Misogyny in Literary Criticism: Ed Champion, Emily Gould and a Suicidal Live-Tweet (Part One)

If reading mean blog comments or tweets about yourself is inherently masochistic, then reading your own book review has to be a completely brutal affair. The reviewers themselves, especially the meaner ones, have become celebrities in their own right, loved by the everyday reader and probably both feared and respected by

To the Man Posing As a Feminist Critic of the Celebrity Photo Leaks: I Haven’t Forgotten You Stole Nude Photos of Me

A few months ago, I  was blindsided by the news that my best male friend of 10 years stole nude photographs of me from my computer under the guise of perusing and uploading music from my iTunes library. A friend whom he had also violated, who feared his retaliation and further

The Woman in Black and Roadside Characters: The Mysterious, Folkloric, and Celebrated Eccentrics

“The Woman in Black,” believed to be Elizabeth Poles, is a veteran who lost her children and has taken to wandering across the Kentucky and Ohio highways dressed in flowing black robes. Sometimes she speaks to people about the Bible and prayer, and sometimes she doesn't, but she always

Notes from the Book Party: “Every Day is for the Thief” by Teju Cole

Nigerian literature is experiencing a profound moment in the spotlight. The death of Chinua Achebe (author of the masterpiece Things Fall Apart) left a daunting void for young, contemporary Nigerian authors to fill -- and they've risen to the occasion.  Though Nigeria's authors have always been among the most talented,

Youth is Not an Excuse: One of the Steubenville Rapists Back on Football Team

A friend sent me a link to this article about one of the Steubenville rapists returning to high school, knowing my unfortunate familiarity with small town heroes receiving exoneration for their sexual crimes against women. Like many who followed the events of the Steubenville rape case, Slate’s Amanda