Britt Peterson

The Novel of Female Ambition Evolves
May 03, 2013

It’s been hard for critics to write about Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings and Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs without leaving fictional territory a

Waterworld
July 30, 2012

The connection between swimming and growth lies at the heart of Leanne Shapton’s new book Swimming Studies, a beautifully written and illustrated medi

Painting Ugly
June 27, 2012

How Should a Person Be?, based on recorded conversations between Heti and her friends, describes a woman named Sheila making a life in Toronto after l

On Her Own Two Feet
March 05, 2012

The re-issue of two Elizabeth Taylor novels, A Game of Hide and Seek and Angel, is truly exciting. For years, Taylor’s short stories—painfully smart,

Two Therapies
November 04, 2010

This is a strange and often beautiful book, an adventure story and a love story and, at its best, a kaleidoscopic glimpse of New York City during the

The Goal Was Greatness
May 26, 2010

When you are an inarguably excellent novelist of the mid-twentieth century, with a solid trans-Atlantic reputation among critics and readers and stead

My Big Fat Eco-wedding
February 11, 2009

I recently downloaded the Real Simple (ha!) 16-month wedding checklist, in advance of my own upcoming nuptials, and was duly appalled, not only by the fact that, six months out, I'm apparently supposed to be booking portable toilets and composing a day-of timeline (isn't that something you do, like, the day of?), but also by the general excess, financial and otherwise, of the whole thing.

Unintended Metaphor Alert
November 21, 2008

  While the Vine doesn't endorse violence against animals, this video from the Huffington Post of Sarah Palin delivering a straight-faced interview in front of a tragic struggle between bird and man must be seen to be believed (h/t XX Factor). Does anyone doubt at this point that Palin was somehow invented by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert?  --Britt Peterson

From Each According To His Ability ...
June 12, 2008

Lest you think the ridiculously rich are somewhat lazy when it comes to environmentalism, The New York Times's Thursday Styles sets the record straight with a piece on shoppers buying gently used designer clothing from resale stores in an attempt to conserve money and valuable, valuable resources (i.e., the 7.3 percent of municipal waste that comes from rubber, leather, and textiles): "Both merchants and consumers say that purging the closet and buying castoffs can be cleansing for the soul. 'The whole idea of recycling and going green motivates some of our customers,' said Ms.

Amazon Deforestation Even Worse Than We Thought
June 10, 2008

This is hugely depressing: Despite the Brazilian government's recent crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, rates of deforestation are booming, with far more acreage clear-cut over the last nine months than were torched over the full year before that. The rates had been especially high in the 1990s, but slowed again in the early '00s, until a gradual uptick began a couple of years ago, culminating in the recent rise. And the year's deforestation is not even close to finished: "The Amazon's dry season, when farmers do most of their burning and clearing, starts this month.

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