The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) used to be the most tightly-edited newspaper in the United States. Its straight news stories were legendary for being weighted, in a few short sentences, with more nuance and substance word-for-word than any one series of similar articles appearing say, in the New York Times (NYT), or even the took over the Journal, this “Fox News Creep” has crept into both its salacious headlines and news slant in both its print and digital editions.
Shortly after I came to New York City in the early 1970’s I heard of the work of Betty Dodson through a few of my feminist friends and thought, “Oh, that’s cool!” and went on with integrating myself into the life of the City.
Betty “came to me again” in 1978 when I found a copy of Liberating Masturbation at the late, lamented Womanbooks on the Upper Westside of Manhattan, a copy now well used from all the folks I have shared it with over the years.
As a conservative radical, I believe "blogspeak" will put an end to the patriarchy once and for all. I remember the beginnings of change in the 1960's (although I came late to the party) and the subsequent waves of cultural and political change thereafter.
While a visionary, I remained a stubborn apologist for what in my formative years I termed “American-ness,” what William Carlos Williams wrote in his epic poem, Paterson, Thorton Wilder examined in his iconic play Our Town, and Thomas Wolfe dissected in his richly textured novels rooted in Southern literature – each a uniquely American voice of post-Frontier, early 20th Century agrarian-to-urban society.