Backtalk: Junot Diaz & MeToo

Can Diaz redeem himself?

A little appreciation for Pamela, please

Thanks to Jennifer Pozner for defending Pam's choice of reading material.  If we're lucky, Ms. Anderson will propel Unmarketable into the best-seller world the same way Posh Spice did for Skinny Bitch.    Read more »

Thinking lots about lots of things

Thinking so much about so many things that I don't really have anything to say just yet. But one of the things I've been thinking a lot about is knowing when to stop talking and listen. In that spirit, and because it has a lot to do with the thinking, Jessica Hoffman's open letter to white... Read more »

Divertissements for performing bears

The title of this post is the song title of another provocatively-titled entity (or problematically-titled entity, depending on whom you ask), 3 Leg Torso, a band I saw perform tonight. I've never been good at describing genres, but I'll call it a mashup of Klezmer/Chamber/Gypsy/Circus/Carnival/(... Read more »

Fraking good news

I've got two weeks to rethink my babyproofing strategy of relegating the TV to the closet, because the new season of Battlestar Galactica starts up on April 4. Even if, like me, you aren't much of a sci-fi fan, BSG is worth watching for its complex storylines, shades-of-gray take on morality, and... Read more »

Hard Times: At the <em>New York Times Book Review</em>, all the misogyny is fit to print

The New York Times Book Review has never exactly embraced passionate advocacy—unless it was promoting Pynchon's and DeLillo's place in the postmodernist canon. Even worse, it has become the place where serious feminist books come to die— or more accurately, to be dismissed with the flick of a well-... Read more »

Depressing News...

I awoke this morning to the news that the music magazine, No Depression, will cease publishing after its May/June issue. Citing many of the same reasons that other indie publications have closed their doors (check out the  story in Lost/Found issue of Bitch: Paper Cuts: Saying RIP to some of the... Read more »

What I'm reading right now

Susan Faludi's The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America. I'm only on page 97, but so far am (unsurprisingly, given her track record) blown away by her brilliance. Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. A voice of sanity among the nutritional madness of processed... Read more »

Karaoke for shy people

Sometimes I find it difficult to keep up with my reading pile, especially now that I've inherited a coffee table so enormous it almost begs for piles and piles of magazines, books, and zines to be stacked atop it. But I set aside some time this weekend to catch up. A few things I enjoyed. Maybe... Read more »

An "arrghhh!" end to a "gaaaah!" week

Wow, was this a bad week to be in the midst of production on the new issue of Bitch. As we all know, it was Super Super Tuesday, which will now be remembered as the birth of the Crying Jag Heard 'Round the World, and it was impossible to keep up with the avalanche of press necessitated by what was... Read more »

Abortion: the "shmashmortion" of 2008?

In a tiny bit of synergy, I read this excellent piece by Katha Pollitt only an hour after sitting at my ob-gyn's office next to a pregnant teen gabbing on a hot-pink cellphone. In other news, all the abortion discussion that was nowhere to be found in 2007's trifecta of unplanned-pregnancy films... Read more »

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Hot Under the Bonnet: The cooptation of Amish culture in mass-market fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »

Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

Know & Tell: The literary renaissance of trans women writers

For so long, the people who wrote about us were not us. Finally, that is beginning to change. Read more »

Mock & Awe: Janet Mock on truth-telling, community building, and writing the story she had been waiting for her whole life.

Mainstream media does a pretty horrendous job of telling the stories of trans people, often focusing on the details of their transition and...

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