Writers hope their work will resonate with readers. There must be truthfulness permeating our work for it to connect with audiences, no matter what genre we're writing in. Fiction and nonfiction are not as disparate as some might claim. In fact, outdated historical notions that polarize "fact" and "fiction" have long been called into question and deemed erroneous by many. We understand that real life experiences necessarily shape the content of fiction just as ... Read More
Katrina Gilbert is one in a million – one in 42 million, to be exact. The subject of the new HBO documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert--part of the series The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink--Gilbert is a single mother of three struggling to get ahead in a system that seems designed to see her fail.  With such mind-boggling statistics – 42 million American women and 28 million ... Read More
Fort Tilden, a new film by rising directors/writers Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, just won the grand jury prize at the SXSW film festival in Austin. Allie (Clare McNulty) and Harper (Bridey Elliott) are my next door neighbors back home in Brooklyn... or they could be. Like a good post-Seinfeld New Yorker, I don't actually know my neighbors very well. The truth is, the writers/directors of this film should be commended for their tongue-in-cheek accuracy ... Read More
  The first doc I’ve seen here at the SXSW festival is VESSEL, a powerful, knock-your-Socks-off documentary directed by Diana Whitten, centering on the Dutch abortion rights activist Dr. Rebecca Gomperts. Gomperts’s idea was to sail a ship flying the Dutch flag to countries where abortion is illegal and take women out 11 miles out into international waters to perform legal abortions. Talk about fearless in the face of adversity; WOW!  The ... Read More
Thanks to her starring role in the girl-powered sci-fi epic Divergent, actress Shailene Woodley is quickly becoming Hollywood’s next “it” girl. Here, she opens up about sisterhood, sound bites, and staying hippie-dippie.Dress: Meskita; Slip: Johnny Was; Bracelets: Dream Collective; Ring and Necklace: Gabriela ArtigasThe first thing I notice about Shailene (pronounced “Shay-LEEN”) Woodley is her feet—they’re bare. She’s just arrived at ... Read More
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