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The slow but (hopefully) steady erosion of our gender stereotypes

The slow but (hopefully) steady erosion of our gender stereotypes

For our book club, we’re reading the 2003 novel “We Need to Talk About Kevin” by Lionel Shriver.* I, Lo, knowing nothing about the book or its author, began reading and was amazed that a male author could create a female narrator that sounded so authentic and convincing, especially regarding childbirth and motherhood. That is, until halfway through the book when I happened to catch a glimpse of the author photo on the inside back flap: turns out Lionel is a woman.

Hip reads for 2012

Hip reads for 2012

We know it’s hard to invest in a story, play, or essay these days. But with Kindles, Nooks, iPads, old fashion print, and audio books, there are convenient ways to keep your brain stimulated and find time to text. Besides, looking like you care about something other than a video game score during your morning commute totally increases your sexy points in the voyeuristic eyes of fellow passenger. Here’s a list of new releases for 2012 that should keep you current, occupied, and slightly out of reach from all your fans.

Random brainstorming tool

Random brainstorming tool

Hit a creative wall? The Brainstormer is there to the rescue! Andrew Bosley created an online flash spin wheel that will spit out random suggestions from three categories. You can spin each category individually or click on the “random” button to let the programmed chance of fate automatically provide suggestions. This is a great easy…