Recently, I came across a Forbes article that caught my eye. In “Who’s Afraid of Post-Feminism? What It Means To Be A Feminist Today,” Jenna Goudreau asks women to weigh in on some hard-hitting questions: what is feminism, and is it relevant today? Feminism, the other "f word," has come to represent unwarranted stereotypes for some, and is a badge of honor for others. Read More
Helen Mirren has thrown her hat in the ring to become the twelfth Time Lord in the Doctor Who series, and I would really love to see this happen. I started watching Doctor Who this year, and its Buffyesque “Big Bad of the Week” formula sucked me in almost immediately. So far I’ve only seen the 10th and 11th Doctors’ seasons, and both David Tennant and Matt Smith were fantastic. Read More
I learned three things recently, and all from reading one article:       1) It is possible to swallow an entire pen, by accident, without causing yourself serious harm. 2) Pens sometimes do not show up on x-rays (despite the fact that they are PENS). 3) A pen that has been hanging out in your stomach for 25 years is still capable of writing. It’s gross, it’s weird, and it’s 100 percent true. A woman in Britain accidentally (accidentally!) swallowed a pen while doing a little medical self-diagnosis on her tonsils. Read More
I’ve always had a thing for Gidget and groovy beach-party movies: those ’60s classics in which Frankie and Annette try to make each other jealous, only to kiss and make up at the big luau. As the temperatures begin to drop, we could all use some sunny jams to remind us that summer is coming. Normally I’d just play "Misirlou" over and over, but luckily for me (and my neighbors), Susan SurfTone’s new album, Shore, is helping me get rid of those wintertime blues. Susan SurfTone is definitely not your average bandleader. Read More
La Sera performing at the Bowery Ballroom in March. Photo credit: Bao Nguyen. No matter how you look at it, 2011 was the Year of the Woman, music-wise. It was a year ruled by Adele and Florence & the Machine and Lady Gaga, by Rihanna and Nicki Minaj and even Britney Spears. (I feel like I’m time-traveling back to become my 13-year-old self by saying this, but I actually really like Britney’s new music, okay?) And those are just the chart-toppers that everyone's aware of—all types of women-fronted bands had a stellar year. Read More