Author: Mr. J

Au revoir from Mr. J!

Dear Good People of Feministe, First of all, I know some of you have been confused by my nickname, Mr. J. Despite the male connotation of Mr., I am not a gentleman. I am, in fact, a lady. A very…

Having a think, saving the world.

For the past two weeks, I have been learning Mandarin through my Pimsleur Language Program CDs. So far I can confidently say useful phrases like “Hello,” and “I am American, are you?” and “I would like to order two beers.”…

Higher Education

I spent much of my 4th of July weekend reading Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA by Peter Robinson. It’s a novelization of Mr. Robinson’s first year at Stanford Business School in 1988. Chapter Twenty of the book…

Crappy Birthday

Americans’ unhappy birthday: ‘Too much wrong right now’, by Pauline Arrillaga, AP via Yahoo! News. . . . talk turns to the state of the Union, and the [Gilbert, Ariz., chapter of the Optimist Club] become decidedly bleak. They use…

Oh, I’ve noticed.

America’s Shrinking Food Wraps, by Kate Pickert at Time.com, via Yahoo! News. I read this last week, but Frangela reminded me about this morning on the radio as they were filling in for Stephanie Miller. . . . is it…

Doing the analysis so I don’t have to

Pixar’s Gender Problem, by Caitlin GD Hopkins at Vast Public Indifference, via ill Doctrine. . . . Whenever a new Pixar movie comes out, I wrestle with the same frustration: Pixar’s gender problem. While Disney’s long history of antipathy toward…

I’m not a coffee drinker

but I feel your pain: Starbucks to close 600 US stores, rein in growth, by Jessica Mintz, AP. I remember a day when Starbucks could do no wrong. When Lewis Black could rant about building a Starbucks across from another…

When I grow up

I want to be a gay icon. Not a lesbian icon like Jackie Warner. She scares me. A gay icon like Kathy Griffin. On last week’s episode of My Life on the D-List, Kathy traveled to Australia with Team Griffin;…

Hello, Feministe!

My name is Mahlena-Rae Johnson. I’ll be guest-blogging here for the next two weeks, and I’m very excited. Thank you, Jill! Some of you may be familiar with the site I run at SteveThePenguin.com, where I blog about pop culture…