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Big Brother (by Lionel Shriver) Is Watching Your Weight

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Lynne Murray says: I recently read (and screamed a lot) at a New York Magazine piece,  “Warning: I Will Employ the Word ‘Fat’”, by Lionel Shriver, promoting her novel Big Brother. Shriver is attempting to write not about fat itself, but about how the world sees fat, which she apparently thinks is a fixed point […]

Turning the Princess Narrative Sideways

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Lynne Murray and Debbie say: Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture, blogs about her struggle with the creeping princess contagion: When I first started writing about the Disney Princesses, people assumed my beef was with the girl waiting around to be rescued by […]

Rage Against the Diet ex Machina: Does That Mean I’m Pro-Fat?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: The Greeks had a word for it–deus ex machina. Playwrights who got their characters into an unsolvable predicament would trundle out a piece of stage equipment, a crane or mekhane, to lower actors playing gods onto the stage. The god characters would then solve the mortals’ problems. Fat characters in fiction often […]

Huge: When a Fat-Positive TV Series Transcends Its Source Material

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: I heard a lot about the TV series, Huge, before I found out it was based on a book by the same name. I watched the  clip of the scene that opens the series where the incandescently subversive Nikki Blonsky turns a fat camp weigh-in into a rebellious (and hot) striptease act. […]

Outlaw Bodies, edited by Lori Selke and Djibril al-Ayad

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Debbie says: Lori Selke is a friend of mine and a regular commenter on this blog, so this is not an “objective” review (of course, there is no such thing as an objective review). I have been reading science fiction for over fifty years (!). I have been hanging out in the science fiction/speculative fiction […]

The Horror, the Horror! Fear of Zombies and Fat People

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Lynne Murray says: A zombie character popped up among the vampires and ghosts in a book I’m writing so I have been looking into their lore. Paranormal creatures obey the rules of the story they live in. As a non-fan of gore, I’m creating a zombie with better table manners than the mindless, chewing-on-the-general-public zombies–more […]

The Falstaff Vampire Files

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Lynne Murray says: I am so happy to see the cover of my new book, The Falstaff Vampire Files, right over there on the right-hand column of Body Impolitic! Part of the inspiration for the book was a Bay Area activist for fat men, who liked my mysteries featuring, Josephine Fuller, sleuth of size, but […]

Why Write Erotica?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Debbie says: We’re delighted to host guest blogger Mary Anne Mohanraj. I was thinking about why I write erotica. It’s a different answer now than it was when I first started writing, twenty years ago. I was twenty years old; I had recently discovered sex, and was still kind of blown away. Hormones were running […]

BarbaraNeely and The Help

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Laurie says: This blog started out to be about a post BarbaraNeely wrote for the AARP at 70 about becoming 65. It really impressed me the first time I read it, but when I read it again before writing this, I realized that while it was a good post, it  caught me because of who […]

Spinning a Dream that Includes Us–My Journey with Larger Than Death

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Lynne Murray says: I spent a long time crafting a sentence that would introduce the heroine of my mystery series to the world. When I started reading it out loud at signings, people gasped on more than one occasion. Sadly, all these years later, I know it still shocks some people. Larger Than Death begins: […]

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