Here's What It Feels Like to Be a Fat Person on a Plane.

On a crack-of-dawn flight from New York City to Seattle recently, I had my first ever, um, altercation with a seat mate. I'd almost missed the plane—I was that person staggering on board just before the doors closed—and I'm sure he thought he was going to have the row all to himself. I flashed him an apologetic smile… » 12/24/13 11:00am 12/24/13 11:00am

Why No One Takes Having a Fear of Driving Seriously

I know so many people who are afraid of flying I almost wish I was a doctor so I could pass out Xanax prescriptions like they were candy. It's not that I can't understand being afraid of getting into a thing that's barreling through the sky while operated by two randos you've never met before, it's just that everyone… » 6/21/13 5:45pm 6/21/13 5:45pm

Younger Generation Totally Over Sex, Proclaims Someone in Older…

Fear of Flying author Erica Jong argues that this generation of young people have grown bored with sex. She knows this because she hangs out with young female writers sometimes, and they're apparently gazing wistfully to the morals of the 1950's, back before Erica Jong and her ilk made pre- and extra-marital sex fun… » 7/10/11 2:00pm 7/10/11 2:00pm

Poll: Who Should Play Isadora Wing In the Movie Version Of Fear Of…

Diane English, the woman who adapted » 9/11/08 2:30pm 9/11/08 2:30pm the forthcoming film , is adapting Erica Jong's classic feminist novel for the movies. heroine, Isadora Wing, is a poet in a marginally unhappy marriage who indulges in a number of sexually freeing affairs while at a psychiatry conference with her shrink husband in Vienna.…

Women More Likely To Survive Hurricanes, Less Likely To Live Through…

I have a deeply irrational fear of flying, and, according to Time staffer Amanda Ripley, the author of The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes-and Why , my fellow aviaphobes and I fear planes because of the dread equation. Ripley explains in an interview with Mother Jones, dread=uncontrollability +… » 6/10/08 4:00pm 6/10/08 4:00pm

Sexual Taboo-Busting German Novelist Inspired By Douches. Literally.

Meet Charlotte Roche, Germany's Erica Jong for the aughts. The former TV presenter's new novel, Wetlands, is causing causing quite the hubbub in Germany for its frank discussion of scatology and anatomy from the mouth of its 18-year-old narrator, Helen Memel. Roche, a self-proclaimed feminist, was inspired to write … » 6/06/08 9:30am 6/06/08 9:30am