Stories by Laura Barcella

Laura Barcella is a former associate editor at AlterNet and a freelance writer and the editor of Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop (March 2012, Soft Skull Press). subscribe to Laura Barcella's feed

Posted on: Sep 14, 2005, Source: AlterNet

<i>'Ohhhh the water...'</i> (That's supposed to be sung aloud, a la Van Morrison). Anyhow, there's a funky new online map that allows you to see the current flood depth anywhere in New Orleans.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2005, Source: AlterNet

I'm not going to do anything specifically "9/11"-ey this Sunday. But I'll do what I've been doing for the last 4 years -- think about it.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2005, Source: AlterNet

So many people lost everything in the storm -- why must they be forced to give up their beloved pets, too?

Posted on: Sep 6, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Call it yet another waste of precious resources...

Posted on: Sep 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A few celebrities pledge $1 million each to aid Katrina relief efforts, while NYC plans an appropriately alcohol-related Nola fundraiser.

Posted on: Sep 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

For those of us far from the eye of the storm, there are things we can do to help Katrina's victims.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Do you agree that it's the Bush kids' <i>duty</i> to fight for their country -- or else?

Posted on: Aug 29, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Will Bill O'Reilly <i>ever</i> allow arch-nemesis Robert Greenwald to kick his butt on live TV?

Posted on: Aug 25, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In his book <i>American Mania</i>, a psychiatrist urges us to stop our endless quest of accumulation -- unless we want to witness a mass psychological and economic meltdown.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Feel-good fake-feminist mag <i>Jane</i> runs an insidious full-page ad encouraging women to enlist in the US Army.

Posted on: Aug 16, 2005, Source: AlterNet

sitting in a tree. In love, forever and ever.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2005, Source: AlterNet

and fires round after round at Supreme Court nom John Roberts. It's getting ugly!

Posted on: Aug 9, 2005, Source: AlterNet

...unless you want to lose face in the lesbian community. DUH.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2005, Source: AlterNet

John Roberts: 'No privacy for you.'

Posted on: Aug 7, 2005, Source: AlterNet

David LaChapelle's new documentary chronicles the evolution of a dance craze in South Central L.A. -- but skims over harder questions about race.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2005, Source: AlterNet

BlogHer convention, part 3: Identity blogs. How to be careful in your writing while also being candid; how to deal with the risks of being <b>too</b> honest (i.e. stalkers, flamers), and addressing the question of narcisissm.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2005, Source: AlterNet

My first <a href="http://www.blogher.org">BlogHer</a> panel dissects red and blue echo chambers (i.e. how can we make them talk to each other?); race and ethnicity in the blogosphere; the 'parrotsphere' and why it's useless; strategies for making political analysis more palatable to culture at large.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Here I am, at the BlogHer conference.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Tomorrow I'll spend my whole (hopefully sunny) Saturday in Santa Clara, CA at <a href="http://www.blogher.org/">BlogHer</a>, the first-ever convention of women bloggers. I'll also be live-blogging from the event. Are you excited? I am.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Two recently-fired journalists highlight the editorial and ethical ambiguities of the PR-woos-writer media game.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The Roman Polanski vs. <i>Vanity Fair</i> libel lawsuit raised oft-forgotten questions about the fugitive director's misogynistic, violent past.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2005, Source: AlterNet

At <a href="http://hrw.org/">Human Rights Watch</a>, refugee children aged eight to 15 paint vivid scenes from the conflict in Darfur.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2005, Source: AlterNet

but I might not do <i>that</i>.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2005, Source: AlterNet

No, I don't care about TomKat more than I care about Iraq, or London, or Rove, or Washington DC cat-killers. But I do care, for some reason, about the mental decline of Katie Holmes.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The 'I'm Tom Cruise, and I'm in LOVE!!!' blog provides minutes and minutes of TomKat gossip goodness.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The city has banned the sale of marijuana-flavored candy -- commonly marketed under brand names such as Chronic, Rasta and Purple Haze. Weird.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2005, Source: AlterNet

John Graham's recent article, about being on the government's 'no fly' list, sparked a number of insightful comments from alarmed AlterNet readers.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2005, Source: AlterNet

We talk with media darling Steven Johnson about pop culture, 'media diet,' and -- ahem -- whether his much-hyped new book should really be taken seriously.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Blogger Solari Ekine of <a href="http://okrasoup.typepad.com/black_looks/2005/07/we_are_not_whal.html">Black Looks</a> writes, 'It is as if people so much want to believe that Geldof's agenda for Africa has and will make a difference that they cannot see the wood for the trees...'

Posted on: Jul 5, 2005, Source: AlterNet

On July 4th, the United Church of Christ became the largest Christian denomination to endorse gay marriage.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Remember when Tom Cruise said that Brooke Shields should have treated her postpartum depression with vitamins instead of Paxil? She's fighting back in a <i>New York Times</i> op-ed.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

My June 29 blog post about the Oprah/Hermes incident spawned some enlightening reader comments -- as well as some intense debate & anger & miscommunication & offense...

Posted on: Jun 30, 2005, Source: AlterNet

I like to think of myself as being <i>in the online loop</i>. But I might be late to the 43 Things party...

Posted on: Jun 29, 2005, Source: AlterNet

I'm torn about Oprah. I mean, if Hermes <i>really was</i> closed, it's slightly obnoxious for her to have tried to get in. But the best thing to come out of the whole debacle is the dialogue it's sparked about consumers & race.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The 58-year-old heir was ranked No. 11 on <i>Forbes</i>' list of the world's richest people. But at least he gave some of his money away for low-income families to send their kids to private school.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2005, Source: AlterNet

If Bill Keller honestly thinks the <i>New York Times</i> needs to remedy its reputation as some sort of bastion of liberal thought, he's gone off the deep end.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2005, Source: AlterNet

"It is hard to be an American in Australia at the moment, it is really hard. It varies with different people, but you have to be quiet and try not to draw attention to yourself."

Posted on: Jun 26, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Psycho interpersonal relationships that make the world as fun and scary and fabulous as it is.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2005, Source: AlterNet

I still don't trust Nike, even though it gets a (very tiny) cookie for its...

Posted on: Jun 14, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Former police chief Norm Stamper opens up about the dark side of American policing, from institutionalized racism to misogyny and homophobia.

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