‘Cause Stella Said So: Top 10 Stella Gibson Moments

[This is part of my ongoing mission to clear my "drafts" box, which currently has 20+ blog post drafts in various degrees of completion. Half of this was composed in November, and the rest was finished in March.] As a post on the blog Villainness observed about The Fall, "Never before has a show had so many … Continue reading ‘Cause Stella Said So: Top 10 Stella Gibson Moments

“Her body, their body, one body”: Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me & Gymnastics

Megan Abbott's latest book, You Will Know Me (2016), may be set within the world of competitive gymnastics, but it is concerned with parents and children, adolescence and aging, sex and love, and goals and desires. In addition, it's a compelling portrait of what life—particularly, life during a crisis—might be like for a family with a young, elite female athlete. … Continue reading “Her body, their body, one body”: Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me & Gymnastics

Recommendation Round-Up

In homage to The Atlantic's excellent feature, "The Week in Pop Culture Writing," (which includes highlights from around the internet and various print publications, and which nicely complements their own "The Atlantic's Week in Culture" posts) and the way that Slate podcasts always conclude with the moderators' recommendations, I've decided to try something similar. Not an in-depth post, but … Continue reading Recommendation Round-Up

The Only Happily Ever After in the Reality TV World (Book Review: Romancing Miss Right by Lizzie Shane)

With so many years of reality television, faux-romance, and D-list (or is it F-list?) reality celebrities, many of us might feel disillusioned by the entire subject; yet, Lizzie Shane’s Romancing Miss Right proves that with the right (and light) touch, reality television romance can be surprisingly fertile ground for a fresh contemporary romance. Shane’s Romancing Miss … Continue reading The Only Happily Ever After in the Reality TV World (Book Review: Romancing Miss Right by Lizzie Shane)

Recommendation Round-up

In homage to The Atlantic's excellent feature, "The Week in Pop Culture Writing," (which includes highlights from around the internet and various print publications, and which nicely complements their own "The Atlantic's Week in Culture" posts) and the way that Slate podcasts always conclude with the moderators' recommendations, I've decided to try something similar. Not an in-depth post, but … Continue reading Recommendation Round-up

Book Review: US/Russian (Romance) Relations(hip)

This review (by CoCo) was originally published (5/31/16) as a guest review on Smart Bitches Trashy Books.  Lunges, pivots, turns, spins, Salchows, loops, flips, Lutz jumps, axel jumps, singles, doubles, and triples. It’s okay if these terms don’t mean a whole hell of a lot to you. I’d consider myself a casual fan of ice … Continue reading Book Review: US/Russian (Romance) Relations(hip)