I’m a top writer on Medium who wishes she could have dinner with Bad Bunny and Dolly Parton

A photo of me in front of Stone Henge in Bath, England

Hi! My name is Liv Pasquarelli. I was born and raised in New Jersey by an Italian immigrant father and Irish mother. I moved to Brooklyn in 2012 to study Communication Design at Pratt Institute, graduated in 2016, and continued to live and work in Brooklyn until 2020. Thanks to remote work and freelance writing, I was able to move to the beautiful state of Rhode Island in March 2020.

I write about feminism, eating disorder and addiction recovery, culture, mental health, LGBTQ+ issues and experiences, books, and history.

In 2018, I started a business with someone I had never…


CRYPTOCURRENCY

Let’s break the blockchain of male-dominated tech and finance industries

Don’t believe me? Here is the top result for stock imagery when I search ‘women in cryptocurrency’. Image by Ross and Helen via Canva Pro

I’m out to dinner with friends, and two male friends are talking excitedly about the boom of cryptocurrency. I keep trying to chime in but I keep getting interrupted. The topic is the value and prospect of Dogecoin. After being interrupted for the 100th time, I finally bang my hand on the table to get the attention of my friends.

“Have you been listening to me at all?!”

They had been talking about an internet meme coin for the past twenty minutes without considering the legitimacy of the technology the coin is built on.

I ended that conversation with a…


ANGRY COMMENTS FROM JIM

Verbal abuse is a sign of success for women

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This past week, a story of mine got quite a lot of views. Huzzah! I knew I had reached fortune and fame not by the stats or earnings, but by the men who were leaving angry and invalidating comments on my posts. I’ve seen this on only the top writers on this platform, and I’m honored to now be in this elite club.

You, too, can be hated by men. Here’s how!

It’s not a big accomplishment to be hated by men. You can do that by existing. …


TRUE STORIES

Is getting a high-five for being doable a compliment?

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The best part about being in a happy relationship is that the hell of online dating is finally over. Before I met my girlfriend, I was single for the entirety of my 20s, give or take a few short relationships. Throughout this time, I lived in New York City, a city full of endless possibilities, not all of them good.

Here is a list of all my worst first dates, rated from least horrifying to the absolute worst. Get ready to cringe!

7. Two girls trying to recruit me into a threesome

I have a morbid curiosity. Maybe it’s the writer in me, but it’s gotten me into a few…


HUMOR

‘We know you might not make it back, that’s the point’ say Musk’s critics

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As many of us know, Elon Musk had been making more headlines than ever since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic. He’s been out of control for some time, but the shelter in place has given his Twitter thumbs a bit too much encouragement. Many of us can say the same, but none of us can say that we have the entire world using our personal Twitter as investment advice.

A lot of his recent market-shifting tweets have been about a dog-themed virtual currency, DogeCoin. Much like the Joe Rogan podcast, DogeCoin is blindly followed by a large mob of…


Many of Man Ray’s artworks reflect the crime which may have been committed by his close friend, George Hodel

Image: Man Ray, Lover’s Lips, 1933 / Flickr, CC BY 2.0

In 1947, aspiring actress Elizabeth Short disappeared. Once beautiful and young, her body was found days later, dismembered and mutilated like no other murder in American History. Short’s black hair and dark fashion sense landed her the title “The Black Dahlia,” and decades later, the nickname is still uttered more than her actual name.

Surrealism is an art movement that began after dadaism in the 1920s, spearheaded by artists Salvator Dali, Man Ray, René Magritte, and Max Ernst. Surrealist writing rose to popularity, too, including the work of André Breton, Albert Camus, and Franz Kafka. Kafka’s Metamorphosis is a prime…


They continue to be a refuge wherever I go

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When I first discovered libraries, the concept seemed too good to be true. Finally, there was a place that I could go and browse shelves full of books for hours uninterrupted.

There were comfy chairs, colorful rugs, and the air was cool and quiet. I could read and read and read, and no one would tell me to stop. I could even choose some books to take home with me!

A secret world of wonder and imagination

The library had everything. 10 copies of every Goosebumps book, including the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ ones. They had old books with fraying spines, stamped with the years they were…


TRUE STORY

Trying To Be Lady-Like Can Be Dangerous

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It was November of 2020, nearing the end of a very strange year, and 6 months into a new relationship.

My girlfriend and I had driven to Connecticut to meet my Dad to celebrate his birthday. She travels a lot for work and has a lot of hotel points, so we booked a room that evening.

As we arrived at the hotel, we immediately realized that this was not a regular hotel. When we got to our room, our suspicions were confirmed with a TV playing a loop of exercise tapes, mats, kettlebells, and weights. …


I speak from experience

A thorough list of signs you might have a drinking problem

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If you’re here, you’re likely worried you have a problem with alcohol, in which case, you probably do. You’ve also probably taken the check-box survey from the brochure your doctor or therapist gave you. Those have only 10–12 checkmarks, and I don’t find them all-encompassing. I’ve decided to make a much more comprehensive list of things that may point to you having an issue with alcohol.

Go down the list. If you check off even one one item, you may have a problem with alcohol. If you check off more than one, you also may have a problem with alcohol…


Here’s how to create one that will be judged positively

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On your visit to the Providence Athenaeum, you browse the shelves, reveling in the cool air radiating from the marble floors of this centuries-old library. It’s just you and the librarian as far as you know, and you could hear a pin drop. Between two shelves, you spot a ladder, leading up to a sub-floor above. You wonder if it’s prohibited to climb that ladder… nothing is blocking it off and no signs say to keep out. You decide to climb.

You reach the floor above and look around. The books here are older, thicker, leather-bound volumes sorted on chestnut…

Liv Pasquarelli

Bookworm, LGBTQ+ feminist, and Rhode Islander. In ED and addiction recovery. Weird History writer for Ranker. Founded a blog on indie beauty — theindiemood.com

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