• When you have a minute, please check out my latest piece of writing—my review of Jennifer Baumgardner’s Look Both Ways. I fell in love with her work during my sophomore year of college when I discovered Manifesta, the book that she co-wrote with Amy Richards, and this new book doesn’t disappoint either.
  • I am unnaturally obsessed with Girlyman’s new album, Joyful Sign. I highly recommend giving them a listen and I give the following songs two thumbs way up: Good Enough, Through to Sunrise, St. Peter’s Bones, Joyful Sign, and You Were the Lie.
  • Although I completely disagree with 90% of the content of Howard Stern’s radio show, I have to take a moment to applaud him for attempting to take down American Idol. Way to subvert the dominant paradigm, Howard! Maybe he’ll take it once step further and stop perpetuating the women as meat fallacy? I dislike American Idol with such a passion for so many reasons (the untalented contestants, the machinery of music making that favors pop music, the fact that the show could be whittled down to less than 30 minutes if Fox wasn’t such advertising revenue whore). Stern told his viewers to vote for Sanjaya Malakar, quite possibly one of the least talented people to ever make it past the first round. I really hope that Stern’s audience has more clout than the millions of teeny boppers that vote for the other contestants.