Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You

Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You is an excavation of a family’s secrets. The concept underpinning the narrative – that each member of the family operates under a series of misunderstandings of each other’s intentions and the meaning of their life’s events that individually and collectively serve as the catalyst for further hurt and confusion […]

Latino USA: The Best Podcast You’re Not Listening To

The best part about reading is that it allows you to experience whole new worlds and lives though the pages. I subscribe to story-telling podcasts like This American Life, Story Corps, RadioLab, Snap Judgment, Criminal, Invisibilia, and even Planet Money, because they give me the same horizon-expanding experience I get from books while otherwise occupied […]

The Girl Who Fell From The Sky

Tolstoy tells us in the first line of Anna Karenina that all happy families are the same. I think the same is true about books, except in reverse. There are an infinite number of ways to write deeply moving, complex stories about interesting and relatable characters, and there are exactly two ways* to attempt to do […]

On The Confederate Flag; Or, God Save The South

It is not okay to revere the Confederate flag for any reason, full stop. There is no nuance to be appreciated, or perspective to be understood, or context within which it can be placed that makes honoring, respecting, or revering the flag right or good or even tolerable. After the terrorist attack at Emanuel A.M.E. […]

Maude; Or, Superwoman In Disguise

I downloaded Maude, by Donna Mabry, on my Kindle about two years ago because it was free at the time. There was a sale, or something. And I thought, “Why not?” I was never overly interested, and it just sat there for ages. I finally got to it because I’ve read though everything else I […]

Happy Not Mother’s Day

I am not a mother. I will never be a mother. For me, this was a conscious choice and I am happy with it. For many others, motherhood status was never something entirely within their control. For some women, procreation and motherhood was thrust upon them, and for others it was ripped away. For some […]

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: […]

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 […]