My Street: It Takes a Neighborhood to Make a Home. Minnesota Women's Press, November 1, 2010.
Of course, my neighbors are more than just polite. As I note in my column, they are funny, smart, caring, generous, and most importantly, kind enough to keep silent about they times they've seen me naked.
I was polite, if not completely kind, in my latest work for Elevate Difference (formerly Feminist Review). But I was sorely disappointed in my subject, a book I hoped could provide practical advice and ideas to a burned-out social justice activist. Instead, I had to read 300 pages of warm fuzzies with all of the depth of an "ELECT ME!" campaign postcard. Ugh.
Review of Big Citizenship: How Pragmatic Idealism Can Bring Out the Best in America. Elevate Difference, November 9, 2010.
In the review, I note how guilty I feel for "nitpicking" a nice fellow like Alan Khazei for the crime of writing a boring book. I wrote the piece several weeks ago, yet the words appeared online when I was deep within a literal nitpicking of my own--my daughter brought home a infestation of kindergarten lice that upended our household for the better part of ten days. My husband, a neatnik who has learned to tolerate his wife's sloppiness, blew through our house with a combination of toxic shampoos and sprays that did little to prevent my karmic retribution. Yes, Alan Khazei, your nitpicky reviewer had to be nitpicked herself. Karma's a bitch!
Now I'm off to check my unpublished stuff for any hints of nastiness to come. I fear my manuscript may include cursing Michele Bachmann with an unending urinary tract infection....