As Managing Editor for PopMatters, Karen works with the kind of writers she loves to read; writers with smarts, wit, heart and style -- and a healthy respect for history. Her generalist nature seeks writers, musicians, filmmakers and other storytellers who are traveled (including those with the mind of a traveler, if not the means), educated (academia has its merits, but so do degrees from the school of hard knocks), broad-minded (those who are comfortable with feeling perpetually uncomfortable), intellectual, compassionate, and have a sense of humor (because just about everything is pretty damned funny, even it makes you cry at first). She served as critical reader and editor for some of her professors in college; she is devotedly a writer's reader and a writer's editor. A graduate of Columbia College (Chicago, that is) she is a "post-graduate" reader of most everything but minds. (True story: she was in 'The Closet' with Ellen DeGeneres:
In typical British-drama fashion, Lip Service, set in Glasgow, gives us a lot more pretty girl skin -- and a lot more shocking punch to the gut -- than the Hollywood-style, pretty pedicured toes storytelling of L Word.
"I was a Scientologist for 12 years, which is a lot more embarrassing than saying Hi, I’m a transsexual SM dyke living with borderline personality disorder," Kate Bornstein tells PopMatters 20 Questions on the release of her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger.
Technophile, humanist and storyteller Ellen Ullman is touring for her latest, By Blood. The cult classic Close to the Machine and runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award, The Bug, are enjoying a resurgence, as well. From the sterile environs of an airport terminal, Ullman recalls a glorious range of artists and intellectuals (and the work they have produced) that have shaped her.
Eat. Write. Travel. Cook. Four little words, an amuse-bouche in the great feast that is food for thought, if you will, that would lead Gail Simmons to her prestigious roles with Food & Wine Magazine, Top Chef and Top Chef: Just Desserts.
William Shatner, Captain Kirk, Cultural Icon Extraordinaire. Shatner Rules. Like all great American actors – he’s not American. We’re not even sure he’s human. We’re certain, however, that he’s The Captain of Everything -- not least PopMatters 20 Questions.