Colbert Report: Andrew Solomon, Far from the Tree

Last night on The Colbert Report, Stephen interviewed Andrew Solomon on his new book Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. It sounds interesting!  I think there’s something a little troubling about the way he defines “dramatically different,” because focusing on differences such as disability, criminality, mental illness, transgender experience, or … Continue reading

Don and Sally: Mad Men 6.13: “In Care Of”

So,  no one died. I just watched the Mad Men season 6 finale and I just have a few thoughts. There wasn’t much in the finale regarding Sally and Don, but what there was was pretty significant. Let’s not forget, also, that the title of the finale, “In Care Of” references the letters getting sent … Continue reading

Sally Draper, Badass: Mad Men 6.12

In Mad Men 6.12 “The Quality of Mercy,” we see the fallout from Sally’s discovery about Don begin to unfold. I was surprised, however, that it came in the form of a request to go to boarding school. Betty senses that something’s up, but assumes it’s something more run of the mill than walking in … Continue reading

What Sally Saw: Mad Men 6.11 “Favors”

“Dear God,” is right. And has Don ever looked worse? [If you haven’t watched tonight’s Mad Men, you might want to stop here for now.] A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an overly-long post about Sally Draper and how she functions on a symbolic level on Mad Men. One of the layers of meaning … Continue reading

TED Fellow Naomi Natale lays One Million Bones on the National Mall

Originally posted on TED Blog:
This weekend, thousands gathered in Washington, DC, to help lay one million handmade representations of human bones — 1,018,260 bones, to be exact — on the National Mall. This breathtaking installation created a haunting river of bones leading to the US Capitol, and represents the culmination of a nearly five-year social…