An Art Lover’s Guide to this Summer’s Top Exhibits

Wind from the Sea, 1947, tempera on hardboard © Andrew Wyeth. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Gift of Charles H. Morgan If you’re looking for an air-conditioned alternative to the beach this summer, consider an afternoon at an art museum. As Sister Wendy Beckett, the affable art historian you might

Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder

In the last few weeks and months a spate of music videos and commercials have gone viral for promoting the idea of “natural” or “real” beauty. Videos by John Legend and Colbie Caillat, for instance, challenge beauty standards by featuring women who do not fit the supermodel mold alongside empowering


On Zooey Deschanel and Whether Women Want Babies

In the August issue of InStyle, Zooey Deschanel shares her “fiery feminist” side in the cover story. When asked whether she wants kids, she replied defiantly: “Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don’t think so. Nobody asks guys that… And you go into a supermarket and every

Cheek to Cheek: Top 10 Classic Hollywood Dance Scenes

Summer may be the time for flip-flops, road trips, and lazy afternoons, but it’s also dancing season! With the recent finale of Dancing With the Stars and the season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance, my mind went back to some of the classic dance scenes from Hollywood’s iconic


Revisiting Old Friends: Harry Potter’s Back

“No longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday, but nevertheless recognizable.” Probably not a bad description of many of us who grew up reading the Harry Potter books as they came out during our early teens and into our twenties. And it’s the description the ever-detestable Rita Skeeter


More Than Skin-Deep: The Trouble with Skin-Lightening

Nisha Kumar is an ugly woman. At least that’s what she’s been told. Her petite 5-foot-3 tall frame reflects her delicate face, surrounded by textured black hair. She has no horrendous mutations, no glaring or repulsive deformities. In fact, it’s hard to imagine anyone deeming her unattractive. But as a


Young Adult Fiction Authors You Should Know

Young adult fiction is not only the hottest genre in all of publishing these days, but it’s also quickly becoming the most powerful influencer at the box office. From The Hunger Games and Divergent series to the summer tearjerker that is John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (not to