I wrote about Josh Lambert’s book, “Unclean Lips” for Lilith Magazine (it’s about Jews and Obscenity) and interviewed him at the Lilith blog.
My thoughts about Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen can be found in the Sisterhood and (quoted) in the LA Times.
More bylines soon, I hope, as I rev myself up for the next cycle of creativity.
A few of my personal faves from 2013. Stay tuned for my year in reading.
- My short story, “Ironing,” was a winner of the 2013 Lilith Fiction Contest. Read it here.
- I also had a flash fiction piece at S-Tick, a new feminist e-zine, that I really love and is a bit of a departure for me. It begins: ”Sherry ought to have been having a good time at Jessica’s pool party, sashaying around in her caftan and oversized shades, but the dead girl at the bottom of the jacuzzi made it hard.”
Happy new year! Here’s to 2014.
"I don’t know exactly how to get the message through: contraception is not a Benz, but a basic need. I think that somehow my opponents believe that a fancy car is supposed to help men get a woman to go to bed with them, and the pill serves the same purpose for a woman. My depo-provera brings all the boys to the yard, or something. This is absurd"
— Birth Control is Not a Cadillac – The Sisterhood – Forward.com
"We are ebullient types, me and Bridge — we color outside the lines, blurt things out, knock vases over, and remain superficially convinced that if we just tried harder, we could transcend all that, and become like those coiffed and manicured mommies, the ones who never have a hair out of place."
— Vol. 1 Brooklyn | The Reading Life: List-Making with Bridget
"I have long also secretly patted myself on the back for my intermittent indifference to beauty culture, chalking it up not just to laziness and boredom, but also to feminist resistance. And that’s because even if on the surface I feel guilty about not conforming to standards, deep down I genuinely believe that untamed hair, extra weight here and there, and skin, free of goopy makeup are completely fine — great, even, made greater by their insistent naturalness in a coiffed and plucked world. Fashion and beauty labels literally profit off of female insecurity. To refuse to participate may be a personal choice, but it’s a bold one."
— The ‘Meh’ Generation – The Sisterhood – Forward.com
"EARLY ON in the recent romantic comedy Austenland, a sad single woman named Jane, played by Keri Russell, reveals the depths of her shame to a tsk-tsking married friend: the Austen Room. Inside this shrine she stores teacups, portraits of film actors in cravats, and various frilly tributes to the Regency world of Jane Austen’s novels. Sadly, these items are not complemented by similar trinkets vouching for Austen’s literary talent: no “irony rules!” stickers, no “Austen’s prose is perfect” needlepoints. In fact, there’s very little in the film that alludes to Austen’s writing at all."
The Foibles of Fandom: “Austenland” and “Among the Janeites”
Thanks to Audrey Bilger for the great edits on this piece in the LA Review of Books!