I Tell You How To Write

Here’s some hubris for you. I’ve never had a work of fiction published but I’m going to go ahead and trash an actual, award-winning no less, author. Irish writer Colum McCann wrote a column for the Guardian recently on tips for aspiring writers and, well, they aren’t great. He opens his essay, unironically, with a … [Read more…]

The Magic Of Poor Brown People

I was reading a blog post written by a friend this week. She’d recently returned from a trip to what is often called a developing country. While there, she met with a group of people from a minority sect. She expected to share with them feminism and be a shiny example of what an enlightened … [Read more…]

Take Your Loyalty Pledge And Shove It

Part of the Dutch integration package now includes a loyalty pledge. (If you listened to the Dutch News Podcast this week, you probably have a sense of how I feel about this. Or read the title of this post.) 1. There is zero evidence loyalty pledges work. Ask Trump how that worked out for him. … [Read more…]

Becoming my grandmother

I’m not sure when it happened exactly but I’ve become my grandmother. I’m not sure if it was the moment that I was annoyed the tram was too full for me to sit down and knit. Look, I’ve got two nieces or nephews showing up this year. They will need blankets. Or perhaps it was … [Read more…]