Kicking off Women's History Month with Emma

February 28, 2011

Tags: Emma Goldman, anarchism, women's rights, gender, equality, politics

Emma Goldman (1869–1940) stands as a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. An influential and well-known anarchist of her day, Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women's equality and independence, and union (more…)

It's about Truth Telling; an Interview with Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

February 27, 2011

Tags: Reiko Rizzuto, hiroshima in the morning, parenting. politics, september 11

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto writes the kind of quiet, incisive, deeply personal prose that transforms readers into fellow travelers. Nowhere is this more apparent than in her new critically acclaimed memoir Hiroshima in the Morning, published last September by The Feminist Press.

Rizzuto’s work is at once emotionally evocative and (more…)

Going to Where the Silences Are; an Interview with Jennifer Block

February 25, 2011

Tags: Jennifer Block, gender, childbirth, choice, abortion, planned parenthood

The U.S. House of Representatives voted recently to withhold all federal funding from Planned Parenthood for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other urgent care the organization provides for women. This month alone has seen an incredible backlash against women in this country; the attempt in congress to redefine (more…)

Our Stories, Ourselves; an Interview with Alexis Santi

February 24, 2011

Tags: Alexis Santi, literature, Vida study, gender, diversity, media

The recently released Vida report, tallying the disparity between men and women being published today is a sobering reminder of how much work we have ahead of us.

Today I had a chat with Alexis Santi, founder of Our Stories Literary Journal on the subject. Santi earned his MFA from George Mason (more…)

Ace of Spades

February 23, 2011

Tags: David Matthews, race, class, literature, writing

David Mathews’ memoir Ace of Spades is the story of the author’s bleak childhood and adolescence in inner city Baltimore. A confessional, coming of age story that employs poetic language and sardonic wit to restrain and redirect the rage comprising the heart of the book.

Though published in 2007, Ace of Spades feels very much the work of another era stylistically. It also feels like the work of another era because the plot centers around Mathews, a mixed race kid, passing as white. (more…)

Freedom and the English Language

February 21, 2011

Tags: George Orwell, language, politics, gender, violence, bobby franklin, abortion bill, chris smith

Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin has proposed a bill that would take the word “victim” out of cases involving rape, stalking, domestic violence and obscene telephone contact with a child, and replace it with the word “accuser.”

Franklin’s bill comes on the heels of an attempt to redefine the word rape itself in (more…)

The Second Assault on Lara Logan

February 16, 2011

Tags: Lara Logan, Nir Rosen, violence, gender

The brutal sexual assault of CBS news chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan, while she was covering a celebration following the revolution in Egypt, has not provided us with some shocking revelation. Sexual violence and violence against women, particularly in the workplace or at home are common occurrences, not just in the Arab world but worldwide. (more…)

Resurrecting a Literature of Revolution, an Interview with Derrick Jensen

February 14, 2011

Tags: Derrick Jensen, literature, environment, writing, ethics, politics

Derrick Jensen has produced some of the most culturally significant writing about the environment (and about the psychological environment we live in as a result of the dominant philosophy of corporations) of the past decade. His work is filled with a love and rage and hope that few of us could sustain for a week let alone a lifetime of prolific writing. (more…)

DAY OF HONEY an Interview with Annia Ciezadlo

February 7, 2011

Tags: Annia Ciezadlo, literature, gender, war, food

I first met Annia Ciezadlo in the 90s when we were working for a small newspaper in western New York. She was an overwhelmingly articulate young woman; a brilliant, deeply funny, dumpster-diving DIYer who taught me how to can peppers and make jam, (more…)

Why We Read, an Interview with Philipp Meyer

February 1, 2011

Tags: Philipp Meyer, literature, family, gender, postmodernism, work, writing

When I first read Philipp Meyer’s American Rust I was struck by the poetry of it and exhilarated by the issues the author brought to light. It was the first novel I’d read by a contemporary that excited my sensibilities for language as well as meaning. It’s a courageous and deeply sensitive piece of fiction and to me it heralded (more…)