Goodbye Stranger and Girls & Sex: One way to navigate the complicated new landscape

So far this year– almost halfway through– I have a clear favorite fiction book (Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead) and a clear favorite nonfiction book (Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein). And, in my opinion, they are really in conversation with one another; though I’m not sure anyone has made this connection before. In her […]

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In the Room Where It Happens: Hamilton and (Cultural) Capital

Last fall I literally bought into the hype and got the Hamilton soundtrack. Predictably (as a musical theater fan, history-loving nerd, and aspiring wordsmith), I fell in love. This was not out of character. For instance, last century, I bought the Rent soundtrack and knew every word long before I ever saw it live. I […]

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Fantastic Lies and TRex: Documentaries and Sports in American Society

Wow, I haven’t blogged in three months. Why? Most of my time has been taken up by the course I am teaching this semester, a large lecture class at Brown called Sports in American Society. Standing room only crowd today in my inaugural Sports in American Society lecture. <insert sporting exhortation here> #americanstudies #sportsinamericansociety #professorlife […]

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The Fix Is In: Miss Universe 2016

To me there are three High Holy Days of Pageantry each year: Miss America is the apex (with a Holy Week to go along with it), then Miss Universe, and Miss USA. It’s no secret that my favorite part of Miss Universe are the national costumes. I actually missed them live this year because I […]

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Your silence will not protect you– no matter your age

When I was in high school I wore a pin on my winter coat that featured Audre Lorde’s quote, “Your silence will not protect you.” Yes, I was far more idealistic then and while I wouldn’t wear a button with a slogan on my coat these days, I find myself thinking of Elie Wiesel’s words […]

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Book Reviewing in Action: Friedman Fellows Brothers Celebration

I get to read and think about a lot of great (parenting) books. That also means I often get a lot of ideas about what to do– or not do, as the case may be!– with my boys.  When I reviewed Laura Markham’s latest, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings, for Brain, Child in the winter I […]

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Background Checks in Youth Sports: Not Just for Sexual Abuse

I’ve long been a strong proponent of background checks for all who work with kids— not just for sexual abuse (though, sadly, this still remains a very real issue as just this week Marvin Sharp, an Olympics-level gymnastics coach who had been arrested last month for sexual abuse of young girls was found dead in […]

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A Sweet New Set of Miss America Predictions

Today I arrived in Atlantic City for the 95th Annual Miss America Pageant. On the way down I caught up on some New Yorker reading. Last week’s issue had an article on Atlantic City, which somewhat tellingly does not mention Miss America (nor Monopoly for that matter). Nick Paumgarten’s “The Death and Life of Atlantic […]

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Pink Warrior Boy?

Today I faced one of my first true parenting dilemmas– and one of the first times my partner and I have disagreed on a decision. I signed my eldest son, Carston, up for town soccer where he will play on a U4 team. He needs cleats and shin guards for the first time so we […]

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Veronica Mars: The Girl Who Gets Me Through Post-Op Periods

10 years ago I discovered Veronica Mars. At the height of my obsession with Season 1 of the show, I was simultaneously recovering from major jaw surgery (which also necessitated another minor surgery after the crazy complication of a loose screw!) and studying for my General exams for my PhD in Sociology. That meant I […]

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