Reclaiming spinsterhood and bachelorhood

I have read a couple of dissenting reviews of Kate Bolick’s Spinster, but Briallen Hopper’s is the liveliest and most allusive. The crux of her counterargument: although Bolick is correct to reclaim spinsterhood as a desirable state, the assumptions on which this state rests still get defined by men. “Whom to marry, and when will… More Reclaiming spinsterhood and bachelorhood

‘How a politician can chalk up wins against structural racism’

Yep: f you look at a typical presidential campaign site under a heading like “Issues,” you’ll see that there isn’t a bullet point that lists a candidate’s plans to attack the complicated issue of structural racism with specific steps. This should change. And in this, candidates can take a lesson from President Obama. His administration,… More ‘How a politician can chalk up wins against structural racism’

TGI Friday’s, mixology, and women in public life

I thought T.G.I. Friday’s was a big box restaurant whose managers these days send busboys across the street to Publix to buy their own frozen potato skins. But its founder apparently did much to help what Nicola Twilley calls women’s participation in public life. Also, it’s news to me that the Volstead Act cast a… More TGI Friday’s, mixology, and women in public life

‘A compromise is what I can never accept.’

Neil Peart drinks Macallan 12 — with ice. There they are, my feelings for Rush exemplified by anecdotal evidence — the garish note, the lapse into poor taste, bless’em. Yet another example of my generation grabbing what’s left of music journalism jobs is the interviewing of Rush for a Rolling Stone cover story. I wanted… More ‘A compromise is what I can never accept.’

Weighing in

Why as a man of Cuban descent I avoid arroz: The average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As reddit recently pointed out, that’s almost exactly as much as the average American man weighed in the early 1960s. Men, you’re not looking too hot in this scenario… More Weighing in