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Music Matters: Singing My Life Back To Me

(Neko Case, "This Tornado Loves You," lyrics here.) In that way that some people (read: me) obsessively decide which three wishes they'd choose if they had three wishes, I have considered carefully whose voice I would want if some fairy godmother appeared and granted me the power to actually not sound like a squawking turkey when I sing. The choice gets tougher, though, between the top two.

Grand Rounds: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: Slow Night, So Long

This week on Grey's Anatomy, Dr. Yang takes a trip to the Coyote Ugly, Dr. Avery's dark past comes to the fore, Dr. Grey and Dr. Karev strike out on their own to save a patient's life, and a whole lot of people get drunk. Really drunk.

Find out what the Grand Rounds crew thought of it all, after the jump!

BitchTapes: Rock en Fran

Due to the dominance of the English language in rock 'n' roll, many artists who have chosen to record in their native language have not gained world-wide prominence. To see what else was out there, I went on a music research quest resulting in this week's BitchTapes mix of songs all recorded in French. Some current electronic French acts, a few synth songs from the '80s, some current rock, and...

On Our Radar

It's Friday, which means you get to kick off your weekend with some of the links that had us atwitter* this week:

  • First, you probably read about Tina Fey being censored on PBS in her acceptance speech for the Mark Twain Award. If you didn't, here's the clip (skip to 12:30ish for the cut clip):


Bechdel Test Canon: Girls Town

I'll hazard that many of Bitch's core readership grew up during the 1990s, potentially influenced by the mainstream success of alternative rock. Based on the recent success of Sara Marcus' Girls to the Front: The True Story of Riot Grrrl Revolution and Marisa Meltzer's Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music, as well as the possible relaunch of Sassy...

Political InQueery: Big Talkers

Whatever sense one makes of the midterm elections this year, some people in Congress now claim they have a mandate or at the very least, a bully pulpit from which they can advance their own agendas, no matter their sensibility or lack thereof. As we press into the weekend before our collective, supposed Thanksgiving next Thursday, let's take a look at who has made vocal declarations for the...

From the Library: Our Book Club Reads (and Loves) Gaudy Night

On Tuesday night, the Bitch Book Club got together to discuss Gaudy Night, a mystery novel by Dorothy Sayers that was first published in 1935. While snacking on cinnamon rolls and apple rosemary scones donated by Dovetail Bakery, we talked about this smart and witty book that has gained a reputation as the first feminist novel of its genre.

Music Matters: Sex, Guns'N'Roses, Nine Inch Nails, and My Misspent Youth

There always comes a point, when someone asks me to write for them, that I decide it's time to write about sex. When it comes to a column about music, that's not as difficult as you might think. Sex is everywhere in pop music—rock 'n' roll, hip hop, r...

Are your grandparents feeling down? Try superhero therapy!

If your grandma seems out of sorts at Thanksgiving dinner next week, ask her to consider Superhero Therapy. That's the solution French photographer Sacha Goldberger came up with when he discovered that his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika was feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her up, he suggested that they shoot a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses, and...

Douchebag Decree: Americans for Truth About Homosexuality

This week the douchetacular group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, whose name invokes vague ideas about democracy and justice while its agenda promotes hate and intolerance, basically awarded the Douchebag Decree to itself. AFTAH encouraged the Transportation Security Administration to actively discriminate against LGBTQ workers and ban them from doing security screenings in light of the...