Why Barbie Dolls Matter in the 2016 Presidential Election

For over fifty years the girls and young women of America have been told that we can be anything. But all we’ve really seen is our dolls becoming those things--until now.

A Broad, Studying: My Semester in London, 1977

When you live in another country, you learn that you carry the ability to make a life for yourself wherever you are. It's a lesson that should never be underestimated.

Were the 1970s Better or Worse Than the 60s?

Ah, the 1970s, when we used our own heads as one giant roller. When Jade East, English Leather, Herbal Essence, Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Pursettes filled our backpacks.

100 Books You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

Of all the novels on this list, how many have you read and enjoyed? Which books aren't here that you regard as essential? (Why aren't Hemingway or Melville here? I'm not a fan...)

Looking for Work? 9 Things You Need to Know and Do

Remember: there are a lot of jobs out there, just like there are a lot of apartments or potential true loves. You only need one. (You might want more, but you only need one.)

5 Powerful Strategies for Handling Unexpected Conflicts

Keep your sense of humor and make careful, gentle use of it. But guard against the temptation to become snarky. Lighten the mood; don’t unleash the sarcasm and satire that bites.

Making Your Inner Monologues More Effective: Use Your Name

If I started emailing myself notes "Dear nervous, hard-working Gina" when stressed, my friends wouldn't think I was getting healthy; they'd think I was going "Fight Club" on them.

Can Animals Be Holy?

A new book makes us question the sacred, the human and the future of our world.

The Best Book for Serious (And Humor) Writers

Advises Lerner, "If you are a writer, especially one who has been unable to make your work count or stick, you must grab your demons by the neck and face them down."

6 Slippery Truths About Summer

4. Playing with an outdoorsy accessory called a “fire pit” in your backyard does not make you One With the Elements or even one of the Mother of Dragons from “Game of Thrones.”

Six Honest Answers About Writing and Publishing Your Book

On my bulletin board at work, I’ve posted a small clip that reads: “Of the 86,000 new titles published in the UK in 2009, 59,000 sold an average of 18 copies.” Publishing is hard.

One Immigrant Woman's Story: What I Heard About Ellis Island

Some people cried because we would never see our homeland again in our lifetime except in our dreams. But I looked back and spit.

"I Can't Give You a Brain, But I Can Give You a Diploma"

Some projects — like acquiring a genuine education — are not best if you DIY. Sometimes you need a professional. Sometimes you need a professor.

Men's Lives: The Confluence, Fly-Fishing, Tall Tales and Art

The Confluence, a new book about men's lives, reminds us that life's most rewarding journeys don't have to involve danger or loss.

20 Rules for You to Live By

10. Power is the ability to persuade stupid people to do intelligent things and intelligent people to do stupid things. This is why power is dangerous.

Young Men, Masculinity and Rage

Nobody is more vicious, more dangerous to himself and others, than a young man in pain--especially one who has driven his own hurt so deeply inside himself that he can't name it.

Ouija Boards, Candles and a Dead Man's Clothes

We talked long into the night, my father, my husband and I, about the house I grew up in and how it never felt like home. We talked about ghosts and about what haunted us still.

What Do Your Favorite Posters and T-Shirts Say About You?

Sure, I once wore messages on T-shirts. But after a certain age, I no longer wanted folks to read my bust-line in order to grasp my perspective on cultural and political issues.

Why "Thank You" Notes Are Important. Write Them Today.

It's important to learn how to be grateful appropriately: the opposite of gratitude looks suspiciously like greed, pride and hubris.

How to Have The Best Birthday Ever: Celebrate Your REAL Age

Birthdays as a reward for having shown up 365 days in a row. It's like getting a badge for attendance.

Don't Say These 5 Things Before Somebody Leaves

You'll be recalled with more affection, respect and warmth if you're remembered with a cheering smile and not with sobs, snivels and the dry-heaves.

Paper-Free Life? What Do You Do If You Don't Doodle Anymore?

When I doodle, it's like part of my brain can go outside for recess while the rest of me sits up straighter and pays more attention. Let's hope Googling won't replace doodling.

5 Ways to Make Life Much Easier This Holiday Season

Clean Up As You Go: Get into the habit of the Three Cs: Clearing, cleansing and containment. Remember: this advice works as well outside the kitchen as it does inside the kitchen.

How to Celebrate Fake Tree Trauma and Family Messes

Laughter brings us a little closer to heaven - or at the very least, closer to each other. And that's what the holidays are for, after all.

'I'll Put Your Eye Out With This Fork': Family Memories

You’d look up and there would be a woman in a faded floral print house dress, hair in curlers, under a scarf and she’d be frustrated by something and you would cross her path.

Confronting Evil, Again

When we see photographs of the terrorists, they often look as affable as their victims. Shouldn’t they appear as something different? Pamela Katz discusses how Hannah Arendt’s genius was in recognizing the everyday nature of evil.

All Electronic Devices Should Be Off at the Table

These are kids for whom it is not unusual to make a quick leap from the first awakening of sexual awareness to the first consummation of sexual experience.

Why Is Your Relationship a Secret?

Historically, the closest a young woman could get to having power was to have sex with a man who had it. If the powerful man desires a woman privately, could he really deny publicly that she's the love of his life?

What I'm Reading Now

One of the main reasons I read outside my own narrow areas of individual expertise is to see whether I can reach over the intellectual fences demarcating professional fields and harvest something useful.

Why Halloween Can Bring Out The Best In Us

Halloween is all about trusting those you don’t know well, whether you are knocking on their doors or opening your own to them. How remarkable in today's world.