To judge by appearances, Catherine is a roaring success. A celebrated New York academic who still fits into her skinny jeans, she's dubbed the "hot doomsday chick" when she appears on Bill Maher's program.
Riding high in her career, this fortysomething feminist provocateur, drawn to making bold connections between porn and pop culture, is a magnet for envy. She's smart, she's sexy, she's independent.
So why is she suddenly having a middle-aged meltdown, agonizing over her life choices and feeling bereft because she doesn't have a husband and children?