March 30, 2011
Admitting that I juggle is like admitting that I am a Philip K. Dick fan.
These are nerd secrets I rarely speak about; the kind of aesthetically questionable activities that might associate me with renaissance fairs or science fiction conventions, not serious literary fiction or investigative reporting. But I can’t hide it anymore. (more…)
March 29, 2011
One of my best friends, Rebecca Barry, wrote a book called Later at the Bar
which takes place in the same landscape as So Much Pretty
Rebecca and I were neighbors for the last few years I lived upstate and we went on long walks together, got our food at the same CSA, went to friends weddings wearing complimentary outfits and danced together to old time music in the only bar in town. (more…)
March 29, 2011
This is why:
Today’s New York Times
continued the coverage of a case involving an 11-year old child who was repeatedly gang raped and filmed being gang raped by a group of men in the small town of Cleveland, Texas, while no one did anything to stop it for a period of several months. (more…)
March 28, 2011
One of the questions I get asked quite often is ‘Why do you always fold little pieces of paper into the shapes of animals?’ But I think the subtext of the question is ‘Have you always had OCD?’ So I think I’ll take some time to explain this habit. (more…)
March 26, 2011
I’ve been reluctant to write about Louis Ferdinand Celine as one of my favorite writers for all the obvious reasons. Celine has a well deserved reputation as an anti-Semite for tracts that he published after the book that is in my opinion the best anti-war novel ever written, Journey to the End of the Night. I make no excuses for (more…)
March 24, 2011
David Wojnarowicz writes about the many different layers of rage and grief that are born from repressive American social structures and the joy in transcending them by experiencing beauty, pleasure and a kind of sacred profane.
In Close to the Knives Wojnarowicz follows individual and intimate acts of ignorance and cruelty back to (more…)
March 21, 2011
During Women’s History Month we celebrate the accomplishments of those who have struggled for equality, but it’s also important to remember the role misogyny plays on a global level. Women’s History Month needs to be thirty days of action not thirty days of commemoration. I can think of no better author to illustrate the corrosive power of misogyny and also the deep solidarity and love many men have for women than Gerard Donovan, who’s 2004 Debut Novel Schopenhauer's Telescope, is easily one of my favorite books of all time. Click on the picture to read the whole post on Powells.
March 21, 2011
All week long I will be blogging at Powells Books. Today's essay is about A Girl Among the Anarchists, a lost classic written by 14 and 16 year old sisters who published an anarchist newspaper called The Torch and planned to overthrow the government. Seriously. You can click on the picture to read more.
March 21, 2011
Last week's party for the launch of So Much Pretty at The Monday Room was a lot of fun. Especially because I got to hang out with all the people I love and respect.
with my editor Sarah Knight at the book launch party
March 19, 2011
"No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.” - Margaret Sanger
March 17, 2011
Kim Barker began covering South Asia shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, traveling to Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. Barker spent two years on a project called “Struggle for the Soul of Islam," which sent her to Iran, Pakistan and Indonesia. From 2004 to 2009, she was the South Asia bureau chief for the (more…)
March 16, 2011
The following piece is from a talk I gave yesterday at the Lower East Side Girls Club.
Recent reporting in The New York Times about the brutally violent sexual assault of an eleven-year old child brings many issues to light. And while some have cried bias, charging that the Times has “blamed the victim” in their coverage, there is a much bigger issue at work. (more…)
March 16, 2011
Last night I gave my first reading from So Much Pretty at one of my favorite places in New York, The Lower East Side Girl's Club.
I was so poud of my writing group girls and guys who showed up and took the discussion about Women's rights to a (more…)
March 14, 2011
So Much Pretty is officially out!
Thank you E.
I couldn't have written a word without you.
March 12, 2011
Hannah Pittard’s ingenious The Fates Will Find Their Way is a beautifully written story about the relentlessly solipsistic and obsessive power of male fantasy even when faced with very sad and personal realities.
Missing Nora Lindell will never be found. And her story becomes instead fodder for obsessive speculation by (more…)
March 10, 2011
Dana Spiotta’s Eat the Document is one of my favorite novels. It deals specifically with the fallout of a radical, idealistic act gone wrong, and the lives people must live in the aftermath of their decisions.
Mary and Bobby, star crossed fugitives living separate lives underground, grow older with (more…)
March 8, 2011
Taylor Stevens’ The Informationist
is an unprecedented work in the action thriller genre.
The novel’s protagonist Vanessa Michael Munroe, whose height and androgynous beauty makes it possible for her to pass as a man when necessary is the kind of hero we’ve not seen before. Possibly ever.
While Munroe has (more…)
March 6, 2011
Daisy Whitney’s debut young adult novel The Mockingbirds is nothing short of brilliant. A fast paced, down to earth and deeply moving story of a young woman who is date raped by another student at her private school, the novel is groundbreaking for the YA genre.
I was lucky enough to (more…)
March 5, 2011
"Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior; she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority."
- Simone DeBeauvoir
From our friends at the existential primer:
Simone de Beauvoir was one of the most important cultural historians of the twentieth century. She was also (more…)
March 3, 2011
Lucy Parsons is another woman to remember and celebrate during women's history month. A life long radical, you can read more by clicking on her photo and visiting The Lucy Parsons Project
This is what the good old wikipedia has to say aboout her:
Described by the Chicago Police Department as more dangerous than a thousand rioters" in the 1920s, Parsons " (more…)
March 2, 2011
“DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL” ARGUMENTS ARE STILL SPEAKING
by Sarah Cypher
My partner—or wife, as I say stubbornly—is a decorated member of the U. S. Coast Guard and has played a leadership role in some of its largest rescue missions in recent history, including one that was given reams of print coverage. I’d love to tell you more, but (more…)
March 1, 2011
Feminist and Environmental activist Judi Bari died March 2, 1997 after a lifetime of direct action.
From an obituary by Bill Wienberg:
In the early hours of March 2, Judi Bari, a warrior who had come through many battles, died peacefully at her home in Northern California's Mendo-cino County, of breast cancer. Bari was the most visible leader of Earth First!'s struggle to (more…)