The Similar Worlds of Mutton Busting and AAU Basketball

Image by Jonno Rattman for New Yorker, Jadeyn Lara and Shayne Spain

In addition to reading a lot of books, I read a lot of magazines. Sometimes it takes me awhile to get through the stack on my nightstand, but I always do. I recently read two articles in my “regulars” (New Yorker and Sports Illustrated) that spoke to one another in important ways– even if no […]


My Purple Train Boy Turns 3


Back in November I (along with Carston!) made my writing debut in The Washington Post. I was thrilled to have a piece in the On Parenting section. I originally titled the piece “My Purple Train Boy,” but it was retitled to, “My boy likes soccer and dance, trains and the color purple.” The lines I […]


Ballroom Blitz: Toddlers & Tiaras for Grown-Ups


When Bravo announced it would be airing Game of Crowns many eagerly awaited the grown-up version of Toddlers & Tiaras. But, as I wrote, that series turned out to be more like a pageant version of Real Housewives of RI/CT. Instead, it is another TLC mini-series, Ballroom Blitz, that comes closest to the formula, subculture, […]


Called to Watch The Sisterhood

Sisterhood and Sr. Beth Ann

When I was in first grade I went home and told my mother that the principal of my school, Sr. Loretelle, was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. I also said she smelled good (I actually remember this and I still would argue she smelled good! I looked her up online to confirm […]


Bravo Academia: What I Should Have Asked Andy Cohen


I am, what sociologists of culture call, a cultural omnivore. I consume high and low art whether it be books, TV, movies, music, etc. Sometimes my DVR looks like a teenage girl (Pretty Little Liars, Teen Mom) and other times a middle-aged woman (Real Housewives, The Sisterhood). I love reading serious non-fiction as much as […]


World AIDS Day 2014: The Reality of The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart poster

For many people born around the same time as me (1980, for the record) their first exposure to someone with HIV/AIDS was Pedro Zamora on The Real World San Francisco. Or, in a fictional setting, it was Tom Hanks’ character in Philadelphia. I actually knew two people who died of AIDS by the time I […]


Protest Progress: Professional and Personal Development


August– the heat, the uncertainty– seem far away on this chilly November day. But I’m reminded of how I felt only a few months ago, particularly on the day I first found out what was happening at my high school in Michigan. And, now, today, when news of some resolution is shared. In August my […]


The Dissimilarities Between Honey Boo Boo and Malala Yousafzai

Celebrity Sightings In Los Angeles - October 15 2012

Almost exactly two years ago I wrote a piece for The Huffington Post about the ways in which Alana Thompson (aka “Honey Boo Boo”) and Malala Yousafzai are similar. My, how times have changed. Malala is now a Nobel Peace Prize winner and Alana Thompson’s show has been axed and her safety is in question […]


Game of Clowns– Oh, I mean CRowns


I have now officially caught up on my TV watching; I was sick for a day this week and ended up binge watching Bravo’s Mrs. Pageant series Game of Crowns. But, really, a more accurate title would have been Game of CLOWNS. It’s like they took the worst elements of so many reality shows (Toddlers […]


Catching Up on TV, Part 2: The Summer of Dance


Last week I looked at stage moms on TV this summer, this week it’s specifically the DANCE stage moms, some of the worst offenders on TV no doubt. It was interesting to look back over the past two summers and see what’s changed and what is the same in the world of dance on TV. […]