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Twenty-Five Years Later

The past few weeks—scratch that—the past few years have been triggering for many women. Most recently, at Harvard, a bunch of powerful professors closed...

Bette Davis’s Hair

Hair studies would be remiss in overlooking Bette Davis’s contrarian, Golden Age, Hollywood mane. Off-screen, the actress was celebrated for her outdoorsy New England...

Notes On Passing

Rebecca Hall’s film Passing (Netflix) is a passion project, born of many people’s commitment to Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel of the same name. We...

O Night Divine: Observing Christianity

My daughter Mira wanted to come along to Christmas Eve services at Sanctuary Church, but when we got there, she hesitated and asked if...

How Reading Queer Authors Improved My Relationships

In 16 years of teaching literature, I cannot think of a line that hit me harder than Celie’s declaration about Shug, the love of...

The Discomfiting Comforts of HerMoney

Growing up broke creates surprising attachments, even decades after the immediate threat of bankruptcies and bill collectors has faded. Growing up broke means I...