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Not Oprah’s Book Club: Straight

TweetSo I’m kind of cheating on this one, because I haven’t actually read Hanne Blank‘s new book, Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. But I know her work, and I know how fabulously important this topic is, so I’m endorsing it sight unseen. A recent interview with Hanne in Salon gives a flavor of [...]
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Not Oprah’s Book Club: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Tweet Mindy Kaling has been making people laugh for a while–and from what I read in her memoir it wasn’t always on purpose. Kaling, a comedian, writer and sometimes actor in the awesomely hilarious show The Office, has a book out, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. It is a memoir of sorts, that is a [...]
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Not Oprah’s Book Club: Agorafabulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom

Tweet I’m a long time fan of Sara Benincasa, who I interviewed last year. She’s a comedian, a sex advice columnist, a feminist, and she does a mean Peggy Olsen impression. She’s also a recovering agoraphobic, and her book Agorafabulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom, out in February, is based on her one-woman comedy show of the [...]
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Not Oprah’s Book Club: Out of the Vinyl Deeps

Tweet Feminist rock critic Ellen Willis testing an album by dancing in front of the mirror. In 1968, when Ellen Willis was 26 years old and pop music criticism was barely even a thing yet, she was hired as The New Yorker’s very first rock critic. One of the only women in the male-dominated scene, [...]
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Not Oprah’s Book Club: Blueprints for Building Better Girls

TweetThe girls and women who animate the stories of Elissa Schappell are so real, so familiar, that there were times that reading her work almost frightened me. It wasn’t so much a clever turn of phrase–although there’s no question that Schappell can write her ass off; it was more the texture and aliveness of her [...]
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