In watching the heart-wrenching pilot for NBC’s This is Us, I connected with Mandy Moore’s Rebecca Pearson. Hugely pregnant with triplets, Rebecca was a woman whose life is on the verge of transformation. I identified with Rebecca as a wife and mother, who also happens to be pregnant with my own third child. However, since then, the character who has most intrigued me is Randall. An African-American boy found at a fire station after his birth, Randall is adopted in the hospital by Rebecca and her husband Jack on the same day they welcome two biological children.
Hello, Sisterhood readers! First off, there’s this thing happening next week, relevant to Americans, indirectly relevant to all. On Tuesday, November 8th. It’s Election Day in the U.S., and yeah, it would be an excellent idea for you to vote. Vote! Don’t just assume Hillary Clinton will win. She might not! There are all those silent “Ivanka voters” who may spring up unannounced! (Do these exclamation points properly convey my panic level about this election?!)
Ten years ago I received a phone call that changed my life. Gerri Trooskin, the director of our city-wide book club, One Book, One Philadelphia, called me with an unusual request. She asked me to choose ten of my Drexel University undergraduate creative writing students to interview ten Sudanese refugees. These interviews would be serialized in Philadelphia’s City Paper.
There’s nothing quite like getting trolled by alt-right Twitter to make you an amateur expert in this coherent new ideology. But what’s struck me — both in tweets at me and in ones I’ve just seen floating around — is that there isn’t quite the unanimity of anti-Semitism one would expect. That is, there’s this sort of muck where Jew-hatred coexists with (something passing itself off as) pro-Israel advocacy, and in one memorable case, with a sort of aesthetic fixation on the beauty of Israeli women. (A stock image of a beautiful, ostensibly Israeli woman was this one bizarre account’s avatar.)
At Buzzfeed, Anne Helen Petersen reports on female Trump supporters she’s met while covering the elections. These voters are, Petersen explains, white, suburban, and wealthier than the Trump supporters usually seen in news coverage. (These women “likely shop at Whole Foods, and go to Pilates, and maybe even admire Michelle Obama.”) And their gateway drug to the Donald is guess who: