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Summer Reading with Our Daughters

Robert Hoch | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Robert Hoch

I am glad for the disarray of our coffee table. Maybe it's a little raft in a world too full of conventional politics, a raft salvaged from cast off pieces, caught in the currents of a deeper wisdom, a more authentic quest for freedom.

Shoes and Shotguns

Georgina Beven | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Georgina Beven

I arrive at Zumiez, but rather than being confronted by a packed window display of knockoff shoes, I am greeted by the words of a large sign: "Forever in Our Hearts."

The Sex Part Always Gets in the Way

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Sharon Kay Edwards

I've had male friend after male friend in my life, and it always goes to sh*t because it's impossible to just be friends. I mean REAL friends with openness and freedom.

Susan Patton: The Anti-Singlehood Crusader

Erin Gibson | Posted 04.22.2014 | Women
Erin Gibson

I love long titles! They give you the gist of the article without spoiling the confusing, condescending points to follow.

U No Read, Me No Write

Melody Moezzi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Comedy
Melody Moezzi

Until recently, no editor ever encouraged me to write for the skimming, scanning, browsing, not-actually-reading "reader."

ReThink Review: Elysium -- The 1 Percent in Orbit

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was so blown away by Elysium that I need two reviews to describe why I think it's the best movie of this summer by far, and probably of 2013.

ReThink Review: The Purge - Horror and Republican Ideology

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The action and, surprisingly, the political and social commentary that seems to criticize republican ideological dogma still has me pondering what I thought would be a run-of-the-mill slasher movie.

April Fools Rush In

Donna Henes | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Donna Henes

Clowns are an essential element of ritual in most places in the world. Their antics provide an over-the-top immorality, which, by negative example, serves to highlight and strengthen the integral values of society. The Hopi say that clowns show life the way it should not be.

ReThink Review: God Bless America -- Bobcat's Scream

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.14.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Bobcat Goldthwait is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore. At least, the two main characters of his dark comedy God Bless America won't.

Black and Blue Friday

Patricia Aranka Smith | Posted 01.23.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Aranka Smith

I grew up in an era where there were only a handful of logical explanations for getting up in the middle of the night. We did not wake up to go shopping. Anywhere. For anything. Ever.

Stage Door: The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, White

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.17.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Steve Jobs was a genius and showman. Apple products revolutionized the way we live, making the company and its co-founders legendary. As storyteller M...

Iranian Actress Faces 90 Lashes For Movie Role

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.10.2011 | Arts

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- An Iranian opposition website says an Iranian actress has been sentenced to a year in prison and 90 lashes for appearin...

Syria Accuses Teen Blogger Of Being A Spy

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria has accused a 19-year-old blogger who is in prison of being a spy, an official said Monday in the first comment from aut...

Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation

Caroline Hagood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Caroline Hagood

Elissa Stein and Susan Kim's Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation, approaches its taboo topic with plenty of irreverent humor and refreshing bluntness.