The body is a complicated thing, not only in the way it is perceived by others but also in the way we perceive it ourselves. ...more
Tags: accessibility, bodies, body image, cerebral palsy, disability, fat, fatness, hunger, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Keah brown, obesity, Roxane Gay, vulnerability
Poverty may have been beloved of St. Francis, but not so much by the rest of us. Nobody likes to look at advanced poverty, toothless and drooling, clutching the hands of children who have running sores on their filthy legs. Poverty is a crackhead who pisses on the pavement, and sleeps with fleas and stray […]
Tags: ACA, accidents, addiction, Affordable Care Act, alcoholism, alternative facts, asthma, capitalism, car accident, charity, Charles Kruger, cigarettes, depression, Donald Trump, greed, health care reform, health insurance, Meals on Wheels, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, NEA, NEH, New York Times, obesity, oligarchy, Poor, poverty, shame, The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse, theatre, theatrestorm, Trump
Roxane Gay discusses her new collection,
Difficult Women, the problem with whiteness as the default and the need for diverse representation, and life as a workaholic. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Abigail Bereola, African American Literature, ambition, An Untamed State, ayiti, bad feminist, black ambition, Black Panther, body image, Break All the Way Down, Comics, crazy women, Difficult Women, diversity, Donald Trump, election 2016, essays, fame, gender, gender norms, genre, Gina Prince-Bythewood, grief, Haiti, hunger, Joyland, literary tropes, loss, Marvel, masculinity, memoir, obesity, Pain, rape, representation, Roxane Gay, sexual violence, short fiction, short stories, siblings, sisters, stories, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Hunger Games, trauma, Trump, Twins, twitter, violence, VQR, weight, whiteness, women writers, Women Writers of Color, workaholic, World of Wakanda, writers of color
Suzanne Koven talks to food journalist, author, and activist Mark Bittman about his “Big Idea”—how food has changed in the last fifty years, and how to teach our children to eat better.
Tags: activism, Alice Waters, Berkeley Food Institute, California Matters, cookbooks, cooking, diet, eating, ethics, farming, feminism, food, health, How to Cook Everything, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, Interviews, journalism, Mark Bittman, obama, obesity, Rachel Laudan, Suzanne Koven, The Big Idea, The Kitchen Matrix, the new york times, The Purple Carrot, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6P.M. to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health for Good, workers rights, writing
Lindy West on what it was like being a fat bride, and the public politics of private acts: But “beauty” is a fraught concept. There’s an awkward three-way tension between wedding culture and feminism and fat acceptance – because of what “acceptance” demands of women in our culture, a lot of fat activism takes the […]
Author Kara Richardson Whitely discusses her new memoir,
Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds, surviving food addiction and the trauma of being molested, and what comes next. ...more
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According to your average weight-height chart, I’m “obese”: six feet tall and 250 pounds. I should be, according to these charts, somewhere between 140 and 180 pounds. I tell my wife this and her look askance suggests that either I am what they say, and she’s worried; or “they” are crazy. I think the latter […]
A first novel by playwright Jillian Weise tackles the moral and ethical questions surrounding both medical research and human relationships.