Sarah M.

Web Site: http://www.sunsetandecho.com


Imaginary Idols Redux

March 28, 2014
Imaginary Idols Redux

Yesterday, March 27, 2014, NBCUniversal announced that Television Without Pity would be shut down, effective April 4, 2014. There is a lot to be said about TWoP’s role in developing the critical voice of enthusiasm with which many of us still speak about the popular culture we love (and love to hate). And, beyond its larger cultural significance, TWoP...
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Lady Professor Conference Fashions

March 11, 2014
Lady Professor Conference Fashions

The last question was the hardest: “But what should I wear?” I was on a professionalization panel for graduate students, brought in to discuss protocols and strategies for attending academic conferences.  “Well,” I answered.  “Deciding what to wear is really hard. ” Probably it shouldn’t be hard.  After all, if there’s any place when...
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The Unbearable Awesomeness of Lululemon Pants

June 4, 2013
The Unbearable Awesomeness of Lululemon Pants

Lululemon running pants are awesome but they cost fucktons of money.  It’s a problem.  No one likes to admit they are spending $88 on a small piece of stretchy fabric when you could get an almost equally good small piece of stretchy fabric at Target for $22. I myself have just acquired my first...
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Imaginary Idols

January 17, 2013
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Yesterday, March 27, 2014, NBCUniversal announced that Television Without Pity would be shut down, effective April 4, 2014. There is a lot to be said about TWoP’s role in developing the critical voice of enthusiasm with which many of us still speak about the popular culture we love (and love to hate). And, beyond...
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Knowing Terrible Things

December 17, 2012
Knowing Terrible Things

Of the uncertainties circulating on Friday one crucial question recurred: should I tell my children? There are many important and valid reasons why one might not. But here is one reason why the answer might be yes. This website has mostly been about learning how to know wonderful things. Knowledge and emotion should be...
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Top Seven Ladies Who Could Have Used Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate

November 2, 2012
Top Seven Ladies Who Could Have Used Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate

Here’s a thing about my students: they cannot imagine a world without birth control. Or rather, it does not occur to them that a world without birth control is something that needs to be imagined. The young women I teach are all on birth control.  All the women they know are on birth control,...
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Avidly Reviews: Occupying Cloud Atlas

October 25, 2012
Avidly Reviews: Occupying Cloud Atlas

At the exact midpoint of the novel Cloud Atlas, in a post-apocalyptic future with nuclear contamination so severe that children are born deformed more often than not, the narrator watches the birth of a baby—his baby—who is born without a mouth. The baby dies within moments, panicked but silent, held in his helpless parents’ arms....
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