Politics are Personal

As much as it shames me to admit it, I don’t pay very close attention to politics.  I like my political commentary pared down to the essentials and preferably in comic form.  I’m one of those woefully uninformed young people who consider The Daily Show and SNL’s Weekend Update valid news sources.  However, there are […]

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The Casual Vacancy

On September 27th 2012, JK Rowling released a new novel, The Casual Vacancy. The book’s publication marked Rowling’s first departure from children’s literature, as well as her first work of fiction set firmly in the muggle world.  As the author of the Harry Potter series, Rowling is a publishing rock star– there is no comparing […]

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I’m Just Fine, Thanks

One of my favorite quotes is from Tina Fey as the fabulously disgruntled Liz Lemon.  It’s the simple decree that “Everything is the worst.” As an oft-grumpy pessimist, this is a phrase that rings in my ears all the time.  Don’t get me wrong, I laugh a lot, and I’m happy on a regular basis, […]

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Black Like Me

During the fall of 2009, a bunch of people thought I was black. Since you can’t see me, I’m just going to take a second to point out that I’m not black.  In fact, Casper the Ghost has been known to rock a better tan than I have.   I am pale, freckled in the way […]

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Fat Girl Thin

I’m 32 years old and, aside from a few years in High School, I’ve been fat my whole life.  My mother likes to say I’m a “sturdy girl.”  This pleases both of us, because it  forgives my fatness and conjures shared images of my hearty forebears digging potatoes from the icy ground and building craggy […]

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