Exploring Balkan Myths and Realities in “The Tiger’s Wife”

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My understanding of the Soviet Union and its satellite countries began with the nation’s dissolution. The summer I turned seven, I watched on TV athletes from across the globe compete in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. I remember my mother pointing out the Unified Team–the banner under which most former Soviet Republics competed in 1992–as […]

“20 Under 40″ Highlights Great Women Writers

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Each writer featured in 20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker represents a unique strand of what the future holds for American fiction, but as their characters ran through the post-Emancipation American South and stumbled through futuristic Rome, nearly every author examined loneliness. Similar to Freedom’s female protagonist, Patty, many of the women described throughout 20 Under 40 faced anxious isolation in the face of limitless options.

“Hands on the Freedom Plow”: A Love Song to Ella Baker

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Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC provides a much-needed antidote to the male-dominated history of the Civil Rights Movement. It also negates the claim – made by many a historian, citing only Stokely Carmichael’s admittedly priggish comment, “The position of women in SNCC is prone” – that the organization was particularly sexist.

Dear John Tierney: Don’t Blame Biology for Science Gender Gap

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In the past two weeks, John Tierney, The New York Times science columnist, has reminded me why I rarely read John Tierney, The New York Times science columnist. Unfortunately, once I noted the titles of his last two columns–“Daring to Discuss Women and Science” and “Legislation Won’t Close Gender Gap in Sciences”–I knew that I […]

Roman Polanski, the Undetected Rapist?

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Merely two weeks after Roman Polanski issued his first mea culpa to the press since his September 2009 arrest, new allegations against the award-winning director seek to ensure his extradition to the United States.