The Bad Optics of Bad Representation at the Kavanaugh Hearings

When the all-male cohort of Republican Senators on the Judiciary Committee brought in a female prosecutor to question Dr. Christine Blasey Ford last week, they demonstrated their inability to speak to women.

How Can Love Trump Hate? Ask bell hooks.

bell hooks’ “All About Love” speaks to the erosion of the promise of American ideals—already apparent nearly two decades ago—and how a politics of love might reverse it.

Existential Striptease

In the dim light of a strip club, in prose that manages to be both suitably halting and lyrical, Lisa Birnbaum’s latest novel asks seductive questions as it disrobes a memorable character.

Getting to The Good Place

A sitcom centered on moral understanding, let alone one that actually references philosophers like Kant and Kierkegaard, might seem like a buzzkill. But The Good Place is laugh-out-loud funny.

Coming Out, Unusually

Sometimes the deeper struggle in coming out rests with the process of simultaneously discovering and creating one’s sexual identity. It is her willingness to probe this process that makes Lori Horvitz’s memoir The Girls of Usually so refreshing and engaging to read.

A Poetic Takedown of V.S. Naipaul’s Sexism

Writer V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidadian-British novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001, recently earned an ignoble prize for sexism because of his demeaning comments about women writers. Aside from his arrogance, Naipaul was described in his authorized biography as being “violent, unstable, a racist and a misogynist,” according to NPR. So it’s […]

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