What My Super-Creative Mega-Inspiring Friends (And Family) Are Up To: “Fighting for Fertility” A Film by Larkin McPhee (my cousin!) Wed. May 12 on PBS at 9pm

Larkin is an amazing documentary filmmaker, her subject matter wide-ranging, deeply researched, and utterly compelling. The topics she takes on are always ambitious and range from flooding on the Mississippi to caregiving to nuclear power to anorexia and depression. Each film reveals Larkin's brilliant visual and narrative storytelling, which have earned her a Peabody and …

I Died for Beauty: My April Column at Bookslut

What is it that drives a human being to pursue an idea to death? To make order out of chaos, to please, impress, defy, or outdo a parent, to win a Nobel Prize, to attain immortality, to find truth, to know beauty? Whatever the motivation, such inexorable determination has led to our greatest scientific breakthroughs. …