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31. taking care of your own
the nfl needs to step up
sports - criticism
9.12.07 : feature column!

As you watch Peyton Manning shill for DirecTV this weekend and ponder swapping millionaire Chad Johnson for millionaire Plaxico Burress on your fantasy roster, stop and think for a moment about the billions of dollars being pumped into the NFL. The national football league just completed their most profitable scam ever -- the Preseason, in which they bilk season ticket holders for an additional two full-priced games to watch a bunch of scrubs who'll be nowhere near their regular season roster w...
32. the f word
why aren't we proud to be feminists?
pop culture - criticism
8.10.07 : feature column!

A particularly inane game show was on the television set earlier this evening, and some wide-faced 19-year-old kid was chomping at a million dollar question. I won't bore you with the details -- I won't bore me with the details -- but the question this kid had to contemplate was, "What percentage of American women define themselves as feminists?" The kid said between 23-33 percent. But then began to balk, wondering if that number was too high. "Are you kidding me?" I yelled at the TV set. ...
33. a midsummer's ball game
watching the classic become a classic
sports - lifestyle
7.13.07 : feature column!

My husband sits on the couch, a thick black binder flipped open as the All-Star Game flickers on the television set in front of us. It’s the 77th annual mid-summer classic, and, more meaningfully to us, the tenth year we've watched it together. He points to a card encased in plastic in his book, to a face so young and thin and inexperienced it looks like it belongs to a sophomore in high school at best. “Derek Jeter,” I say, and he pulls back his hand to reveal the name of the current Yan...
34. track list
music - process

Set list for Ten Tracks: I Am God, Wannabes When We Were Young, The Killers Listen here On the Radio, Regina Spektor Listen here Chicago, Sufjan Stevens Listen here Hands Open, Snow Patrol Listen (OK, watch the video) here Right Now, Van Halen Listen Here Before He Cheats, Carrie Underwood Listen here Light Years, Pearl Jam Listen here Running to Stand Still, U2 Listen here How it Ends, DeVotchka Download here...
35. ten tracks
my mind in music
music - lifestyle
6.11.07 : feature column!

I get my best ideas when my brain and my body are as far away from a computer keyboard as possible. Up to my waist in sea water, a rocky beach behind me and a stretch of blue/green/white endlessly reaching out before me. My limbs moving faster than they should on a treadmill, my face red, the hollow of my lower back collecting sweat, my focus on my heart rate and my slipping sports bra and the Sportscenter highlights on the television above me and the speed at which the red numbers flip forwar...
36. out of market, out of my mind
the challenge of online baseball broadcasts
sports - criticism
5.11.07 : feature column!

Earlier tonight, I watched the Red Sox spank the Blue Jays. I use the term “watch” liberally: the game was not on my television set, but rather, broadcast in a complicated box on my browser, brought to me by the wonders of ESPN. Updated across my screen were a tally of balls and strikes, a running total of what each batter did during each at bat, and little pictures letting me know Matsuzaka was pitching, Pedroia was on deck. Cool technology? Maybe. But NESN it isn't. You know how annoying...
37. to be or not to be
fleeting satisfaction, lingering frustration
writing - lifestyle
4.11.07 : feature column!

Imagine for a moment: you spend your whole life trying to find a way to do what you're good at, what you can actually do for the next forty years without poking out your nearest supervisor's eyeballs, and what you can get paid a livable salary doing. You try this, on and off, for about a decade. It is harder than you would have expected, finding a balance among all three. You find you are stunningly ill-suited for the type of professional work you thought you'd always want to do; even more d...
38. short, sweet
why the novel isn't the only form of fiction
writing - appreciation
3.9.07 : feature column!

“I never realized I liked short stories,” one of my students said to me this morning, “until I took this class.” I understood immediately what she meant. I teach an Introduction to Creative Writing course, the type of class which is well suited to (both the reading and writing of) short fiction, for reasons that are more practical than aesthetic. For many of my students, they’d never even imagined writing a story before (never mind giving it to 15 near-strangers, who’ll then talk about it in ...
39. it's peyton's world
the colts just live in it
sports - criticism
2.7.07 : feature column!

A new era has begun. Welcome to the Mannification of the world as we know it. Football fans were sick of Peyton Manning before last Sunday; now that the golden boy’s got a big fat ring to go with all the other accolades that have been heaped upon his pale shoulders, be prepared for our future. All Peyton, all the time. A few years ago, there was a quote that made sports fans chuckle whenever it was repeated. “I won at every level, except college and the pros.” The reason it was so funny wa...
40. that's not entertainment
saying goodbye to a former favorite magazine
pop culture - criticism
1.8.07 : feature column!

We all have standards, and for years, mine were measured against Entertainment Weekly. I originally encountered this magazine in the mid-90s, through my college roommate’s subscription. When she moved to Long Island, I got a subscription of my own. I love magazines, and I’ve been on and off with a dozen brands since the days I was old enough to print my name on a subscription card, but only two have stuck with me continuously for the last decade: Sports Illustrated and EW. My loyalty to SI is ...
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re: william wants a doll

Great question, and great response -- still figuring it out as you go along, as we all do, but I appreciate how thoughtful and honest you are about it.

re: baby without the maybe

Wow. Just lovely.

re: baby without the maybe


re: baby without the maybe


re: whose concept of conception?

There are lots of other things you should question about the RC Church.

re: open mind, closed marriage

Thoughtful and challenging--walking towards oncoming traffic and I'm walking with you!

re: winning isn't everything

The nice thing about a bad season is there's always next year. The bad thing about a winning season is there's always next year.

re: welcome to hollywoodn't

Good work.

re: my mother's daughter

A beautiful tribute.

re: my mother's daughter

Simply gorgeous, and lovely, and warm, and wonderful.

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