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happy birthday, gloria steinem. I wish you didn’t matter.

Gloria Steinem spoke at my college graduation back in 1986. At the time, as a graduate of a woman’s college, I thought to myself “oh good lord, her. Couldn’t they find someone more relevant?”  It was the era of “divest now” and “free Mandela;” we’d just spent four years at a single-sex college where “gender issues” were as pervasive as the scent of the clove cigarettes many of us smoked. Yes, …

Monday Listicle: Hometown Boys

Stasha, aka list guru, asked Amanda from Lilahbility to curate this week’s topic, and she chose “anything about your hometown.” Leaves it pretty wide open, doesn’t it? And as so often happens, this list topic hits…well, it hits close to home. I’ve been thinking a lot about “home,” both literally and metaphorically, because we’re flying back to New York for the holidays and so the talk around here is all …

I Heart New York

The masthead of this blog says that I am a perpetually ambivalent New Yorker. Which is to say that, while I have very strong opinions on most things, I am ambivalent, always, about New York. Riding a crowded 14D bus crosstown on a rainy day, 6 year old in tow? Hate it. Never having enough closets? Ugh. Ridiculous prices on rent, food, and entertainment? Sucks. Endless noise, eternal crowds, slow-moving …