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Don't Blame Adam Lanza's Mother

(41) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 3:18 PM

We're still reeling from the Newtown murders. But pain and shock don't justify generalizations about mental illness, and neither do they justify more mother-blaming.

Yes, it's ridiculous and dangerous to teach one's kids to shoot assault rifles. Yes, Mama Lanza did that. Yes, apparently she was a "prepper," ready and...

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Why Blame an Innocent Mother for Her Children's Murder?

(11) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 11:30 AM

On October 25, 2012, in Manhattan, Marina Krim returned from taking her three-year-old daughter to the pool, to find her other two children -- Lucia (6) and Leo (2) -- stabbed to death in the bathtub of the family apartment in the Upper West Side. The family nanny...

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Blogging: A Steadying Antidote to Epilepsy

(13) Comments | Posted March 10, 2012 | 10:54 PM

Image reproduced with the permission of Christy Shake.

I intended this blog entry to be about comics on epilepsy, a particular branch of the so-called medical memoir. But instead it has turned out to be in part about parents blogging...

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When Comic Books Aren't So Funny

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2012 | 12:48 AM


"Skim is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth stuck in a private girls' school in Toronto. When a classmate's boyfriend kills himself because he was rumoured to be gay, the school goes into mourning overdrive, each clique trying to find something...

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Dealing With Illness? Read a Comic

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2011 | 9:12 AM


I am writing a series of short blogs about long-form comics for adults, to give added exposure to some of the most interesting developing areas. This one is about comic books on physical and mental illness, disability and suffering.

If you or...

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One Mother's (Exhaustive) Search for Gender-Neutral Clothes

(56) Comments | Posted September 25, 2011 | 9:00 AM

Guess what? If you want to find your male toddler something to wear that is not blue, grey, shit-brown, beige or black, you can't. Unless you also want flowers, butterflies, and ruffled or ruched sleeves. Yes, that is right, the thought-control police of children's clothing continue to do well for...

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