Sunday, July 25, 2010

Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation, by Elissa Stein and Susan Kim

When this book first came out, I was intrigued, but still feeling a little burnt out on all the menstruation-talk, so I put off buying/reading it.

The other day I found out my local library has it for lending, so I finally started reading it a couple days ago. I wish I wouldn't have waited so long!

I'm not that far into it yet, but so far, I LOVE IT. Flow is the book I wish I had written. It's very fun, but at the same time very informative. I thought I knew it all, but I've found a good amount of information. And the things I did know already, Flow has expanded on more thoroughly.

I know I've said before that I'm not really good at reviewing books/movies/music/etc., but I'll try to get better at it as I read this book so that I can effectively convey its awesomeness.

In the meantime, please enjoy this picture of my cat with the book:
If she knew how to read, I bet she'd be more into it.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Back again

So... I realize that it's been close to two years since I've written anything here. Consider it acknowledged, and now we can move on.

This week, three things have happened in a row that make me think I should get back into the game here.

MONDAY: I've been pretty seriously thinking about grad school the past week or so, and decided to revisit my thesis that I wrote with this project as an undergrad. Still fairly awesome, if I do say so myself.

TUESDAY: At my favorite used bookstore (holla!), I found a copy of The Curse, by Karen Houppert, which I immediately snatched (oho, see what I did there?) up.

TODAY: Tonight I got an awesome email from a gal in Portland who's working on something similar for one of her women's studies classes. I get emails from time to time, but for some reason tonight's convinced me to title myself Radical Menstruator.

Other things factoring into my decision to continue blogging:
  • My zine, Menstruator Extraordinaire, has been reviewed in Brazil, thereby making me an international writer.
  • Thinking about the Feministing redesign has me all excited about blogging.
  • Various smarty pants people keep telling me I'm a good writer.
  • I'm only working like half-to-three-fourths of a job right now, so I've got a good amount of time on my hands.
  • For the first time in a long time, I'm no longer stealing my neighbors' internets, so I can actually blog without giving myself a frustration brain-hemorrhage when things don't go through right.
Hope this goes well! Feel free to hit me up, because obviously my ego is enormous. :)


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