Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Let's Talk

The fall issue of Brain, Child is now officially out (or in the mail, if you didn't get yours yet). And now we're doing something a little interactive: a comments/discussion page for the content we put up online. (I'm saying "we," as if I weren't out gallavanting around this summer when the issue was being put together, but as of today, I'm officially back.)

Anyhoo, have a gander.

There's Tracy Mayor's feature on what role mothers will play in the 2008 election. If you do nothing else, read the first part of it. If that's not one of the best openings in the history of magazine features, I will be a monkey's uncle.

There's also Dawn Friedman's piece on doing her African-American daughter's hair. It's called "Textured," and when you read it, you'll know why people are all over Dawn's blog: the thoughtfulness, the working through sticky issues, the loverly voice.

There's Kory Stamper's essay "Alma Mater." She was a married twenty-one-year-old, attending a prestigious, feminist university, when she got pregnant and decided to become a mother. It both burned my britches and got me thinking about how my feminism has evolved over the years.

And there's Elisabeth de Vos's "Close Encounters with Kindermusik," a fabulous essay about many things, one of which is mothering with OCD. What I love most about this is how tangled everything is, how you can't always separate your own ish (OCD, depression, panic, ahem) from strong beliefs or even regular parenting.

So, read and comment! Comment and read!
And because we are wily folk, not everything is on the website. Have a look-see at the table of contents, which are just as tasty as the above articles. There are benefits to paper, is all I'm saying.


Anjali said...

LOVED the issue. I just devoured it, and will check out the new comments section.

Jody said...

I love the new comments section on the website. Damn, I wish I could think of something to write for Brain,Child! I love comments!

Veronica June said...

Another fantastic issue! I finished it in one evening. I made it "make your own dinner night".

Jennifer said...

It *is* a good one! Thanks (on behalf of the people who has something to do with its goodness.)

Jody, I wish I edited something that could run your CSI post.

Jody said...

Sadly, about 90% of the stuff that entertains me inside my brain isn't fit for any magazine. But, guess what, I'm going to post a CSI update soon.

Julianne said...

Cool. I'm still reading my issue, doing my best to savor it and make it last.

I realize that some of the issue must be left out of the web content but I think the "Debate" section would insight some good discussion.

Mommychicky said...

Alma Mater really hit home for me. I've been dwelling on it for a week and finally decided I should write it out on the old blog!

Angel said...

Love, love, LOVE it!!! I can't believe I've never read it before. I didn't renew my Mothering subscription because my kids are now older (12 and 5). So this fits the void perfectly :)

Thank you so much again! Can't wait for the next issue!