Mr. B

Mr. B

I apologize for any past and future mansplaining.

On Classic Poems, Updated For the Internet Age

Pinners still have thumbs??

Enjoy them while they last, ladies :)

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm 0

On Remembering the Early Days of Jezebel with Anna Holmes

@Jinxie Hey, don't talk about the love of my life that way! Lots of ladies go through a jezzie phase.

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm 0

On Remembering the Early Days of Jezebel with Anna Holmes

So I introduced my girlfriend to The Hairpin and she became a regular reader, but she has since independently discovered J*Z*B*L and migrated over there. I'm not sure what to think.

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm 0

On When a Man Writes a Woman

1. When I read Mating, I found myself becoming extremely attracted to Karen (the narrator -- you find out her name when she makes a cameo in Mortals). So I find hyper-intelligent women with unbelievably large vocabularies sexy, apparently.

2. It's really super unfair and reductive, though, to make Emma Bovary and Daisy Buchanan (and Anna Karenina, by proxy?) into "manic pixie dream girl" tropes. (That term is AWFUL and has got to go, by the way. Or maybe peeved male readers can come up with a catchphrase to describe fantasy male characters which are JUST AS COMMON, but I doubt that will happen.)

3. The issue (if it is an issue) really goes both ways with respect to women writing men, I think. There are some wonderful female-created male characters, of course -- Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell and P.D. James's The Children of Men spring to mind -- but for the most part writers write heroes and heroines of their own gender. I love it when either men or women cross gender lines successfully.

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm 0

On How to Boil Eggs


Posted on October 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm 0

On Read These and Suicide's Note: An Annual

I'm just fascinated that following Poetry Mag on Facebook has led me back here.

Also, is Frederick Seidel ever going to be a featured poet? Because I can imagine the 'Pin comments on him would be pretty awesome.

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 11:23 am 0