Anna Karenina, Explained

A contemporary look at Chapters 1-5 of Tolstoy’s beloved drama, Anna Karenina. “All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” With a starting line like this, audiences of the epically long Anna Karenina (one of two epically long novels Tolstoy penned in nineteenth-century Russia, because he wasContinue reading “Anna Karenina, Explained”

A History of Hysteria

Examining medical and cultural bias against female pain in accordance with gendered stereotypes On a recent episode of The Michelle Obama podcast, the former first lady sat for a forty-minute interview with her close friend Dr. Sharon Malone, a multi-decade practicing OBGYN. In their discussion, the pair talked about puberty, menopause, their shared insistence onContinue reading “A History of Hysteria”