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Bodies and Minds

The New Enthusiasm! A Manifesto

Two years ago, we started Avidly.  Today, we’re starting something else: Avidly’s life as an LA Review of Books Channel. This feels legitimating.  But...

Lonely Connect

The polar explorer Felicity Aston is the first woman to traverse Antarctica solo and the first human to do so under her own muscle alone. I...

Imaginary Idols Redux

Yesterday, March 27, 2014, NBCUniversal announced that Television Without Pity would be shut down, effective April 4, 2014. There is a lot to be said about TWoP's role in...

Lady Professor Conference Fashions

The last question was the hardest: “But what should I wear?” I was on a professionalization panel for graduate students, brought in to discuss...

The Sassiest Girl In America

A few nights ago, I popped out of my gym to take a phone call, and I almost ran (bodily) into Andrea Linett, former...

Toy Story 3 and the Problem with Stuff

One of the best sight gags in Toy Story comes when Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear are stranded at a “Dinoco” gas station, its...