This week we're reading Tamer Seckin's The Doctor Will See You Now: Recognizing and Treating Endometriosis, the Summer 2016 issue of Gather Journal, and Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower.More
As people, but especially as women, we have to be our own medical advocates. Whether it's my friends making their way through the birth industrial complex or the ones deciding how to handle a chronic illness like Lyme, educating ourselves is power. Plus (and I'm a broken record on this), our pain — especially if it's located between belly button and ass crack — is often not treated with the seriousness we would hope. My particular journey to navigate has been endometriosis, and Tamer Seckin'sThe Doctor Will See You Now: Recognizing and Treating Endometriosis, written with sensitivity and spirit, is an amazing primer if you or someone you love is suffering. In a world where information is everywhere yet answers are hard to come by, Dr. Seckin offers comfort and guidance.
The right book — or in this case, journal — can be as much of a vacation as a weekend by the sea. The summer 2016 issue of Gather Journal, dedicated to the 1970s, is giving me deep getaway vibes, with Gather's usual mix of inspired contributions (a dinner-party playlist from Chaka Khan), deeply researched riffs (on '70s hair and '70s cookbooks), and culturally relevant recipes like Fleetwood Mac Funnel Cakes ("heavily dusted"), a Joni Mitchell Crunchy Canyon Salad, and a dinner menu dedicated to David Bowie. I'm always thrilled, impressed, and a little envious of Gather because it is so good. I treat the bylines as a playlist of my own — Google some of their writers, and you will find even more to consume.