Joan Didion Taught Us How To Embrace Complication

The lens we use in storytelling impacts the reality of readers, and Didion was committed to getting it right.


Hello good readers of Bitch blogs! Starting this week for the next twelve weeks, I’ll be blogging at Bitch about Indian feminist books and films and I might quite possibly “ruin” India for many of you (it’s a superpower of mine, I’m often told) and I’m hoping in turn you... Read more »

End of Gender: Reading List for the Genderpocalypse

If you’ve learrned anything from zombie flicks, you know that when the end is near, it’s time to prepare.  And it’s probably a good time to catch up on all of that reading you’ve been putting off. Below, you’ll find a reading list to prepare you for the... Read more »

Fertile Ground: Bryant Terry's The Inspired Vegan

Bryant Terry’s The Inspired Vegan is aptly named; it’s truly, well, inspiring. Terry, who dubs himself an “eco-chef,” is more than just a cookbook author, and this is more than just a cookbook. It is a delicious spark of revolution and call to action, and filled with... Read more »

Required Reading: No Laughing Matter

Female characters are not permitted to laugh in books presented at the Tehran International Book Fair, which opened this week. What would Jane Eyre say? Read more »

A Q&A with Comics Artist Jennifer Crut

Bitch magazine readers may recognize Jennifer Cruté’s round-faced, deceptively cute characters from her contribution to the “My Dark Confession” comics feature in the... Read more »

Required Reading: Avert Your Eyes

Some will say that there are technical considerations—the quality of rendering, the beauty of the language, or the composition of the scene make a difference between obscene and not, porn and art. Personally, whether it’s prize-winning literature, a cheesy film, or a fashion spread, my... Read more »

Required Reading: Banned Books and Black Ink

Judy Blume made it to the the top of the American Library Association’s “Most Frequently Challenged Authors” list in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010. Read more »

BiblioBitch: "Virginia Woolf," Abridged and Alluring

Claude Monet called Herman Bang’s wartime Tine “the world’s first Impressionist novel,” floating as it does between characters, events, and chronology.... Read more »

Feministory: Anne Sexton, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet

Anne Sexton was born in Newton, Masachusetts in 1928. Sexton was the youngest of three daughters and quickly earned the title of the wild child. At seventeen, her parents sent her to Rogers Hall Boarding School in Lowell, Massachusetts to try and cure the rebellious side in her. After graduating... Read more »

Fertile Ground: Children's Book Review: The Last Wild Witch

When I found out that Starhawk, famed Earth Activist, spiritual feminist, Witch and permaculturist, had written a children’s book, I bought it before I knew I was ever going to be pregnant. The pictures, done by artist Lindy Kehoe, are beautiful paintings. The story centers on an herbalist (... Read more »


Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »

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 »

Demanding the Impossible: Walidah Imarisha Talks About Science Fiction and Social Change

Before she was a poet, journalist, documentary filmmaker, anti-prison activist, and college instructor, Walidah Imarisha was fascinated... Read more »