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Following her debut novel, The City is a Rising Tide, Rebecca Lee presents a collection of seven biting stories about the luxury we take in life’s ordinary comforts, and the threats, real or imagined, that lurk beyond the surface. As of this writing, Bobcat was longlisted for the international Frank O’Connor Prize for story collections, and the praise is due: with deadpan humor, Lee’s light touch illuminates the contrasts in everyday life—warmth and cold, past and present, beauty and terror—imbuing her realistic tales with quiet depth....
Hardcore punk idol Brody Dalle has changed a lot since we first met her - the tough, in-your-face musician is now a mom and a wife - and of course, still kicking ass. She gets personal and shares it all on this Saturday's Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet. Dalle was destined to be a feminist role model, accompanying her mother to anti-Bush protests, discovering Courtney Love at age 12, and joining a feminist collective before finishing high school. She started her first band, Sourpuss, when she was...
Everyone’s favorite cartoon redheaded boy is set to star in a feature film adaptation of the 72-year-old comic series Archie. The live action movie will be directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) and the screenplay will be written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacsa (Glee). There have been TV show adaptations of the comic as well as a made-for-TV movie, but Riverdale crew has never hit the big screen before. The most famous plot points of the Archie comics involve Archie’s love-triangle with blonde beauty Betty and brunette babe...
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation, or FGM, is a problem that resonates with women everywhere. What some people may attribute to cultural practice, a ceremony, and a rite of passage, others see as an active form of female oppression. I would agree with the latter. It is an unnecessary, violent act preformed on young women without any medical reasoning or benefits. In fact, the procedure can lead to excessive bleeding, infection, cysts, problems urinating, infertility and a...
Living in the United States, it is hard to imagine what it would be like to have your rights strictly limited. We can’t fathom how it would feel if, during a peaceful protest, all forms of communication were disassembled and we were sprayed down with tear gas. We must try to place ourselves in that situation, or at least realize injustice when it is staring at us in the face. But it’s not. The human rights violations that are occurring in Istanbul, Turkey are hardly being televised...