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Big Stone Gap—a novel-turned-movie starring Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenna Elfman, and Jane Krakowski—is set in a small Virginia town where everybody knows each other. Ave Maria Mulligan (Judd) is the “old maid” of the town at 40 with no husband and no children. Although she seems OK with the label, it is apparent that her pharmacy and playwrighting jobs are not enough to keep her busy. Ave’s story unfolds in the context of two love interests, Theodore Tipton (John Benjamin Hickey) and...
  Some women have family, friends, priests, rabbis, psychologists or support groups to guide them through their breast cancer diagnosis and recovery. Amy Marcs has Barbie. The iconic plastic doll plays a major role in Amy’s one-woman comedy show “Nice Tits," directed by Peter Michael Marino and currently playing at the Pit in NYC. For Amy, Barbie is both a no-nipple role model and a self-esteem-boosting hallucination. Barbie’s importance is just one of the many simultaneously hilarious and touching aspects of the show - there’s also Amy’s superstitious...
On Wednesday, an Idaho high school went under lockdown while the police investigated and arrested a 15-year-old boy for threatening to “kill all the girls” because he harassed the cheerleading team for nude photos and nobody, shocker of shockers, wanted to give him any. In a conversation over social media, he said he had a 12 gauge and a 9 millimeter and that he “hopes everyone writes a good will because [he's] coming on Friday at 9:30 first period, [he's] gonna start shooting from B hall down...
  Like most progressive feminists, I celebrated the moment during the congressional testimony of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards when the particularly smug House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, produced an entirely slanted, politicized graph which he claimed he manufactured based on Planned Parenthood’s actual number of abortions. Ms. Richards recognized that the graph had actually been doctored by Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion group, and called him on it - which both effectively shut down his entire interrogation as well...
Svetlana Alexievich is the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for her impactful works that captured the historically rich stories by combining journalism and literature, The Swedish Academy announced today. The Academy released a statement saying that Alexievich was chosen "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time." The 67-year-old Belarusian writer and journalist — known for titles like Voices From Chernobyl and Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War — is the fourteenth woman on the list of Nobel Prize in...
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