Ilana Masad

Eliza Hamilton

Giving Eliza Hamilton the Chill Legacy the Musical Denied Her

Where "Hamilton" tossed Eliza's story aside in favor of her sister, "I, Eliza Hamilton" offers a rare glimpse of Eliza's impact on her husband and in turn, American history.
Ilana Masad
11.8.17
Books

When Totally Normal Books About Girls Turned into 'Beach Reads'

Why did publishers decide that only women took books on vacation?
Ilana Masad
6.20.17
Culture

How Women Are Reinventing Fairy Tales and Deflowering Tradition

From Helen Oyeyemi to Angela Carter, female writers subvert classic stories like "Snow White" and "The Little Mermaid" to comment on sex, race, and gender.
Ilana Masad
3.31.17
Interviews

A Genetic Illness So Rare Only One Family Carries It

For five generations, members of writer Joselin Linder's family suffered from strange symptoms. Now, doctors have finally isolated the genetic variant that caused her father's and uncle's deaths, leaving Linder aware of her own mortality.
Ilana Masad
3.15.17
Film

Justice Porn: Why You're So Obsessed with 'Law & Order: SVU'

Shows like "Law & Order: SVU" offer viewers a brand of escapism that, instead of avoiding social issues, imagines a world where heinous crimes like rape are dealt with fairly.
Ilana Masad
9.7.16
Radio

The Forgotten Queer Woman Who Revolutionized Radio

Hilda Matheson basically created talk radio, the predecessor of podcasts, as we know it. But she doesn't even have her own Wikipedia page.
Ilana Masad
6.13.16
Interviews

'The Only Lesbian in America' on How This Generation Has Gone Soft

Rita Mae Brown's iconic lesbian coming-of-age novel, "Rubyfruit Jungle," sold millions of copies when it debuted in 1973. We caught up with the author—as renowned for her feminist activism as for her writing—to see how she thinks we've been doing since.
Ilana Masad
6.6.16
Culture

'Write What's Tearing at Your Heart': Feminist Ana Castillo on Writing Her Rape

In her new memoir "Black Dove," poet, novelist, and academic Ana Castillo delves into deeply personal topics, including her son's incarceration, the discrimination she faced within the feminist community, and her sexual assault.
Ilana Masad
5.10.16
Culture

Read Between the Racism: The Serious Lack of Diversity in Book Publishing

Unless you're a white guy from Brooklyn, the publishing industry has a huge problem when it comes to representation. But no one is sure how to fix it.
Ilana Masad
4.18.16
Culture

The First Unappreciated Woman Writer

In her new novel "Margaret the First," Danielle Dutton explores the poignant life and anxieties of Margaret Cavendish, an ambitious, strange, ahead-of-her-time writer of 17th-century England.
Ilana Masad
3.15.16
Culture

The Woman Who Was Almost Queen Elizabeth I

In her new book "The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas," Alison Weir charts the confusing history of Henry VIII's niece, Lady Margaret Douglas, who lived her entire life almost becoming the Queen of England.
Ilana Masad
2.8.16
history

How a Victorian Woman's Odd Quest for Fame Foretold Clickbait and 'Law & Order'

In 1898, an elderly widow named Anna Maria Druce walked into St. Paul's Cathedral and asked that her father-in-law's grave be exhumed. She claimed he was never who he said he was—and ignited a media frenzy.
Ilana Masad
12.23.15
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