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YA? Why Not? This past summer, my plan to read Sarah Dessen novels while dangling my bare feet over a lakeside dock was rudely interrupted by a scowling article in Slate insisting adults should feel embarrassed reading YA novels, because they’re “books for children.” I felt a twinge of shame. After all, I often make a point of doing grown-up things, like drinking bourbon, listening to NPR, and transferring my credit-card balances. But I’ve also discovered that YA novels are infinitely readable and intelligent in ways that...
Pack Like a Champ This Holiday Season Travel can be a real pain, but being a skilled packer definitely simplifies things. As a hardcore globe-trekker, I’ve developed a knack for packing on the fly, tucking away essentials into my lightweight, durable suitcase during trips to East Africa, New Zealand, and in-between. Whether you’re hopping a train or stuffing yourself into a plane’s economy class, these tips will maximize your packing options when you’re heading home (or wherever) during the holidays: 210681.jpg • Make a list on your...
This Simple, Healthy Dessert is Like an Explosion of Autumn Goodness Total Time: 1½ hours Active Time: 30 mins Makes 16 pieces Cost per serving: $1.30 Baked apples are the perfect fall sweet treat, but here, they're paired with what you might not normally think of as a dessert ingredient: the equally autumnal sweet potato. Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes,  washed whole 8 red apples 2 Tbsp. refined coconut oil 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 cup pecan halves 2 tsp. refined coconut oil 1/8 tsp....
Thanks to this site, it’s getting easier to find out whether or not movies pass the Bechdel test. If you’re not familiar with it already, the test simply asks whether a movie has two female characters who talk to each other at least once about something other than a man. Sounds simple, right? You’d be surprised how many of your favorites fail (A Christmas Story, Elf, Home Alone, Rudolph…) But in the Christmas spirit, let’s focus on those that do pass, and hope that each...
The beginning of The Punk Singer, a documentary that tells the story of Kathleen Hanna, OG of the Riot Grrrl movement, starts off with Hanna performing a spoken word piece in 1991. She says, “I am your worst nightmare come to life / I’m a girl you can’t shut up.” While far from a nightmare and more like our ultimate feminist wet dream, Hanna speaks the truth in that she definitely hasn’t shut up. The lead singer of Bikini Kill has a lot going on...
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