The (Not So?) Secret History of Wonder Woman

I am into comics. I am fascinated by history. Feminism is my jam. And Jill Lepore is the Michelle Obama of historical narrative nonfiction: the motherfucking best. So when I saw that Jill Lepore was writing a book about the feminist history of the man who wrote Wonder Woman, this was pretty much my reaction: […]

The Lola Quartet; Or, We All Make Mistakes

After the near-spiritual experience that was Station Eleven, I was almost afraid to read another book by Emily St. John Mandel. I didn’t want to be disappointed. Picking up The Lola Quartet felt like heeding a siren song;¬†thrilling and dangerous, but mostly a dubious endeavor. I was worried for nothing. The book is written less […]

What’s Up With Charleston?

After the video of Walter Scott’s murder broke on Tuesday, I asked a friend who had lived in Charleston for a while for her thoughts on what happened. Her answer was so insightful and thorough that I’m going to post the whole thing here. If you have questions or comments, she’s offered to jump in […]

Fuck Da Po-lice! Or, On The Privileges Of Being Arrested While White

John Mulaney does this hilarious bit about a party he went to when he was in high school that got crashed by the cops. Listen to it; it’s funny. In the story, Mulaney goes to a kid’s house for a party, and they all get waaaaaaasssssttttttted. As a result of their rowdiness, the cops were […]

Elizabeth Street; Or, The Perils of Being an Immigrant in America

I haven’t had much time to read lately, which was frustrating because¬†Elizabeth Street¬†captivated me. It’s a fictionalized account of the author’s family history in its last years in Italy and first years in America, and it is good. We are, most of us, familiar with at least the broad outlines of “the immigrant story” of […]