Autism, Apologies, and My, How Times Have Changed

I’m behind on all my podcasts, and just this weekend I listened to The West Wing Weekly’s discussion of The Stackhouse Filibuster (Season 2, Episode 17). It was a live show, Bradley Whitford was the guest, and it was so hilarious I was screaming with laughter. Brad reprises his pratfall in that episode (“I wore the […]

I Was Sexually Harassed At Work And I Regret Reporting It

In 2007, I got my very first grown up job out of college, doing administrative work for a national physicians’ membership association. (Think American Medical Association, except it wasn’t the AMA.) Like any job, it had its mix of bullshit and interesting projects. Mostly I liked it, and in particular I really loved and respected […]

When She Woke

When She Woke

In When She Woke, an antibiotic-resistant STD that gives men no symptoms but leaves women infertile and a nuclear terrorist attack on Los Angeles in near-future America have unleashed a social response so conservative that the United States has become a theocratic caricature of itself. Steep economic decline coupled with isolated technological advances and near-martial […]

The Female of The Species

The Female of The Species

I picked up Mindy McGinnis’ The Female of The Species because of its blurb on Amazon: Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a relentless and riveting contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives. A stunning, unforgettable page-turner. Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. Three […]

Attachments; Or: It Me

Attachments; Or: It Me

Attachments is the debut novel that kicked off a cult following for author Rainbow Rowell. It’s pretty simple love story with a very rom-commy meet-cute, but Rowell’s sarcastic humor and genuine human insight keep it miles away from the saccharine Nicholas Sparks bullshit it gets shelved with. Aside from Rowell’s writing talent, two things about this […]