Friday, December 2, 2016

The ‘Final Girl’

Her friends are dead; she looks like hell; the guy with the knife won’t let up. Meet the final girl.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Simone de Beauvoir Explains “Why I’m a Feminist” in a Rare TV Interview (1975)

Almost forty years after this interview—over sixty since The Second Sex—the debates De Beauvoir helped initiate rage on, with no sign of abating anytime soon. Although Servan-Schreiber calls feminism a “rising force” that promises “profound changes,” one wonders whether De Beauvoir, who died in 1986, would be dismayed by the plight of women in much of the world today. But then again, unlike her character Marcel, De Beauvoir was a fighter, not likely to “huddle in a corner” and give in. Servan-Schreiber states above that De Beauvoir “has always refused, until this year, to appear on TV,” but he is mistaken. In 1967, she appeared with her partner Jean-Paul Sartre on a French-Canadian program called Dossiers. Open

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Root: How Racism Tainted Women's Suffrage

"I am in Great Britain today because I believe that the silent indifference with which she has received the charge that human beings are burned alive in Christian Anglo-Saxon communities is born of ignorance of the true situation. America cannot and will not ignore the voice of a nation that is her superior in civilization."
In 1893, journalist and early civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells crossed the Atlantic for the first time to deliver that sobering message to Great Britain. She had hoped to sway public opinion about the racial violence that plagued the U.S. The lynching of black men and women seemed to have become a sport among Southern white mobs — reaching a peak of 161 deaths in 1892.
Full article here. 

Brought me back to this book.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Witches illustrated in Martin Le Franc’s ‘Le Champion des Dames’ (1451)

The First Known Depiction of a Witch on a Broomstick

In the 15th century, the image of the witch flying on a broomstick first appeared, its meaning laden with sexual and spiritual depravity. Full Article at Hyperallergic

Thursday, October 20, 2016

washington phillips

There aren’t many artists for whom the come-on “New Research!” would yield much fuss. But Washington Phillips—a stocky, snuff-dipping gospel singer from East Texas, who recorded eighteen songs for Columbia Records between 1927 and 1929—is an uncommonly captivating cipher. Since at least 1991, when Yazoo Records issued “I Am Born to Preach the Gospel,” the first digital compilation of Phillips’s work, listeners have been trying to suss out exactly what Phillips was doing in the makeshift Dallas studio where these songs were recorded. They simply do not seem born of this earth. Full New Yorker story here.
Washington Phillips, in 1950. Photograph by Doris Neel

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016