How Trump inspired ‘Roseanne’

Originally published in Politico Magazine. In the first episode of “Roseanne,” the ’90s sitcom that launches a revival run on ABC on Tuesday, we learn that Roseanne Conner and her sister Jackie haven’t spoken in a year, on account of the 2016 election. Roseanne, played by the outspoken comedian Roseanne Barr, voted for Donald Trump.Continue reading “How Trump inspired ‘Roseanne’”

Why isn’t Hillary Clinton moving on?

Originally published in Politico Magazine. It’s tough to lose an election for student council, let alone for president. So it made sense that, after November 2016, Hillary Clinton would have spent some time wallowing in the past, howling at the universe with a side of Chardonnay. That’s the frame of mind she described in WhatContinue reading “Why isn’t Hillary Clinton moving on?”

Doritos and a Lady-Friendly Future

Originally published in WBUR’s Cognoscenti. Don’t talk to me right now. I am sad, in the way that only a hormonal woman can be sad, about the fact that Doritos won’t be coming out with a line of “lady-friendly” junk food. Word of that glorious product spread like wildfire after Indra Nooyi, the (female) CEOContinue reading “Doritos and a Lady-Friendly Future”

Oh, the places you’ll go when you’re blinded by politics

Originally published in WBUR’s Cognoscenti By now, you’ve likely heard about the Cambridge school librarian and her open letter to Melania Trump. The First Lady had committed the act of sending the school 10 free Dr. Seuss books, in honor of National Read a Book Day. The librarian published a blog post rejecting the giftContinue reading “Oh, the places you’ll go when you’re blinded by politics”

The actress who rethought gender in the workplace

Originally published in Politico Magazine To understand the complex dynamics of gender and equality in the workplace, you could read academic treatises, review statistics, absorb a million think pieces in a million magazines. Or you could watch the 49th episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. In The Good-Time News, which first aired in SeptemberContinue reading “The actress who rethought gender in the workplace”

Why Matt Lauer’s firing feels different

Originally published in Politico Magazine Even if you weren’t a faithful viewer of NBC’s “Today”—even if you were inclined to feel a little cynical about the whole morning TV enterprise—the news of Matt Lauer’s termination hit like an earthquake. It’s not just that another prominent media name wound up on the list of men behavingContinue reading “Why Matt Lauer’s firing feels different”

Dogless and disheartened

Originally published in the Boston Globe Magazine Several years ago my husband and I did something singularly unwise: Promised our kids, via some combination of Santa Claus and the ancient Hanukkah miracle, that we would acquire a dog in the coming calendar year. It seemed a simple task: Rescue dogs were all the rage, soContinue reading “Dogless and disheartened”

Why won’t TV show people who aren’t rich?

Originally published in Politico Magazine This year marks the final season of what might be the most underappreciated sitcom on TV, ABC’s “The Middle.” It’s a single-camera show about an Indiana family—the title refers to its characters’ Middle-American, middle-class existence—and unlike the edgy comedies and tear-jerker dramas that dominate awards time, its humor is unapologeticallyContinue reading “Why won’t TV show people who aren’t rich?”

The political power of outsider women

  Originally published in the Boston Globe Magazine A YEAR AGO, Jackie Katz wouldn’t have called herself a political person. She voted. She followed the news. But the Wellesley High School history teacher, 34, says she “was one of those people who was disillusioned about politics. Because this system feels broken and corrupt.” Then cameContinue reading “The political power of outsider women”

‘What Happened’? A better question might be: Why write it?

Originally published in the Boston Globe. One of the enduring critiques of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign was her failure to explain her vision in a cogent, compelling way — to give a reason “why,” beyond a justified feeling that she wanted the job, and could do it well. This was partly cliché, another piece ofContinue reading “‘What Happened’? A better question might be: Why write it?”