In the acknowledgments after each piece collected here, I’ve named the
many who helped me in so many ways, over so many years. I thank them all
again for a lifetime of intense conversations, actions taken together, and
then rethought. How exciting it’s been — and continues to be.
This collection could never have come together without Katie Detwiler,
whose technical skills and warm intellectual company have made this project
delightful rather than onerous. A number of friends have been marvelous
critical readers. They have helped me, encouraged me, rescued me. I thank,
for their good ear, brilliant edits, and long empathy with my doings: Cynthia
Carr, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Susan Faludi, Evelyn Frankford, Daniel Goode,
Karen Hopenwasser, Judith Levine, Henry Shapiro, Meredith Tax, Leonore
Tiefer, and Carole Vance. I thank, too, for their support and skill, my editors
at Dissent: Michael Walzer, Judy Walzer, Michael Kazin, and Maxine Phillips.
Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman have been fellow travelers for years.
Discussions with them have enriched all I do.
I thank Nanette Rainone, creator of the radio show “Womankind,” on
wbai-fm New York, for being the best and most helpful boss I have ever
had and for giving me the opportunity to talk about feminism for hours and
hours on the radio, 1970 – 1979.
No one who writes personal essays today should omit a thank you to Phil-
lip Lopate, champion of the form, inspiring practitioner, generous reader.
These are the members of my first consciousness-raising group, 1969 –
1970, the founding group of New York Radical Feminists called the Stanton-
Anthony Brigade: Minda Bickman, Diane Crothers, Shulamith Firestone,