Bedside Manners: A Novel by Heather Frimmer My rating: 5 of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Heather Frimmer’s characters are so believable and their issues so real that it’s hard to remember sometimes that Bedside Manners is a novel and not a memoir. Frimmer tells this story from two points of view: that […]
Remember Me as Loving You is a wonderful new memoir by Kimberly Childs. Here’s my review on Goodreads: Remember Me as Loving You: A Daughter’s Memoir by Kimberly Childs My rating: 4 of 5 stars If you’re looking for an uncommon memoir about some pretty universal themes, you’ll want to read this book. Childs takes […]
It’s hard to know where to begin. Last week began with news about pipe bombs being sent to Democratic leaders and news agencies. When a suspect was arrested on Friday he turned out to have a long history of racist, homophobic hate speech to his credit. In the middle of the week, and largely lost […]
Maybe sometimes a book needs one title that inspires the author to spend the hours, months, years of drafting, editing, revising and generally agonizing over every image and phrase it takes to write the book, and then it needs another title that inspires the reader to pick it up, turn it over, read the back cover copy, open it, and wander inside.
The more we know about each other the more we see the wide range of variations that comprise human sexuality. And the more we see variations, the less easily we put people into categories. And the more we move from categories to variation, the harder it to distinguish an “us” from a “them” and the the easier it is for to understand that sexual freedom is a birthright to be celebrated, and not a threat to be feared.
This is the first installment of what I hope will be a thought provoking series on community-based death practices around the world. The idea came when I saw a Facebook post about a vending machine at a cemetery in a Zürich neighborhood. The author of the post was Jessica Jacinta Mijnssen, and when I asked […]
A few days ago Brett Stephens published an op-ed piece in the New York Times that began with a very reasonable statement. He said that he had no idea what happened in the room when Dr. Blasey Ford alleges she was attacked, and he points out that, unless we were in the room, we can’t […]