Mar 26, 2012 by Lauren | 16 comments
Greetings readers and the reading-curious! I’ll be in fabulous NYC this week to take part in David Levithan’s NYC Teen Author Festival. For those of you who don’t know David, he’s the genius who delivered Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games to the world. As part of the general celebration of all things dystopian, I’ll be speaking on a panel called Things Fall Apart: World Building and World Destroying in YA,…
Mar 9, 2012 by Lauren
Apparently my three part feminist manifesto (or womanifesto as someone cleverly termed it) was a bit too vague for some people. Funny, because I thought I was making myself clear. But apparently the Arizona Senate believes it’s OK to permit doctors to withhold information about a pregnant woman’s fetus if said doctor feels that to reveal such information might lead the woman to seek an abortion. So, if, for example,…
Mar 5, 2012 by Lauren | 16 comments
Recent events have demonstrated that some members of our society have gotten the impression that they can hurl me and my sisters back to the dark ages. In short: nuh-uh. I shall elaborate. 1. To religious leaders: Any organization that consistently threatens women’s freedom, health or privacy will no longer be given a free pass simply because its philosophy is rooted in religion. Magical thinking is no excuse for corrupting…
Jan 25, 2012 by Lauren
As anyone who’s been following my tweets knows, I’m in between novels right now. I’ve turned Novel #4 over to my agent. It’s her problem now. So it’s on to Novel #5. Yippee! In my effort to zero in on a world class heavy weight champion of a story, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, freewriting, staring blankly, bookshelf reorganizing, etc. Then I came upon Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies…
Jan 5, 2012 by Lauren | 2 comments
Rick Santorum may have saved his wife’s life, but he doesn’t want you to know that. Here’s his version of what happened after he and his wife chose to perform fetal surgery on their baby, as told to NPR’s Terry Gross: Like many medical procedures, there’s a risk of infection, and when the procedure was done-obviously you open up the womb to outside instruments and other things when you have…