Melissa Harris-Perry's Black Feminism Syllabus Is All Kinds of Amazing

Last week, whilst schooling Michelle Cottle on her insipid "Michelle Obama is a feminist nightmare" article, Melissa Harris-Perry quipped, "You might want to read up a little bit on black women and our feminism. I'm happy to send you a syllabus." To which the Internet responded, "Um, yes, please do." » 12/02/13 6:30pm 12/02/13 6:30pm

Alice Munro Becomes 13th Woman to Win Nobel Prize in Literature

Brilliant badass Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel Committee announced today. The 82-year-old Canadian short story virtuoso was incredibly Canadian about the honor, remarking that she hopes her win will draw attention to other talented Canadian writers. Classier than Lena Horne serving… » 10/10/13 9:30am 10/10/13 9:30am

The Shit My Dad Says Guy Gets Another Sitcom, But Where Are All the…

Justin Halpern is a lucky guy. His "Shit My Dad Says" Twitter scored him a sitcom deal about three months after he began the account. Unfortunately, after airing 18 episodes*, CBS pulled the plug and the show died a quick death. But don't cry for Halpern; he's already written a book called I Suck at Girls (ugh) that… » 1/25/13 5:45pm 1/25/13 5:45pm

Jennifer Weiner Thinks the New York Times Ought to Profile More Female…

In a recent NPR interview with David Greene, author Jennifer Weiner — whose bestselling fiction has often been derided by literary critics as "chick lit" — talked about her latest novel, the dearth of women in Hollywood writers' rooms, and her ongoing feud with the New York Times, which hasn't been very kind to… » 7/08/12 1:30pm 7/08/12 1:30pm

Are Women's Magazines the Key to Nurturing More Women Writers?

There's been an ongoing discussion about how poorly represented women are among the ranks of magazine writers. For instance, women wrote just 26.44 percent of New Yorker stories last year and only 16 percent of those in Harper's. But Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation (which does a bit better women-wise than… » 5/02/12 9:15pm 5/02/12 9:15pm

The Late Show Adds Jena Friedman To Writing Staff

Splitsider reports that the Late Show With David Letterman has hired local stand-up comic Jena Friedman, marking the first time in history that more than one woman has worked on the show's full-time writing staff. (The show's only other female writing staffer joined the team in 2009 — a time when there were no women… » 7/12/11 5:10pm 7/12/11 5:10pm