What is fat free balsamic?

fat free balsamic is the personal blog of your friend and writer Charlotte Lieberman (that’s me). The blog is a place where I explore everyday questions that occur to me about the mind, happiness, and the confusing journey of self-acceptance (among other things). My hope is that these topics are poignant and somewhat universal.

Expect to find entertaining, and hopefully emotionally deep (sometimes), narrative non-fiction in which I overshare things from my own life while weaving in relevant themes from literature, philosophy, history, and contemporary culture. Perhaps these posts will give you some insight into how I think through big (or small) life questions.

Why “fat free balsamic”?

I often keep my own self-loathing in check by relying on humor. I don’t make fun of myself to minimize my suffering, but to minimize the power of the negative thoughts themselves.

I wanted to choose a name for my blog that obliquely related to a sad trope about being a woman, but one that could also be funny. I liked the idea of salads and diet salad dressing. As most people know, dieting often (not always) is related to self-loathing.

The name fat free balsamic struck me as a perfect joke to remind myself — and others —that humor can be available even in the most unlikely or insufferable moments.