Books

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.

Double Rainbow: Finding Autism in Popular Fiction

Of course one doesn’t have to go finding autism in popular fiction—it’s the subject of intense cultural fascination right now, so it’s just there, everywhere. In novels like Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Jodi Picoult... Read more »

Bibliobitch: Do You Have a Literary New Year's Resolution?

One of my 2012 resolutions is to get back in the books game. I’m resolving to read two new(ish) books a month, even if it means cutting down on the number of TV episode recaps I read online. What about you? Do you have any literary resolutions (or suggestions for contemporary books to add to... Read more »

Bibliobitch: Modelland

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be sent to a nonsensical, exclusive modeling school where girls acquire magical powers that allow them to convince people to buy useless products? Me neither. But Tyra Banks has. Read more »

Bibliobitch: Somnambulist Zine Creates One More for the People

Martha Grover has been publishing her zine Somnambulist since 2003. The first collection of this zine, One More for the People came out on Tuesday from... Read more »

Mom & Pop Culture: Gender is NOT a Genre

With gender stereotypes pervading our TVs, movies, toys, clothes, etc., can’t we just have kids’ books without adding more labels? Read more »

Bibliobitch: We're Glad Jeanette Winterson Was Never "Normal"

Jeanette Winterson is probably the most quotable author I have ever read, especially for those of us who live passionately, love obsessively, and believe that art can (and will) change the world. If you ever want a cool... Read more »

Mom & Pop Culture: Comics & Superheroes: Who Will Save Us?

Now, maybe there’s a bigger subtext that I’m missing. I’m coming at this as a mom and a feminist, not necessarily as a comic book reader, so perhaps I don’t understand all the nuances of this world—I’ll own up to that. But when my son is starting to find himself... Read more »

Bitch Radio: Jaclyn Friedman Wants to Help You Find <em>What You Really Really Want</em>

Given all the conflicting messages young women get about their sexuality from all sides—media, church, family, friends, and more—how do we figure out what we want to say “yes” to in the first place? So begins Jaclyn... Read more »

The H-Word: WTF, America.

Every now and again I’m struck immobile by the state of our nation. I had wanted to prepare an article on the risks of sex work, real versus imagined, but I’m thinking what the fuck. Why bother. This country sucks. No one’s listening. I turned on the news this morning and... Read more »

Bibliobitch: "We're fat, we f*ck, it's good, get over it": A Q&A with Hanne Blank

Sometimes the best books about sex simply state the obvious: masturbation feels good, most women require direct clitoral stimulation to orgasm, fat people have and (gasp!) enjoy sex (and with all kinds of partners!). Hanne Blank’s newly released edition of Big, Big Love is a prime example of... Read more »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream

Even as reports on joblessness, economic recovery, and home foreclosures suggest that no one is immune to risk during this recession, the popularity of women’s wellness media has persisted and, indeed, grown stronger.  Read more »