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On Spin, Measure, Cut: Hobby Lobby and the Tangled Skein of Reproductive Rights

This is just so, so good. Thank you Susan, and thank you Hairpin for publishing it!

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 10:21 pm 0

On Hillary Clinton, Do Not Feel Guilty About Your Pleasures

@Gleemonex I love this too but I also love "Holy goat-horned Shatner!" It is perfect.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm 0

On The Trouble With Reader-Shaming: A Y.A. Book List

@de Pizan I have never managed to get through The Book Thief and I have always felt vaguely guilty about it, like I'm betraying the Adult Readers of YA Books Club or something. So I'm kind of glad to learn I am not the only one who didn't like it.

I hear Code Name Verity is wonderful but very sad. I think I will give it a try anyway.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 10:40 pm 0

On The Trouble With Reader-Shaming: A Y.A. Book List

I have, in several instances, found "adult literature" to be really inferior, generally speaking, to many of the YA books I have read. Of course there are exceptions, but a lot of modern "litrachah" gets really wrapped up in symbolism and language and seems to regard the story as being completely beside the point. In my view, a book must have at its heart a good, compelling story to be worthwhile. Several well-reviewed books I have attempted lately (I am specially thinking of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle) had all the MFA frills and none of the substance to make a properly satisfying read. I'd rather be subjected to the worst thing Daniel Pinkwater ever wrote than slog through another chapter of that sort of horseshit.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm 1

On The Trouble With Reader-Shaming: A Y.A. Book List

@themegnapkin Reading what this Graham person had to say about Eleanor & Park makes me think she should stick with reviewing cleaning products or something. That was a GREAT book.

Speaking of Chabon, have you read Summerland? Not as amazing as Kavalier & Clay, but a very worthwhile read (and aimed toward young adults) nonetheless.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 10:26 pm 0

On The Trouble With Reader-Shaming: A Y.A. Book List

@angermonkey YES. Nation is such a great read for anyone of any age! Pratchett's other YA books are pretty good too--I especially enjoyed the Tiffany Aching books set in Discworld.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 10:23 pm 0

On Everyone Wave Goodbye to George Will

@and it's not even my birthday Ha! Perfect--that explains everything.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm 0

On Everyone Wave Goodbye to George Will

Good lord, how is someone that clueless still *breathing*--much less getting his drivel published?

I feel like the MEN WHO CANNOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRIVILEGE AND CRIPPLING SHAME tag could apply to a dismaying number of articles--but hopefully using that tag to ridicule such individuals will result in less of a need for it overall. Thus, mixed feelings!

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 11:43 am 0

On The Cider Report

Jim Behrle I am so glad to see you again!!! I enjoyed your cider trials very much.

I think the Forbidden Fruit being an apple thing is originally a Latin pun: malus is Latin for evil, and malum means apple. But who knows, for Augustine it was a pear.

Anyway, the only way to drink hard cider properly is from the tap, I mean draft cider. That canned shit is terrible. Northern Michigan has a number of fine cideries, should you ever have a chance to visit! My favorite place also serves pickled eggs.

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 11:06 pm 0

On Weekend Roundup

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Oh, no! I am sorry to hear that. Breakup bunker is a shitty place to be lodged in. Take care of yourself and I hope this week brings many more than five good things!

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 10:28 am 0