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Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

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Subject to Debate, Katha Pollitt's column in The Nation, has offered readers clear-eyed yet provocative observations on women, politics, and culture for more than seven years. Bringing together eighty-eight of her most astute essays on hot-button topics like abortion, affirmative action, and school vouchers, this selection displays the full range of her indefatigable wit a ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 6th 2001 by Modern Library (first published 2001)
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Mar 27, 2010 Bakari rated it it was amazing
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Katha Pollitt’s Subject to Debate is another book, buried in one of my library book cases, that I never got around to reading. I was looking for a good piece of prose writing that would be both lightweight but engaging, and Pollitt’s collection of essays is precisely that.

Reading Subject to Debate means revisiting mostly the 1990s—the decade of Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, the OJ trial, "the end of welfare as we know it", the death of Prince Di, the Million Man March, the ongoing battle for abo
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Dec 04, 2008 Anna Bond rated it really liked it
I adore Katha Pollitt, and this collection of essays is predictably great, but it's definitely from the Clinton years. Her underlying arguments are all applicable to the current political climate, but since these essays come from her weekly/biweekly column in The Nation, they are very focused on events of the time - so it's not as satisfying as I'd hoped.

However, I'm very glad I read this in light of the changing administration, because her essays are a good reminder that Clinton, while now weir
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Jul 05, 2016 Sandy D. rated it really liked it
A collection of short essays, op-ed pieces really, written for The Nation from the early 90's to 2000. Pollitt is an amazing writer.

Many of her pieces deal with the politics of the Clinton years, which is pretty interesting to read over now. There are sharp, extremely opinionated and funnier than hell articles on welfare to workfare, deadbeat dads, affirmative action, divorce and marriage, sports, porn, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, creationists, abortion, Disney, gay marriage, and a lot more.

interesting collection of pollitt's nation essays from the early to late '90s. the articles are quite short and easy to read, but the sheer number of them makes the book a little tough to get through. even though her commentary is all very much related to events of the time, a lot of it is oddly relevant to today, such as her frustration with middle-of-the-road democrats and her fears about the erosion of abortion rights. i like her snarky tone. she seemed to develop quite a beef with paglia in ...more
Mar 26, 2007 jessica rated it liked it
I wanted to really like this book, but I find her writing style hard to read sometimes.
Dec 18, 2008 Kate rated it it was amazing
people need to begin worshipping katha pollitt. that much is clear to me now.
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Katha Pollitt is well known for her wit and her keen sense of both the ridiculous and the sublime. Her Subject to Debate column, which debuted in 1995 and which the Washington Post called “the best place to go for original thinking on the left,” appears every other week in the Nation; it is frequently reprinted in newspapers across the country. In 2003, Subject to Debate won the National Magazine ...more
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