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 Dykes 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

MIT’s big FAT Chain Reaction

On Black Friday, that darkest day of the year for advanced shoppers like myself, I experienced the antithesis of a Wal-Mart parking lot at midnight: MIT’s 14th annual FAT (Friday After Thanksgiving) Chain… 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

Occupy Wall Street comes to Boston

When you don’t have the money to hire a publicist or a lobbyist and you still want to make yourself heard, you hit the streets—or set up tents and occupy a symbolic place… Continue reading

Interrogating the Interrogator: a conversation with Glenn Carle

Is it ever acceptable for our government to torture (“enhanced interrogation technique” is the Orwellian neo-con term) or jail someone indefinitely without due process? What if you or someone close to you were condemned… 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