Category Archive: culture

sluts to watch out for

Back in the 1980s, when I was at Barnard, there was a pioneering comic strip we used to read called┬áDykes to Watch Out For. Written and illustrated by Alison Bechdel, the series explored… Continue reading

Dumb and dumber: an American education

The dumbing down of America seemed to hit a new low last week. If wanting your child to get a college degree is a sign of snobbery, like the sanctimonious Mr. Santorum says,… Continue reading

a big pink stink, One Million Moms gone wild: this week in womanhood

OMG. I mean OMM. It’s been a wild week for us womenfolk. One Million Moms, the American Family Association‘s crankier half, wants us to stop buying our mom jeans at JCP. Why? Well,… Continue reading

Blue Bras and Personhood Laws

Have you seen the video of Egypt’s “Blue Bra Girl”? . Brutalized on the street by Egyptian soldiers on December 17th, her abaya pulled over her head and her torso and blue bra… Continue reading

Christian Marclay’s The Clock

Do not squander time. It is the stuff life is made of. –The Clock, 3:38 PM Why, my son asked me recently, does time fly when you’re playing a really cool video game,… Continue reading

on working in America

Is making a living starting to kill you? What do you think about your work life? Is it still working for you? I keep wanting to blog about work, but work keeps getting… Continue reading

Shitaly

As the country whose people somehow still manage to keep doing business creating wonderful things (and looking fabulous) in spite of all that’s thrown at them, I’ve called Italy “Shitaly” lovingly for years—much… Continue reading

September 11th

September 11th, 2001 changed the trajectory of history and of life on this planet. Among other things, think about how much your personal freedoms have been curtailed the next time you get your… Continue reading

Beats, Rhymes & Life: the Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Can I kick it? Yes you can! Great rappers are great writers. They pull you into their reality and make you think while you’re dancing. Back in the day—like waaaay back in the… Continue reading

Hello, I must be going

The Marx Brothers, vaudevillian German-Jews from the now extinct Upper East Side neighborhood of Yorkville, had such difficult childhoods that they would have benefited from years of intensive therapy. But would they have… Continue reading