Post-40 Bloomers Archives - The Millions

October 19, 2016

The Legacy of Margaret Sanger: On Sabrina Jones’s ‘Our Lady of Birth Control’ 1


When we consider “life-changing” advances we tend to think of things like electricity or automobiles. Birth control never makes the list. But the ability for women to take a pill and choose when or whether to get pregnant is revolutionary.

August 17, 2016

Maker & Marketer: An Interview With Caitlin Hamilton Summie 0


“There is a vibrant, different literary world outside New York — and some incredible work being done — and I think the presumption that the best of literature is in New York or that New York is the center of literary life is in fact damaging.”

July 7, 2016

It’s Complicated: On Amy Gustine’s ‘You Should Pity Us Instead’ 1


Gustine treats her characters — and thus her readers — with dignity and compassion. Our complications, she demonstrates with each story, may drive us and often damage us, but they’re important.

May 4, 2016

Does Becoming a Mother Mean Immolation? 2


Know the Mother is a welcome antidote to the fetishization of motherhood that tends to reach its obscenely sugar-coated peak in the month of May.

April 6, 2016

Awaiting the Next Revival: In Search of Isabel Bolton 0


Isabel Bolton has fallen into obscurity a second time. How and why does this happen? What accounts for the failure of a work to catch hold, in spite of outstanding reviews?

March 10, 2016

What’s So Civil About War, Anyway? On Occupation and Rebirth 1


Andrea Molesini’s novel offers up the other side of the well-worn battle story — the tension of a quiet occupation, in which the veneer of civility remains in place, like a shattered mirror whose shards of glass need only a tap to come cascading down.

June 24, 2015

Small Victories, Large Discoveries: On Fishes, Ponds, and Finding Open Spaces 1


That not all good or great art is recognized is easy to forget. We can too readily entrust tastemakers of the day — the Academie of 1874 France, A-list publishing houses and magazines, even the Twitter kings and queens — to point us to ideas, works, and forms that are worthwhile.

June 18, 2015

A True Radical: Mary Daly, Desire, and Exuberant Feminist Ethics 4


She found the lectures stifling, but the intellectual demands bracing. She called it “seven years’ ecstatic experience interspersed with brief periods of gloom…a sort of lengthy spiritual-intellectual chess game.”

April 14, 2015

Punk Rock Indeed: The Two Sides of Viv Albertine 3


She picks up a guitar because that’s what a music-loving art school girl does, with no illusions about becoming a musician. “Mick and I go to Denmark Street to choose a guitar. I’ve got no idea what to look for. I might as well be going to buy a semi-automatic weapon.”

February 20, 2015

Secret Lives: Katherine Heiny’s ‘Single, Carefree, Mellow’ 2


Almost a quarter-century after the day that Roger Angell called you with the news that he wanted to publish your story, a book with your name on it is at last out in the world and bringing you acclaim that surprises you.