Psychosis, codependence, grief. Deviants, tempests, feuding lovers. We think the only thing better than a rum & ginger beer is sipping it while reading a Dark & Stormy book. Added bonus: unlike the rum, we bet you'll never run out of pages.
Let's be real: We've all acted in toxic, damaging ways at one time or another (none of us are immune to it). No matter how hard your life has been, or the deep challenges you've faced, you can strive to overcome toxicity and become more gentle, calm and loving with yourself and others.
When author Mary Gaitskill published Bad Behavior in 1988, critics around the world praised her bold and original collection of short stories. The author spoke with The Slant about why she thinks the book has endured and which story she thinks is the strongest.
Is it worrisome that our federal government is paralyzed in partisan deadlock? Have we so little expectation of officeholders that we view politics as simply a sideshow; and if we vote at all, do we pull the lever based on nothing more than name recognition?
If you were my child, I'd wonder if you were seeking my attention or testing boundaries. If you were my teenager, I'd wonder if you were feeling peer pressure or experimenting with drugs or alcohol. But, the fact is, I'm not your mother (Thank God!). And you're adults.
What keeps me awake at night these days isn't that these two boys will turn out to be "bad kids" but rather that they'll be just like me -- young and unbearably foolish -- but not nearly as lucky; that the laws of probability will make them answer for their missteps in a way I never had to.
While the primary blame for abuse and misdeed against women lies with the perpetrators themselves, we should look next at the good men who say nothing. It's time for good men to hold accountable those who abuse women.