On Helen and I

Question: would the white girl in Dil Chahta Hai qualify as an item girl? Because I just recall feeling kind of sorry for her. She was no Helen.

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 11:59 pm 0

On Wuthering Tarts: Baking with Emily Brontë

I JUST re-read Wuthering Heights for the first time in possibly as many as 20 years, and I have to say that I appreciated much more this time. The first time, I was a teenager, and I just found Heathcliff and Cathy so unspeakably awful that I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. All that maundering about on the moor. This time around, I was struck by the complicated layering of narrative voices, the way everything Cathy and Heathcliff (and the subsequent generation) do is filtered through the eyes and voices of the people around them. It's so complex and rich and strange a story, I know understand how shocked people were that this emerged from the imagination of a small-town pastor's daughter. I absolutely loved it.

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 8:48 pm 0

On "The Teenager Was the Invention of Adolescent Girls": An Interview With Matt Wolf

I wonder if Agatha Runcible from Vile Bodies was in part based on Brenda Dean Paul.

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 1:24 pm 0

On Hate Actually

@deepomega Now you will think, what a sweet, preternaturally wise little boy, not creepy at all.


Posted on December 25, 2013 at 11:19 am 2

On Is Enya Feminist Enough?

MANDERLEY, not Manderly. Du Maurier, not George R. R. Martin.

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 7:40 pm 3

On The Oral History of Female Drummers

I wasn't sure I would like this, but I really did! Thanks for posting.

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 10:36 am 0

On The Frozen, Blinking, Duck-Facing Youth

Here is a working link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iumJn-ChyM&feature=share&list=UUizE-TcPd19XelJJcre2fDw

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 11:55 am 0

On A Found Poem from Nancy Jo Sales' Vanity Fair Piece About Teens

@smartastic And the kids are alright.

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm 0

On A to Z: Unpopular Self-Help Books

Ugh, I had a boyfriend once who had trouble with decibels.

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 2:17 am 0

On Mom, What's Happening to Those Ladies' Faces?

Okay, kind of tangential, but once I helped organize an international conference on aging, and the conference centre simultaneously held a conference on anti-aging. We had African grandmother activists and academics who wanted to discuss Simone de Beauvoir, and sometimes they would get off on the wrong floor, and then when they finally showed up they looked SO CONFUSED.

It was just very funny and odd.

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 2:04 am 1