Essays and Reviews

“Beginning to Begin to Begin” (with Bob Gottlieb) Radicals in the Professions Newsletter, June 1968.

“The Foreign Policy Association: 50 Years of Successful Imperialism, CAW, No. 1, Feb 1968, pp. 6-10.

“The Grand Coolie Damn”, Leviathan, November 1969.

“Women’s Liberation: Nobody’s Baby Now”, Defiance, No. l, 1970, pp. 134-162.

“Tom Eliot Meets the Hulk at Little Big Horn: The Political Economy of Poetry, (with Dick Lourie), Triquarterly: Literature in revolution, No. 23/24, Spring 1972, pp. 57-91.

“A Review of Vol. II, III, of “Children of Crisis”, by Robert Coles”, The New York Times Book Review, February l3, l972.

Review of Daughters of the Moon by Joan Haggerty and Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, by Alix Kates Shulman, The Second Wave, Vol. 2, No. l, 1972, p46.

“Getting Together: How to Start a Women’s Liberation Group” (With Jane Freeman), New England Free Press, 1972.

“Asking for Help is Apt to Kill You”, (A Review of WOMEN AND MADNESS by Phyllis Chesler), The Village Voice, November 30, 1972.

Review of MONSTER by Robin Morgan, NEW, Vol. 2l, Spring/Summer l973, pp. 64-67.

“Books for the Daughters”, Margins, No. 7, August/September 1973, pp. 1-2.

“Margaret Atwood: Beyond Victimhood”, American Poetry Review, Nov/Dec 1973.

“Agnes Smedley: Dirt Poor Daughter of Earth, The New Republic, l1/l4/75.

“It’s High Time”, Provincetown Advocate, November 2l, l974.

“Through the Cracks: Growing up in the 50’s”, Partisan Review, Vol. 4l, No. 2, 1974.

“Gritty Places and Strong Women”; a Review of THE DIVINERS by Margaret Lawrence, The New York Times Book Review, June 23, 1974.

“The White Christmas Blues”, Provincetown Advocate, l/9/75, (with Uta West)

“Writer’s Choice” Partisan Review, Vol. 42, No. 1, 1975.

“From Where I Work: A Column (Audre Lorde), American Poetry Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, Mar/Apr. 1976.

“It’s High Time”, Provincetown Advocate, 4/l7 and 5/22, 1975.

Untitled essay, Poets on Stage: The Some Symposium on Poetry Readings, 1978, pp. 26-29.

“A Review of Alice Walker’s MERIDIAN, The New York Times Book Review: May 23, 1976.

“From Where I Work: A column”, American Poetry Review, Vol. 5, No. 5, 1976.

“From Where I Work: A column”, (Joanna Russ), American Poetry Review, Vol. 6, No. 3, 1977.

“A Rich Gift for Us”, Review of OF WOMAN BORN, Adrienne Rich, Sojourner, December 1976.

From “A Fish Needs a Bicycle: Responses to a Questionnaire on Marxism and the Arts,” The Minnesota Review, n.s. 9, Fall 1977.

“A Fuller Life”, Review of Margaret Fuller’s biography THE WOMAN AND THE MYTH, by Ball Gale Chevigny, Seven Days, June 1977.

“Shining Daughters”, Review of Joanna Russ’ THE TWO OF THEM and KITTATINNY, for Sojourner, October 1978, p.14.

“Other Planets, Other Cats”, Review of MOTHERLINES by Suzy McKee Charnas; WATCHTOWER by Elizabeth Lynn; and GODSFIRE by Cynthia Felice, for Sojourner, April 1979.

“Small Cameos, a grand portrait, and twilight sketches”, a review of Doris Lessing’s book STORIES for Chicago Tribune BOOK WORLD, May 14, 1978.

“Contemplating past youth, present age”, a review of Robert Penn Warren’s book NOW AND THEN POEMS 1976-1978, for Chicago Tribune BOOK WORLD, Sept. 1978.

“Feminist Perspectives 1978”: Sojourner, Vol. 4, No. 5, January 1979.

“The Feminist Gospel According to Adrienne Rich”, a review of ON LIES, SECRETS AND SILENCE by Adrienne Rich, for Chicago Tribune BOOK WORLD, April l5, 1979, pp.1-2.

“A touching detective story: Who really killed Rosie at 27?” a review of ROSIE by Ellen Frankfort for Chicago Tribune BOOK WORLD, June ll, l979.

“The Houses of Susan Fromberg Schaeffer”; a review of THE QUEEN OF EGYPT and THE BIBLE OF THE BEASTS OF THE LITTLE FIELD, for Chicago Tribune BOOK WORLD, January 27, 1980.

“Doris Lessing and the Days of Darkness”; a review of SHIKASTA by Doris Lessing, for the WASHINGTON POST, November 4, 1979, p.5.

“Hellman: twilight memories of a dramatist”, a review of Lillian Hellman’s MAYBE, for Chicago Tribune BOOK WORLD, May ll, l980.

“Tom Robbins with a bad case of the cutes”; a review of STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER by Tom Robbins for Chicago Tribune BOOK WORLD, September l4, 1980.

“Sacrificed to the Mills of Fate”, a review of EMMELINE by Judith Rosser, for THE WASHINGTON POST, September l4, 1980, pp.3,15.

“A historian obsessed by ghosts of past”, a review of THE CHANEYSVILLE INCIDENT by David Bradley, for Chicago Tribune BOOK WORLD, April 26, 198l.

“The Little Nuances of History”, a review of YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD WOMAN DOWN, by Alice Walker, for The Washington Post BOOK WORLD, May 31, 198l, p.11.

Essay, Symposium: From the 60’s to the 80’s, Cultural Correspondence No. 12-14, p.37.

“Godwin details strains, stresses of family life”, a review of A MOTHER AND TWO DAUGHTERS by Gail Godwin, for Chicago Tribune BOOK WORLD, January 10, 1982.

A Review of WHO KILLED KAREN SILKWOOD? by Howard Kohn, for Sojourner, December 198l.

“Inviting the Muse”, Negative Capability, Vol. II, No. l, Winter 1982.

“Fame, Fortune and Other Tawdry Illusions”, Boston Review, Vol. 6, No. l, February 1982.

“Interview with Ira Wood and Marge Piercy” Pulp, Vol. 8, No. 1, 1982.

ZAMI: A NEW SPELLING OF MY NAME and CHOSEN POEMS, OLD AND NEW, by Audre Lorde, reviewed in 13th Moon, Volume VII, Numbers 1 & 2, 1983.

KEEPER OF ACCOUNTS by Irena Klepfisz, reviewed by Marge Piercy, American Book Review, Volume 5, Number 6, September-October 1983.

“MYSTERIES OF MOTION” by Hortense Calisher, reviewed in The Washington Post, December 31, 1983,p. C2.

“Forward” to The Zanzibar Cat by Joanna Russ, Arkham House, 1983.

“On Being a Jewish Feminist”, The Women’s Review of Books, Vol. 1, No. 5, Feb 1984, pp.5-6.

“The Turn-on of Intimacy”, Ms., Vol. XII, February, 1984, pp. 46-48.

“Jewish Identity”, SHMATE: A Journal of Progressive Jewish Thought, Vol. 2 Number 8, Pesach 1984, pp. 25-27.

“Poets on Poetry”, Literary Cavalcade, Vol. 37, No. 1, Oct. 1984, pp. 24-25.

“Swallow, by D.M. Thomas, Thomas Caught in a Tangled Web of Stories”, Chicago Tribune, November 25, 1984, Section 14, p. 35.

“Van der Steen’s Cats” by J. R. Bruckner, The New York Times Book Review, February 3, 1985, p. 36.

“Autobiography,” Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Dedria Bryfonski, editor, Vol. 1, Gale Research Co, Detroit, 1984, pp. 267-281.

“A Well Made Quilt”, review of STAR QUILT by Roberta Hill Whiteman, in American Book Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, January-February 1986, p. 17.

“`Light’ moves at molasses pace but shines with passion and intensity”, review of SOUTHERN LIGHT by J.R. Salamanca in Chicago Tribune, August 10, 1986, Section 14, page 47.

Article on the work of Joanna Russ for Contemporary Novelists, St. James Press, Fourth Edition, 1986, p. 730.

Article on the work of E.M. Broner for Contemporary Novelists, St. James Press, Fourth Edition, 1986, p. 140-141.

“Me and My Novel” (about GONE TO SOLDIERS) in The Boston Review, Vol. 12, No. 3, June 1987, p.19.

“Of Arms and the Woman” in Harper’s Magazine, Vol. 274, No. 1645, June 1987, p.30-32.

“Ship out on a corrupt cruiser in the middle of World War II”, review of TIME AND TIDE by Thomas Fleming, Chicago Tribune Books Section, August 9, 1987, Section 14, p. 6.

“Rooms without walls”, Ms, Vol. XVI, No. 10, April, 1988, p.36-7; THE HARVEST READER, Second Edition, William A. Heffernan and Mark Johnston, HBJ, Inc., 1991.

Foreword to BACK ROOMS: VOICES FROM THE ILLEGAL ABORTION ERA by Ellen Messer and Kathryn E. May, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1988, p. xi-xiii; paperback version Simon & Schuster, New York, 1989.

Essay for “A Symposium on Contemporary American Fiction”, Michigan Quarterly Review, Vol. 27, No. 1, Winter 1988, p. 105-107.

“My, Haven’t You Lost Weight!”, Woman’s Day, V.51, No. 15, Oct. 25, 1988, p.226.

“What Rides the Wind”, Tikkun, Vol. 4, No. 2, March/April 1989, p.58-62.

“A Writer’s Garden”, Organic Gardening, Vol. 36, No. 6, June 1989, p.72.

“The Clothes Rack–An Instrument of Torture?”, Woman’s Day, Vol. 57, No. 11, July 18, 1989, p. 176.

“What I do when I write”, Symposium for The Women’s Review of Books, Vol. VI, No. 10-11, July 1989, p. 25-26.

“What Are We Leaving the Children?”, Woman’s Day, Vol. 52, No. 15, October 24, 1989, p. 57-58.

“Active in Time and History”, Paths of Resistance: The Art and Craft of the Political Novel, William Zinsser, Editor, New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1989, pp. 89-123.

Essay on Simone de Beauvoir in DAUGHTERS OF DE BEAUVOIR, Edited by Penny Forster and Imogen Sutton, London: The Women’s Press, 1989, pgs. 112-123.

“The Dark Thread in the Weave”, in TESTIMONY: CONTEMPORARY WRITERS MAKE THE HOLOCAUST PERSONAL, David Rosenberg, Editor, New York, Random House, 1989, pgs. 171-191.

“Daily life, daily struggle”, a review of EYE OF A HURRICANE by Ruthann Robson, in The Women’s Review of Books, Vol. VII, No. 8, May 1990, p.22.

Essay on Autobiography, Cream City Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 1990, p.3-5.

“Reminiscence of Esther Epstein”, Mai Pen Rai, April, 1991, Vol. 25, No. 2.

“How I came to Walt Whitman and Found Myself”, A Celebration of Walt Whitman for The Massachusetts Review, Spring 1992, pps. 98-100.

“Starting Support Groups for Writers”, LITERARY PROCESS, edited by Brenda Miller Power and Ruth Hubbard, Heinemann Educational Books, Inc., 1991.

Essay for THE CAT ON MY SHOULDER: Writers and Their Cats, edited by Lisa Angowski Rogak, Longmeadow Press, 1993.

Foreword to LOST IN SPACE: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond, by Marleen S. Barr, The Univ. of No. Carolina Press, 1993.

“Traveling Into Darkness: Mary Shelley’s THE LAST MAN,” Introduction to THE LAST MAN, Bantam Books, 1994.

“Housewives Without Houses,” syndicated by the New York Times, August 1994.

“The Turn On,” Essay for WOMEN: IMAGES AND REALITIES: A Multicultural Anthology, edited by Amy Kesselman, Lily D. McNair and Nancy Schniedewind, Mayfield Publishing Company, 1995

“Telling Stories About Stories,” Utopian Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1994.

“Things Left Unsaid”, Ms Magazine, Vol. VI, No. 3, Nov/Dec 1995.

“Eureka Moments”, 18 Years,” Lilith, Fall, 1994, Vol. 19, No. 3

“Pauline Leon and Claire Lacombe” in HEROINES: REMARKABLE AND INSPIRING WOMEN, An Anthology of Essays by Women Writers, Crescent Books, NY., 1995.

“Fame, Fortune and Other Tawdry Illusions, WRITTEN IN WATER, WRITTEN IN STONE, ed. by Martin Lammon, University of Michigan Press, 1996.

“Voices After Dark” in I’ve Always Meant to tell You: Letters to Our Mothers, ed. by Constance Warloe, Pocket Books, 1997; republished as From Daughters to Mothers.

”Remembering 1979”, Malachite & Agate, ed. by Marianne Milton, 1997.

“A Dissatisfaction without a Name”, Click: Becoming Feminists, edited by Lynn Crosbie, Macfarland, Walter & Ross Publishers, 1997.

Forward to Look At Me, a novel by Lauren Porosoff Mitchell, Leapfrog Press, 2000.

“Life of Prose and Poetry: An Inspiring Combination”, Writers on Writing Series, New York Times, Monday December 20, 1999 and Writers on Writing, Collected Essays, Henry Holt and Co., NY 2001.

“Love and Sex in the Year 3000” , 3000 The Next New Millennium: Science Fiction Stars Contemplate the Future, edited by Marleen Barr, Wesleyan University Press, 2001.

“Our money, ourselves” The Women’s Review of Books, Vol. XVIII, Nos. 10-11, July 2001.

“Looking Good”, All the Available Light: A Marilyn Monroe Reader, edited by Yona McDonough, Touchstone Books, 2002.

“Shallow Electorate’s Deep Flaws: When will we seek out leaders, not photogenic ‘pals’ who appear no smarter than we are?” Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2004.

“Wellfleet, the village of many words”, Provincetown Pocket Book 2003.