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Magazine stands are stuffed with Bust, Venus, Nylon and any number of mixed-interest hipster rags that include fashion spreads. This explosion, I think, can be fairly attributed to the rise in crafting and the proliferation of independent small labels and boutiques, both on the street and online. Which all sounds great, right? Except it's become dreadfully boring. Nature motifs, chunky knits, ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 19th, 2007

Cupcakes are inescapable these days. Ever since Carrie Bradshaw nibbled a Magnolia Bakery cupcake on Sex and the City, this snack once reserved for 1st grade birthday-treats-for-the-class has become the hippest member of the baked good family. A search of “cupcake” on Amazon returns such titles as Crazy About Cupcakes, 500 Cupcakes, Hey There, Cupcake!, Cupcakes Year-Round—the list goes on. Among ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 15th, 2007

Most of the women (and handful of men) who write for BITCH came up during an era in pop culture that I barely remember; the early '90s offered bisexual Kurt Cobain in a dress, a surge of female musicians fed up with a mostly male punk scene, and straight, butch women like Cheers' Carla and Roseanne Barr, who got sex, love, and respect without reaching for lip gloss. It was an era that widely assu ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 7th, 2007

I've always held that the single thread that binds all writers is truth. Whether prose, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, speculative, slipstream, whatever, writers strive to instill a modicum of truth in their final products, something relatable. Fiction, certainly, is saddled with the additional challenge of delivering truth at the expense of fact: these events never happened, and these people do n ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 3rd, 2007

Do we really need a nine eleven novel? After all of the public grief, healing, commission hearings, justice, and vengeance, not to mention the bombastic chronicling, what is there left to say about America’s sacred cow? That we ‘feel bad?’ And am I the only one who thought Jonathan Safran Foer’s second novel was Extremely Sappy and Incredibly Melodramatic? Five years after, Jess Walter, auth ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 2nd, 2007

Reading Courtney Eldridge's collection of short fiction, Unkempt, I'm struck by the same old dilemma--do I review the book as a whole, or examine each story as an end in itself? As a whole product, it's short (seven stories and one novella), and terribly unwieldy. Eldridge writes in a single voice, one punctuated with "like" and "you know," whether that character is a middle-aged Midwesterner or ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 28th, 2006

A good noir is often like an autopsied mystery, with all the gory bits on display, weighed and measured, to arrive at some kind of truth about humanity. Usually that it sucks. Remove the flawless, virtuous detective and replace him or her with a struggling antihero. Trade exotic locals for a staid backdrop of urban decay. Hit the dimmer switch. Add a dash of cultic slang. That's noir. Full ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 14th, 2006

I first came across Dream Whip, through its tenth issue, when I was living in my parent's house in small town Maryland. This was six or so years ago, during a time when I was embarking on my first significant road trips, and Dream Whip fueled my daydreams of exploring further than Philly, New York or Toronto. I wanted to go west, as Bill Brown does, in his seemingly endless voyages throughout th ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 5th, 2006

Julie/Julia is based on Powell's blog, which chronicled her attempt to complete every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year. Facing thirty, bored by rotating temp jobs, and contemplating having a child, Powell sets up an interesting premise about a modern woman grasping for simplicity and meaning through food. Unfortunately, she makes many mistakes in her pres ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 4th, 2006

I met Michael LaRiccia at this year's Small Press Expo and spying my press badge, he offered the first installment of his graphic novel, Black Mane, for review. I flipped through the slim volume, half-listening to his spiel (everyone has a spiel at SPX) until I heard 'male violence'. Perking up, wondering if I somehow radiated FEMINIST, I noticed LaRiccia, unlike many of the vendors I had encou ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 29th, 2006

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