Posts filed as “Culture”

From Publishers Weekly ….

A review of The Maternal is Political: The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change Edited by Shari MacDonald Strong, foreword by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. Seal, $15.95 paper (280p) ISBN 978-1-58005-243-6 In a raw and emotional literary anthology, 30 women express their frustrations about motherhood, their disappointment with unsupportive work ...Read more.

I am officially sick of the mommy wars

I am officially sick of the mommy wars. This thought occurred to me while I was reading a conversation on Salon with noted novelist Meg Wolitzer. She has a new book out, called The Ten-Year Nap and it about … oh, let’s say a group of moms so we don’t have to discuss it any ...Read more.

Dragons Live Forever

One of my great pleasures in life is singing to my children. Now at some point this won’t be a great pleasure to them because they will realize their mother can’t carry a tune but, for now, they appear to think I am American Idol material.  And Jake, who is currently in a phase of life ...Read more.

A Post for the Grammys

I spent a recent afternoon playing Nanci Griffith’s amazing 1988 album One Fair Summer Evening. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost twenty years since I first heard Once in a Very Blue Moon on the Fordham College radio station while listening to my Walkman as I walked through Central Park on my way home from ...Read more.

A Belated Christmas Tale

I confess to utter bafflement when it comes to the emergence of Joni Mitchell’s wonderfully depressing song “River” as a Christmas standard. So I enjoyed reading this article in TNR about how it all came about. Of course, I am probably not one to talk. A few weeks ago, my older son asked me to ...Read more.


Can we all agree to leave this poor woman alone already? It’s enough....Read more.