Monday, September 17, 2018 - 10:41am
David Sedaris

I am enthralled with Sedaris’s eye for the strange, and for how he manages to juxtapose his own trials with the oddities he comes across.

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 4:37pm
Colleges and universities provide health care and insurance to millions of young American students, but these health plans often do not adequately cover sexual health resources or services such as condoms and birth control.

Sending contraceptives through the mail seems like a remnant of the early 20th century when methods of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases were largely relegated to legally-murky backchannels. But 86 years after Margaret Sanger’s shipment of diaphragms to a New York City doctor was confiscated, students at Catholic universities are using anonymous texting services and covertly mailed packages to circumvent their schools’ restrictions on sexual health products.

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 7:59pm

Good essays about reading expose it in all its contradiction: both intimate and public, solitary and expansive.

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 12:52pm
Hannah Gadsby on stage

“Seventy-percent of the people who raised me, who loved me, who I trusted, believed that homosexuality was a sin,” says Hannah Gadsby in her new comedy special, “Nanette”—and there’s no punchline to ease that fact. Is this even stand-up? Is it a recorded therapy session? A TED talk? “Nanette”, which was released on Netflix in late June, is billed as a comedy special, but it transcends genre to function as a profoundly destabilizing piece of visual art. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 4:37pm

In another life, Curtis Sittenfeld could have been a psychologist. Instead, she became a writer — and thank god she did. Sittenfeld is a keen, careful observer of human behavior and her first collection of short stories, “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” is aptly named. Sittenfeld says exactly what we didn’t even know we were thinking. As usual, she is a haunting master of language, fulfilling her promise to say the things we are thinking, used to think or will one day think. “Oh, our private habits, our private selves,” she writes.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 8:04pm
Fleetwood Diner

There’s no doubt that Fleetwood thrives after 11 p.m., so much so that going there while it’s still light out feels almost bizarre. Nighttime is when the most eclectic crowds flock to the diner. Ann Arborites who’ve been coming here since before current college freshman were even born cram in beside students ready to debrief about the night’s drama; this is a place where the usual town-gown divide seems to disappear completely.

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 3:23pm

None of the characters are especially invested in what happens to them, and it’s that lack of interest and agency that ultimately sabotages the novel.

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 3:18pm

It wasn’t until I read ‘The Awakening’ that I knew how I wanted to write.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 8:47pm
"A Woman, In Bed"

It’s rare to find an insistently feminist novel or even one willing to fully describe the complexly entangled pains and joys of womanhood.

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 3:46pm

Clive Cussler is certainly not for everyone, but he deserves a chance.