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4 Lessons I Learned About Resilience From The Survivors Of 9/11

I’ve heard friends say that this past week of being inundated with 9/11-anniversary footage and commentary has been overwhelming. I can more than empathize. As the co-author of Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors, I spent close to two years steeped in interview footage of those who had…

By: Courtney Martin / September 9, 2011

Soapbox: You’re Sexy Without The Life-Threatening High Heels

You may have thought the weekend’s biggest news was the hurricane, but there was something even more shocking afoot: People magazine reports that Victoria Beckham had been spotted in flats! Forget telltale signs of climate change via drastic weather patterns; the apocalypse is surely upon us when Posh Spice is willing to be caught o…

By: Courtney Martin / August 30, 2011

Celebrity Activist We Love: Rosario Dawson

At a time when young celebrities are often ridiculed for their criminal hijinks and pseudo-activism, it’s important to remember that there are folks in Hollywood who actually want to use their celebrity for good. Take actress Rosario Dawson.

By: Courtney Martin / September 8, 2010

3 New Must-See Documentaries

I am a sucker for a good documentary. In my humble opinion, “The Times of Harvey Milk” was way better than the Sean Penn-fest, “Milk.” I find that real life is just too terrible and wonderful all on its own to need fictionalizing. And so, I was hyped to go to the Full Frame Documentary…

By: Courtney Martin / April 14, 2010

Girl Talk: Is Canceling The New Black?

A couple of strange things have happened on my way to adulthood. Perhaps the biggest: that my days of impromptu diner eggs with friends at 4 a.m. have faded into official coffee and drink dates. No longer can I meet my bestie up on the roof that connected our Brooklyn brownstones. Now if I want…

By: Courtney Martin / February 5, 2010

Why I’m Avoiding The New Slew Of Pro-Vegetarian Books and Movies

I feel like Jonathan Safran Foer is stalking me. OK, maybe not the actual guy—he’s got a beautiful, ridiculously talented wife, some kiddos, and a new best-selling book called Eating Animals, which Natalie Portman says made her go vegan, so no, he’s not actually stalking me. But I feel like he is, in the same…

By: Courtney Martin / December 8, 2009