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Kate Tuttle

Writer & Critic

Kate Tuttle

Writing on books and authors, race and politics, family and childhood.

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Jaclyn Friedman Wants to 'Unscrew' Systemic Sexism

She’s spoken on college campuses, television and radio shows, and her own podcast, Unscrewed, about issues of sexual liberation. In her new book Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All, Friedman tackles all of it—the whole tangled web of entrenched, systemic sexism and all its modern iterations.
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Once Upon a Time in Ikea

If we were really Hansel and Gretel, we’d walk through wolf-filled woods, the sky dark, a bright moon overhead. Here, we wander amid a bright thicket of beds and dressers, desks and chairs. There are arrows painted on the floor, but these feel unnecessary. Most everyone in the Ikea showroom stays on the path, an amiable herd only aware we are walking together when someone comes at us the wrong way.
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Girls, Don’t Become Boy Scouts

The news arrived on Oct. 11, a day — as Facebook reminded us — designated as the International Day of the Girl. On the surface, it even seemed like it might be a progressive change: The Boy Scouts of America announced that it would allow girls to participate in Cub Scouts and to eventually earn Eagle Scout rank.
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The NBCC President on In Cold Blood, White Male Critics, and Reasoned Criticism vs. Promotion

Welcome to Secrets of the Book Critics, a new feature in which books journalists from around the US share their thoughts on beloved classics, overlooked recents gems, misconceptions about the industry, and the changing nature of literary criticism in the age of social media. Each week we’ll spotlight a critic from a different part of the country, bringing you behind the curtain of publications both national and regional, large and small.
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Talking With Ruby Karp, the Upright Teen Feminist Citizen

At 17, Ruby Karp has a résumé more impressive than most folks twice her age. She’s done a TEDx talk, appeared with Amy Poehler on her video series “Smart Girls at the Party,” and had her byline appear in publications like Refinery29, Mashable, and Hello Giggles. She hosts a monthly standup show at the Upright Citizens Brigade, whose website notes that she’s been performing there “since she was a fetus.”.
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Salman Rushdie on the opulent realism of his new novel, 'The Golden House'

“I’m on the Technicolor end,” said Salman Rushdie. He was talking about the kind of realism you’ll find in “The Golden House,” his new novel. “If realism goes from Raymond Carver to James Joyce,” he explained, “It’s realism, but it’s kind of amped up, boosted.”. Interviewed in the Manhattan office of his longtime agent, Andrew Wylie, Rushdie was jovial and charming, a voluble conversationalist not only about the art of fiction but also on topics as diverse as the politics of place names and the different ways to grip the paddle when playing ping-pong.
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Boy Scouts Are From Mars, Girl Scouts Are From Venus

In light of the news today that the Boy Scouts will be allowing girls to join (a move I can only read as cynical), I'm revisiting this piece I wrote five years ago about how different the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts are. Behind the khaki uniforms and the merit badges, the two organizations have vastly different political leanings. When the Indiana House of Representatives took up a resolution to honor the Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary, freshman Republican representative Bob Morris refused to sign. While Morris's wrath seemed extreme even to his Indiana House colleagues (at least one of whom took to selling and distributing Thin Mints on the House floor), his anti-Girl Scout feelings are hardly unique.
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Tom Perrotta on Sex, the Suburbs, and his new MILF

When Tom Perrotta and his wife, Mary Granfield, sent their second child off to college two years ago, they found themselves navigating a brand new life stage. “Parenting becomes this career,” he says. “You’re in the thick of it, and then suddenly it’s – not quite over, but it doesn’t take up a huge amount of space anymore, and there’s a sense of reassessment of one’s adult life.”.
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For Rob Sheffield, the Beatles Are a Love Story

Growing up in Milton, Rob Sheffield spent a lot of time in the town’s public library, sitting in a chair with big headphones over his ears, listening to every Beatles record he could find. Introduced to the band by his older sisters, Sheffield was a fan from an early age. In “Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World,” Sheffield’s fifth book, he writes about what he calls “the world’s most passionately beloved band,” one whose music remapped popular culture and whose legacy somehow seems eternal.
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Skiffle strikes a chord with author Billy Bragg

Best known as a musician with a notably political bent, Billy Bragg is also a talented writer. In 2007 he published “The Progressive Patriot: A Search for Belonging,” in 2016 “A Lover Sings: Selected Lyrics,’’ and now comes “Roots, Radicals, and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World,” a deeply researched yet lively look at the musical craze that hit England in the mid-1950s.
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Trump's Boy Scout Dishonor Is Worse Than You Think

In a disjointed, rambling, semi-coherent speech before the Boy Scout National Jamboree in West Virginia yesterday, Donald Trump once again proved himself to be incapable of following the minimum standards of acceptable behavior. in which he rehashed his electoral victory, bragged about the size of his inauguration crowds, trashed both President Obama and Hillary Clinton, and talked about a party attended by “the hottest people in New York”—with those given by other presidents is illustrative.
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Svetlana Alexievich’s ‘The Unwomanly Face of War’

They answered the call of patriotism. Some still in high school and some even younger, they begged at recruitment offices for a chance to join the fight.
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About

Kate Tuttle

I'm currently serving as President of the National Book Critics Circle. My reviews and articles about books have appeared in the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Salon, Atlantic.com, and elsewhere. Native Kansan, longtime Cantabrigian, falling in love with Decatur, Georgia.

Feel free to email me at kate.tuttle@gmail.com.