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Why I Won't See Argo

I can't stand people who blast books or movies without actually reading or seeing them. So, to be clear, this is not a critique. For one, I've heard great things about Argo -- that it's a gripping, well-acted and well-directed, edge-of-your-seat thriller (which is impressive, given everyone already knows the ending).

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Burkas, Babies and Warplanes

By calling on parents to dress their female babies in burqas in a television interview that ran on Islamic al-Majd TV last year (but only recently began to receive international media attention), Saudi cleric Sheikh Abdullah Daoud has garnered disgust and disdain from the civilized world. And by “civilized” here, I am referring to all sentient beings whose mental function exceeds that of sea anemone.

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I Am Not Adam Lanza

I'm not the mother of a mentally ill child. I'm not the child of a mentally ill parent. I'm not the wife of a mentally ill husband. I am, however, mentally ill. I have a story too. And it's nothing like Adam Lanza's. (Click to continue.)

The 2012 Southern Women Writers Conference

I'll be joining Dorothy Allison, Stacey Lynn Brown, Marshall Chapman, Melissa Delbridge, Barbara Hamby, Josephine Humphreys, Kathryn McKee, Hermine Pinson, Melanie Sumner, Priscilla Wilson, and Isabel Wilkerson at the 2012 Southern Women Writers Conference at Berry College in Mount Berry, GA, from September 20-23. Join us!

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Register Now: July 10 Webinar on Succeeding in School & Work with Mental Illness

Join Flipswitch host Jessica Lynn Gimeno and I for a NAMI panel about mental illness and the workplace. Register here for July 10th, 1pm EST webinar. 

A Change of Scenery

Last week, I wrote about falling into a "postpartum" depression after turning in a manuscript to my publisher that took me roughly a year to finish. This week, I'm happy to say that I'm feeling worlds better. I didn't increase my meds or see my psychiatrist or therapist.

Iran Comes Back to the Bargaining Table on Nuclear Program

Patrick Clawson, Hooman Majd, Melody Moezzi and Robin Wright participate in a panel discussion about Iran's future on KCRW's To The Point. (Click to listen.)

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Who Really Ought to Be Afraid of Iran?

Assuming the so-called Islamic Republic of Iran is truly attempting to build a nuclear weapon (which I suspect is about as likely as it building a giant sculpture of a pig in the middle of Azadi square), who ought to be most afraid? The United States? Nope. Great Britain? By no means. Israel? Lo. Iraq? La. Afghanistan? Naah. Saudi Arabia? La. In short, not a single one of these nations need be afraid.

This article was crossposted at Al-Arabiya and The Malta Independent.

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