I’m an author, freelance writer, blogger, and writing teacher/consultant/career coach. I’m also the co-founder of SexyFeminist.com. For more about me, check out my official bio here. For more about my works and services, scroll down or click around the site!
ABOUT ‘MARY AND LOU AND RHODA AND TED’
Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted tells the story behind the making of TV classic The Mary Tyler Moore Show. To be published by Simon & Schuster in May, the book offers readers a glimpse inside the lives of the groundbreaking female TV writers who lent their real lives to scripts, the men who created the indelible characters, the lone woman in the network executive ranks who cast the legendary ensemble, and the colorful cast of actors who made it all work. James L. Brooks, Grant Tinker, Allan Burns, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Betty White, Gavin MacLeod, Ed Asner, Ted Knight, Georgia Engel — they all came together to make a show that changed women’s lives, and television. Here’s how they did it.
“This is a wonderful book. It takes us backstage with a keen insight on the writing, directing and casting of one of the best television shows, ever. I didn’t want it to end, any more than I wanted The Mary Tyler Moore Show to end.” –Carol Burnett, author of Carrie and Me
“I tried to skim this book, but failed miserably, finding I couldn’t put it down. In case you’re wondering how we got from I Love Lucy to Girls, the answer is: ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show,stupid!’ Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s deft weave of social history and sharp entertainment reporting explains how this revolutionary show made the world safe for Lena Dunham.” –Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
“Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted hurt my face. Jennifer Armstrong brought back memories and laughs from one of the best eras in television. She made me stay up all night and by the morning my face hurt from smiling. I forgive her because I enjoyed the book so much.” –Gail Parent, author of Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York
“Pop-culture gold: a can’t-put-it-down history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the misfit genius women (and men) who made it. Mary & Lou & Ted & Rhoda is essential reading if you love The Mary Tyler Moore Show, or TV comedy wizards, or things that are awesome.”—Gavin Edwards (contributing editor at Rolling Stone and author of ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy)
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ABOUT ‘SEXY FEMINISM’
In Sexy Feminism, to be published in 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudulph offer simple ways for busy, young women to improve every aspect of their own lives by following feminist principles. With dozens of ways to take action, Sexy Feminism explains how feminism helps women get what they want (and does not, contrary to many reports, ruin anyone’s chances at love, success, sex, beauty, or style). It guides young women toward finding their own brand of feminism and using it to improve their lives and the world.
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“We live in a society where sex is used against women as much as it’s used by women. Sexy Feminism calls foul on that (and other) double standards—and makes manifest my frequent observation that feminists are almost always the sexiest people in the room.” —Jennifer Baumgardner, author of F’em!: Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls
“Genius! Sexy Feminism is a delicious primer for budding feminists (and the feminist-curious), as well as a sigh of relief for long-term third-wave feminists who long to be understood and are tired of explaining our beliefs. Finally a book that explains us to ourselves and to others in a funny, sexy, smart way.
Really, people, this is intellectual porn at its best: wise, insightful, complex and thoughtful about complicated issues that are constantly being forced into over-simplified stereotypes and boxes. Sexy Feminism helps us break out of our confines and allows us to choose (yes choose! That’s the POINT of feminism, right?!) who we want to be and how we want to express ourselves.
In a world where real shit is going down every day – domestic abuse, rape, sexual slavery, war – sexiness might seem unimportant and yet, as Jennifer and Heather show us, it is at the fundamental root of feminism. Smart, funny, powerful confidence is attractive and sexy. This is what makes women strong and what makes others sit up and listen. Jennifer and Heather do an outrageously good service to us all by bringing feminism into it’s sexy, confident maturity.”
—Katie Goodman, feminist comedian and actress (and author of IMPROVISATION FOR THE SPIRIT)
ABOUT ‘WHY? BECAUSE WE STILL LIKE YOU’
Why? Because We Still Like You: An oral history of The Mickey Mouse Club, published by Grand Central in October 2010, tells the behind-the-scenes story of how The Mickey Mouse Club paved the way for all that came after, from its humble beginnings as a marketing ploy, through its short but mesmerizing run, to the numerous resurrections that made it one of television’s first true cult hits–all through the recollections of those regular kids-turned-stars who made it a phenomenon. It reveals the untold stories of Annette, Darlene, Cubby and Karen, Bobby and the rest of the beloved cast. It will explore, through the reminiscences of former fans who grew up to be some of television’s finest minds, what made the show so special. And it will examine why the formula the creators of the show invented is more relevant than ever in the age of Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Glee.
“Like a lovely snow globe whose pastoral setting becomes a blur of white when shaken, this beautiful pastiche of anecdotes, remembrances, and stories incites a nostalgic blizzard for the three-year, mid-Fifties run of the original Mickey Mouse Club.” — Library Journal
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Critiquing and Editing: Book proposals, manuscripts, chapters, essays, articles — you name it, I’ll help make it better.
Blog Consulting: As someone who co-founded and continues to run a successful blog (SexyFeminist.com), I can help you update a blog or website that needs some freshening up, or help you launch one from the beginning.
Private Writing Seminars: I teach for Gotham Writers Workshops, but I also offer more specialized group writing experiences.
Resume Writing/Editing: I can apply my writing and editing expertise to crafting or updating your resume, helping to emphasize the most marketable aspects of your career, especially in communications fields.
Writing Career Coaching and Mentoring: I love giving advice to fledgling writers about navigating the publishing, blogging, and media industries. I’ll provide one-on-one guidance for as long as you need it, in a way that’s most convenient for you: online, via phone, in person, or a combination.
Other Writing and Editing Help: Resumes, cover letters, application essays, academic papers.