The VIDA Count of Women Authors: Major Media Was "Dudeville" in 2013

Was 2013 a good year for female writers? Well, it depends. If you're looking at the big literary magazines -- The Atlantic, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic -- it was terrible. So says VIDA, a group that painstakingly tallies the gender disparity in major literary publications and book reviews. Image Credit: VIDA ...more
nellewrites  So true. Just after I wrote this post, the Women's Media Center issued its annual ...more

You Can Find Strange Connections on Social Media

Yesterday, I was editing a post on BlogHer, a cautionary tale on using images on your blog. (Uh, if you haven't read what happened to this blogger, you really should. Because I see illegally used images on your blogs all the time when I'm reading. Please be careful. And kind.) I squinted at the name of the artist whose image had been stolen: Marian Osher. She was my childhood art teacher. ...more
Love your stories, Mel! I recently received an email from an author offering me a review copy of ...more

Clean Up Your Computer Day

A lot of people I know are doing some de-cluttering and organizing this month, whether they've made resolutions to do so or not. The new year is just one of those times when people have the urge to DO things, CLEAN things, and ORGANIZE things. While you're in the mood to tidy up, take an hour or two and clean up your computer. You might even want to do it today since it's "Clean Out Your Computer Day". Here are some tips to help you get started....more
Great reminders. I just found and deleted 33 unpublished drafts in my blog! Now if I can only ...more

5 Great Blogs by Black Women

February is Black History Month, and in honor of the occasion, we’re highlighting some blogs that shed light on the rich and varied experiences of African Americans. Check them out and tell us if you have other blogs to share! ...more
Welcome to BlogHer, vixenvarsity !more

An Interview with BlogHer Food '14 Keynoter, Author, Chef, and Blogger: David Lebovitz!

Update: David will be selling and signing his new book after the keynote! ...more
I took a cooking class with David many, many years ago and can tell you he is a fun and fabulous ...more

President Obama’s State of the Union: The Most Social Media Ever?

At a time when second-term President Obama is facing low approval ratings, tonight’s State of the Union address is becoming even more interactive online than ever. The White House website will be streaming the speech, and a team of five of the president’s top staff will be taking questions online immediately following the address. ...more
Rita Arens Good point about how so many of us are busy at that time of day! I'll be listening to ...more

(Updated With Photos) Elisa, Erin, and I Went to the GRAMMYs. Here's What It Was Like.

"It's the day of the show, ya'll!" -- Waiting for Guffman It's the day of the GRAMMYs. It's the day of the GRAMMYs! Primping has commenced, a dress has been selected and will be slithered into, and it's time to get started with the onslaught of music royalty! I'm here with Elisa Camahort Page and Erin Groh of BlogHer -- back in Los Angeles just a week after I left "for good."...more
You ladies all look so fabulous! Fun to live vicariously through you ;)more

US Olympic Skaters: American Doesn't Mean White, Or Does It?

When I first showed my mother in law a picture of my family she said, "So your father's American and your mother's Filipino.""Well, both my parents are American citizens but yes, my father's Polish-American and my mother's Filipino-American."...more
I've heard a lot of comments to the effect of... if Michelle Kwan and Kristy Yamaguchi can be ...more

Martin Luther King Day, My Memories

Annice, 1967As I sat down to my computer this morning, I was going to write about a disturbing film I saw the other night but then, I realized it was MLK Day, and the film id...more
So interesting to hear your recollections of both Martin Luther King's death and Kent State. ...more

US Olympic Skaters: American Doesn't Mean White, Or Does It?

When I first showed my mother in law a picture of my family she said, "So your father's American and your mother's Filipino.""Well, both my parents are American citizens but yes, my father's Polish-American and my mother's Filipino-American."...more
Here's another article about this ...more