Forty years after the landmark decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions is still a hotbed of discussion in state legislatures and a target of lawmakers. Outside of these state capitals, talking about abortion is still largely taboo.
Sarah Erdreich is trying to open up a larger discourse about reproductive rights and the next generation of women. Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement tackles the difficult issues of stigma, activism, pop culture and how to talk about abortion as not just a scary political battle but a more nuanced, personal choice for all women.
I had a chance to speak to Erdreich about the book and what she believes are the biggest issues facing the women who came after Roe and the right to choose. Keep reading »
I love when great opportunities just boink me in the head. One day my friend Liz asked me if I was looking for work. She was assisting a lovely writer but got a great job opportunity elsewhere that she couldn’t refuse. Would I like to take her place? That writer was Amy Ephron. I called her, we spoke, and she invited me over to her house, for what I thought was an interview, but was apparently my first day on the job. Since that day two years ago, I’ve found not just a great boss, but a true mentor, someone who supports me and my writing.
I never understood the need for a mentor until I accidentally found one. I’m psyched to say that writer Amy Ephron is my mentor. I asked her about writing, feminism, and vices.
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Ever wonder what made peplums such an enduring trend while men’s powdered wigs fell by the wayside? Me too. That’s why I’m obsessing over a new compendium of the history of fashion and costume from the Smithsonian. Titled Fashion; The Definitive History Of Costume and Style, this massive volume covers sartorial trends from the ancient world to today. And it even includes an illustrated glossary of terms. Weighing in at 480 full-color pages, this is the guide for the fashion obsessed. So yes, I’ll be ordering one right now. [$31.17, Amazon]
Andrea Linett used to be an editor (and co-founder!) at Lucky, and before that, she was an editor at Sassy magazine, The Greatest Magazine Of All Time if you ask anyone in the 18 to 45 demo. Now she’s written a book, based off her blog of the same name, called I Want To Be Her. The book is “a love letter to style muses of all shapes and sizes” and features Linett rhapsodizing about her great and many style icons and inspirations. They include, but are not limited to: Chloe Sevigny (who Andrea discovered), Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable on “A Different World,” and her friend Kathe. Reading her writings about these fashion all-stars is fun, but the book is made even better by illustrations from Anne Johnston Albert, who perfectly captures the essence of Andrea’s favorites. [$12.36, Amazon]
Earlier today, I was minding my own business doing some Internet trolling, when I happened upon a friend of a friend’s website. Andrea Crews isn’t a person, though, it’s an art collective, with fashion, music and performance. Now they’ve created a book that encapsulates everything the diverse collective represents. With contributions from Twin and Twin, Santi Gold, Koudlam, Herman Dune and more, the ultra-limited book, I Am Andrea Crews, offers a glimpse into this very special Parisian universe. You can preorder and help support the book through the French version of Kickstarter, Kiss Kiss Bank Bank. Why do the French do everything better than us? [Contributions Vary, Kiss Kiss Bank Bank]
Okay, so maybe I’m a little biased, considering The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac happens to be by sometime-Man Panel contributor and friend Kris D’Agostino, but actually? This book is really good. The story of an aimless stoner and his crumbling family, Almanac follows misanthropic preschool teacher Calvin Moretti as he chronicles his father’s illness, his mother’s denial and his sister’s pregnancy. Oh, and did I mention there’s a gun? Even if you don’t believe me, Publisher’s Weekly called it “wickedly funny and as often beautiful as it is meandering.” [$11.04, Amazon]
Even the title of Mindy Kaling‘s new book of essays is relatable: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). I’ve totally been there, too, girl. Now all of us can hang out with “The Office” writer/actress any time we want. With her trademark wit and intellect, Mindy shares stories about her immigrant parents, performing a show about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck off-Broadway, and joining one of the most popular sitcoms on television. Mark my words: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is going to make me want to make Mindy Kalin my new BFF. [$25, Powells.com]
Guys can be just as clueless as women when it comes to reading the signs, especially since women have their own set of subtle brush-off techniques. After countless boring dates and awkward interactions, we’ve decided to let you studs in on our secrets. We’ve cut through the BS and compiled the signs that she’s just not that into you. Keep reading »
If you’re a lover of fashion, a historian, or an Alexander McQueen fan, then this is a book you’ll need to own. The fashion world has mourned the loss of McQueen, but now it’s time to celebrate his memory, as the very first book following his untimely death is set to hit shelves very soon. Alexander McQueen, Genius of a Generation by Kristin Knox makes for the ultimate coffee table book and is sure to be a collector’s item — so make sure to get yours fast. Spanning 128 pages, the book includes a historical look into Lee’s life, from youth to adulthood, shows his rise to design greatness, and displays over 120 images of his brilliant designs and creations. It goes on sale May 7 for about $30, but we’d suggest reserving your copy now. [Telegraph] Keep reading »