Katha Pollitt
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    Katha Pollitt is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Her most recent book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, makes a powerful argument for abortion as a moral right and social good. She is the author of seven books, three of which are collections of political essays and columns: Reasonable Creatures (Vintage, 1995); Subject to Debate (Modern Library, 2001); and Virginity or Death! (Random House, 2006). The Mind-Body Problem: And Other Poems is a book of brilliant, poignant, and often funny poems that are full of surprises and originality, and Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories is a collection of personal essays (Random House, 2007).

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Featured Work
  • Why I Heart King Abdullah
  • He was an old-school monarch who made America feel good about itself again.

  • Christie: A Bully’s Bully
  • Christie has filled the place formerly occupied by John McCain: the straight-shooting Republican "maverick." 

  • The Year in Feminism
  • Amid the bad news for women, the year had its bright moments.

  • When Even Diapers Are a Luxury
  • Being a poor mother in the US today means re-using diapers and struggling to afford food. But House Republicans think they have it too easy. 

  • America Doesn't Torture — It Kills
  • Even in the hottest days of the Cold War, Americans accused of spying for the Soviets had their day in court. These days, we have drones and a kill list.

  • Go to Your Womb, Ross Douthat
  • The New York Times' Catholic-conservative columnist is so obsessed with women's fertility it's too bad he can't get pregnant himself.

  • My Chat With Mayor Bloomberg
  • Chatting with New York's Mayor Bloomberg over cookies at a blood donation center in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

  • Debate This!
  • Women were not the only ones left out of the first presidential debate. Here are some questions for tomorrow night's match-up.

  • What's the Matter With Creationism?
  • Forty-six percent of Americans believe that God created human beings within the last 10,000 years or so. This is cause for worry.

  • Adrienne Rich's News in Verse
  • The death of Adrienne Rich marks not only the end of a long and transcendent literary career — thirty books of poetry and prose, prizes beyond counting — but the end of a kind of poetry that mattered in the world beyond poetry. 

  • Regarding Christopher
  • Part of the reason why Hitchens was so prolific — and the reason he had such an outsize career and such an outsize effect on his readers — is that he was possibly the least troubled with self-doubt of all the writers on earth.

  • Ban Birth Control? They Wouldn't Dare..
  • For nearly a decade prochoicers have been warning that abortion foes were gearing up to go after contraception, but the possibility of losing birth control was too far-out for most people to take seriously. Well, wake up, sleepyheads, it's happening.

  • Dear France, We're So Over
  • The Nation columnist mourns the loss of love for France, the country she admired for its welfare programs, national health service, and government-funded childcare. The DSK affair, however, and the reactions it drew in France, have soured the relationship.

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