The Winter of American Discontent

History books will be analyzing this Presidential win from many angles for many reasons and over many decades. A complete political outsider, without much support from his own party, won against a complete political insider who had her party’s full support. The disenfranchised voter surge for him laid bare our deep class, race, and gender divides — but, more than anything, it made clear that non-college whites up and down the country categorically reject the status quo.

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Booknotes: Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars

Sonia Faleiro's 'Beautiful Thing' is a slim non-fiction volume about Mumbai's dance bars in the early 2000s. This literary reportage took Faleiro, as she mentions in her afterword, five years of hundreds of interviews with many people involved the dance bar ecosystem: the dancers, owners, cops, pimps, customers, mothers, gangsters, transvestites, madams, and so on.

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International Women’s Day 2016

As with last year on IWD, I intend to continue with my personal tradition of celebrating a woman I admire. This year, it is Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the newly-elected democratic party in Burma and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Read on further below for more specifics. Before that, however, I would like to say a few words about the 2016 campaign theme for International Women's Day: #PLEDGEFORPARITY.