Laura Kipnis is a Professor in the Department of Radio, TV, and Film at Northwestern. Her books include Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation and Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus. (June 2018)

Follow Laura Kipnis on Twitter: @laurakipnis.

IN THE REVIEW

You Old Dog!

Sigrid Nunez, 2011

The Friend

by Sigrid Nunez
These are dark days for aging male seducers, particularly those plying their trade as writing professors. Imagine yourself as a committed shagger of students—it’s your lifeblood! it keeps you vital!—graying out of the charisma you once possessed. Your theories about the erotics of the classroom sounded more convincing back in …

Letting Their Hair Down

Cairo, 2005; photograph by Martin Parr

Sex and Secularism

by Joan Wallach Scott

Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics

by R. Marie Griffith
If ever a couple of books were locked in an epistemic cage match it would be the two under review here, written by warring brands of historians on the subject of sex, religion, and secularism. I am, by default, in the secularite corner: I come from such religiously indifferent people …

Kill All the Editors

Lynne Tillman, New York City, October 1990

Men and Apparitions

by Lynne Tillman

The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories

by Lynne Tillman
Lynne Tillman is widely revered by other writers—the galley of her new novel, Men and Apparitions, boasted a page of quotes from literary luminaries branded “TILLMAN SUPERFANS” who shovel on the praise with a backhoe—though not by me. I suspect that revering writers does them no favors, but don’t worry, …

Kick Against the Pricks

Donald Trump with Allie LaForce (Miss Teen USA), Natalie Glebova (Miss Universe), and Chelsea Cooley (Miss USA) at a launch party for Cara Birnbaum’s book Universal Beauty: The Miss Universe Guide to Beauty, Trump Tower, New York City, April 2006

Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back

by Gretchen Carlson
At first it was a lot of enormous media potentates crashing to earth, followed by a bunch of lesser despots and lords, many employed in the media industries too, and it soon expanded to include half the men in Hollywood and ancillary trades like politics.