatisfied. Unhappy and lonely. The list of negative sentiments goes on and on. My knee-jerk reaction to the headline was, “Okay, this is just more whiny, paranoid bullshit about the evils of the internet.” Then I [...]

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“I suggest to my students that they write under a pseudonym for a week. That allows young men to write as women, and women as men. It allows them a lot of freedom they don’t have ordinarily.” ― Joyce Carol Oates “While I was writing I assumed it would be published under a pseudonym, and that liberated me: what I wrote was exactly what I wanted to read.” ―Nicholson Baker [...]

Categories: The Hack Writer, Whatever


I like to get my nerd on. One of the really cool things about the internet – aside from funny animal .gifs on Buzzfeed – is the bottomless pit of nerdery. This year, I’ve spent countless hours getting lost on various subjects in iTunes U, Open Culture and Coursera. This summer, I enrolled in a writing class on Coursera. It wasn’t on craft, but the basic mechanics of grammar, along [...]

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“Things get bad for all of us, almost continually, and what we do under the constant stress reveals who/what we are.” – Charles Bukowski, What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through the Fire “When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going [...]

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Earlier this year, a French doctor announced that women are better off without bras. Now, I know some women are quite fond of their bras, or feel the need for a bra. Cool. Keep on rockin’ the harness, ladies. However, I read the article and said, “Well, no shit. Bras are stupid.” I have always hated bras. I feel stiff and restrained. Tied down. Strapped. Saddled. Shackled. I scratch and [...]

Categories: La Vie en France, Whatever