The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: May 17, 2010

- Stieg Larsson , writer of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo , has a new book coming out. So what’s the appeal of this writer’s trilogy, and why are we so excited for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest ? [ Salon ]

- Sarah Palin isn’t alone. More women are buying guns than ever before according to a 2009 survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Meet some of the surprising stars at a recent NRA convention. [ NY Daily News ]

-A study shows that women who marry much older or much younger are at a higher risk of death. [ The Daily Beast ]

-Former first lady Laura Bush gave a surprising seal of approval to Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court early yesterday. [ New York ]

-Where do the jokes of Tina Fey come from, and why are they funny? [ New York ]

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