A Year of Reading Women

For all of those diehard readers of my blog (Dad), you might wonder why I didn't post on Monday. I have a good reason: I was waiting for my latest essay to appear on Bustle. The essay chronicles my year following the social (and social media) challenge #ReadWomen2014 and some of my big takeaways from… Continue reading A Year of Reading Women

Two Great (Feminist) Writers in Conversation

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of listening to writers Elissa Schappell and Susan Brownmiller discuss their experiences as women writers at a free program for Women's History Month at the Brooklyn Public Library. Schappell, author of two short story collections including Blueprints for Building Better Girls (she's a personal favorite of mine from back… Continue reading Two Great (Feminist) Writers in Conversation


Kate Bernheimer reminded me fairy tales are not only for adults. Kate Chopin showed me that sometimes your character has to die to live.  Mary Gaitskill gave me boldness. Harper Lee taught me in and out of school.  Alice Munro showed me how to peel the layers back on a story and to take it in… Continue reading #ReadWomen2014

How Alice Munro Winning is a Win for all Women

A week and a half ago I finished reading Alice Munro's short story "Vandals" while riding the subway. The story, true to her form, begins in one place and follows one character and ends in an entirely different place, slowly unfolding a secret tragedy that leaves you feeling like you've been socked in the gut--her… Continue reading How Alice Munro Winning is a Win for all Women

A Third Inspirational Conversation

Author Monica Drake’s second novel The Stud Book, released earlier this year, helped her to enter a special class of writers in Portland—those who have gained the attention of a national audience. She counts among her writer friends Chuck Palahniuk and Chelsea Cain, both bestsellers beyond the Rose City. Shortly before the release of her book,… Continue reading A Third Inspirational Conversation