Feminist Road Trippin’: Girldrive

Two twenty-something, upper class, educated, Jewish girls traipse around the United States looking for the feminism of a new generation, and once they find it, one of them kills herself. That’s not exactly what the back cover of Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism reads, but that’s one version of what happened. Best friends since 1997, Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein decided to take a road trip and talk to a cross section of young women about the F-word. They met 127 women—including a sex shop clerk, a Bible college student, a witch, a future nun, a former Air Force worker, a 28-year-old mother of six, and an anarchist—to find out why some woman love feminism with a fierceness and why others don’t relate to it at… Read More

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Sin and the City: A Q&A With Not That Kind of Girl Author Carlene Bauer

I should have read the description more carefully, but blogs have made me lazy. Not That Kind of Girl isn’t simply a tale of how the “good girl” lost her faith through drinking at raucous parties and romps with unfamiliar men, though you will find a bit of that here. Instead, Not That Kind of Girl is a thoughtful memoir about one young woman’s slow and arduous attempts to break up with God, a task at which she finally succeeds with a little help from New York… Read More

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Starbucks Goes Undercover in Seattle

Using a tactic that is virtually the reverse of its typical omnipresent cluster openings, Starbucks’ new plan for coffee supremacy is to go stealth by opening up new stores that claim to be “inspired by Starbucks” when, in fact, they actually are Starbucks — after a fashion. 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea is the name of the first Seattle shop, which opened its doors last week.… Read More

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Analyzing This Year’s International Design Excellence Award Winners

Have you ever seen that short film The Story of Stuff? It’s a 20-minute online documentary about the “materials economy” that gives a relatively simple explanation about why our current system of consumption isn’t sustainable or just. I thought of the film when I learned about Nike Trash Talk, a basketball sneaker that won a Gold award at this year’s International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).… Read More

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And the Man Booker Nominees Are…

For fiction writers, the Man Booker Prize is like the Academy Awards. Once summertime roles around, anyone whose novel was published that year eagerly sits by their phone in anticipation of the call letting them know they’ve been nominated for the prestigious literary accolade. Being nominated is good for publicity, but that extra £50,000 ($82,000) prize isn’t something to shake a stick at. Just ask last year’s winner Aravind Adiga whose novel The White Tiger has currently sold over half a million copies.

For those of you who may enjoy a brief respite from reality, here’s a cheat sheet to help you navigate the thirteen nominees.… Read More

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The Family Guy Episode You May Never See

While you’re some of you are pining for the Dr. George O’Malley swan song that will never be on the new season of Grey’s Anatomy, others will (probably) be missing out on The Family Guy‘s snarky insensitivity about abortion. Oh the humanity!

Seriously folks, this “breaking news” from Comic-Con sounds like a nefarious marketing plan cooked up to sell DVDs. The Family Guy can get away with making intentionally offensive jokes about any and everything that gets people in a tizzy from racism to rape to Sarah Palin and John McCain being Nazis, but somehow we’re supposed to believe that a new episode about abortion was relegated to the cutting room floor? Come on, Seth. We’re not buying it. … Read More

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David Rees’ Ironic Cartoons Jacked by Jamba Juice!

After September 11, the mood in the United States was somber and serious as the majority of Americans were led into supporting two failed wars by Bush II. Speaking out was unpatriotic, so those of us who were none too pleased found quiet solace and smiles in David Rees’ Get Your War On. The ironic cartoons gave us something to snicker about with co-workers — you know, the anti-American traitor types with bleeding hearts (as opposed to ones that pump oil) — around the water cooler.

In the years following, Get Your War On managed to spread around the world wide interweb faster than the swine flu, and it didn’t take long for a compilation of seven years of the hilariously un-PC drawings to be released by Brooklyn-based publisher Soft Skull Press, and for Rude Mechanicals to tour the country acting out the snarkified, curse-laden dialogue Rees was famous for. … Read More

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Intimate Oppression: An Interview with Danzy Senna

Where Did You Sleep Last Night?: A Personal History is a memoir about one of the the more melancholy aspects of Danzy Senna’s childhood: her relationship with her father. Senna’s parents, an interracial couple, married in 1968 with dreams of being a part of an idyllic, multicultural family. This book is a complex blend of remembrance, internal exploration, and detective work, as Senna travels throughout the South to uncover pieces of her father’s story she never knew as a child and young adult. Though Senna does ultimately finds something that resembles acceptance and understanding, Where Did You Sleep Last Night? does not have a tidy ending, which only lends the book its charm. I talked to Senna about the challenges of writing such a personal story, and what she gained in the… Read More

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Exclusive: Isa Chandra Moskowitz and the Art of Vegan Brunch

Isa Chandra Moskowitz, a punk rock Brooklynite turned Portlander, has been cranking out vegan cookbooks over the past few years like nobody’s business. Isa just put out Vegan Brunch: Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For-From Asparagus Omelets to Pumpkin Pancakes in May and another with a focus on baking vegan cookies will be released in November. Aside from writing some of the best vegan cookbooks on the market, Isa is the creator of The Post Punk Kitchen, a website and public access cooking show that is currently on hiatus, although there is a plan in the works to re-air the show online. I spoke to Isa about her new book and the business of noche and… Read More

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Shellshag

Jen Shag has got it good: She’s the personal assistant of alternative medicine advocate Gary Null by day and Shellshag rock ‘n roll drummer by night — and all thanks to her meddling mother. Her day job allows her to keep a schedule that is flexible enough to accommodate her band’s touring and run the independent label Starcleaner Records. Plus it schools her on all the shady things the government does in regards to public health. Pretty sweet deal, no?… Read More

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