A lawyer, social critic, and contributing editor of The Atlanticsince 1991, Wendy Kaminer has said that she likes to think words have power but knows they don't cast spells. Kaminer's experiences as a staff attorney in the New York Legal Aid Society and in the New York City Mayor's Office have no doubt influenced her writing projects. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993, and is now a senior corresponent for The American Prospect. A renowned contrarian, Kaminer has tackled the issues of censorship and pornography, feminism, pop psychology, gender roles and identities, crime and the criminal-justice system, and gun control. Her latest book, Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety, is about irrationalism, focusing on popular spirituality and religion. Kaminer's articles in The Atlantic include a review of Susan Faludi's Backlash (December 1991), "Feminists Against the First Amendment" (November 1992), "Feminism's Identity Crisis" (October 1993), "Crime and Community" (May 1994), "Second Thoughts on the Second Amendment" (March 1996), "The Latest Fashion in Irrationality" (July 1996), "A Civic Duty to Annoy," (September 1997), "The Trouble With Single-Sex Schools" (April 1998), and "The Grads of '69" (June 1999).
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Interviews: "America the Irrational" (November 3, 1999)
Wendy Kaminer, the author of Sleeping With Extra-Terrestrials, sees a disturbing decline of reason in our public life.
Kaminer has authored several books, including: Women Volunteering: The
Pleasure, Pain & Politics of Unpaid Work (1984); A Fearful
Freedom: Women's Flight from Equality (1991); I'm Dysfunctional, You're
Dysfunctional: the Recovery Movement & Other Self-Help Fashions
(1992); It's All the Rage: Crime and Culture (1995); and
True Love Waits, an essay collection published in May, 1996. Her
articles and reviews have also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and Newsweek. Her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio.
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