BY Marissa Dubecky
on Dec 04, 2014
The Susan Sontag documentary we've all been anticipating will be available on HBO, HBOGO, and HBO ON DEMAND starting Monday December 8. Regarding Susan Sontag, directed by Nancy Kates, follows the feminist icon's personal life and career as she emerges as one of the most influential political critics, outspoken advocates for human rights, and all around badass women of the 20th century. Read More
BY Audrey Cerchiara
on Oct 22, 2014
At the end of our first decade without her piercing and original insight, Susan Sontag is being profiled in a new documentary that debuts on HBO December 8. In Regarding Susan Sontag director Nancy Kates, who reintroduced activist Bayard Rustin to US history in her previous doc, Brother Outsider, tracks the evolution of an outspoken and provocative political, literary, and social critic. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Nov 12, 2013
In Alabama it's illegal to have an ice cream cone in your pocket at all times
The critic Susan Sontag wrote that photography, like no other medium, has the power to condemn or implicate. Crime scene images evidence wrongdoings; we take photographs as proof of something illicit. In her series I Fought the Law, young photographer Olivia Locher cleverly subverts what we think of when we think of crime and bad behavior.
Scouring the nation for absurd laws, like dildo and ice cream regulations, she creates staged narratives of each crime. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Oct 22, 2013
Elinor Carucci, "Feeding Emanuelle from a plastic bottle after I stopped breastfeeding" 2004.
Photography, as a medium, is inextricably bound to the idea of motherhood. We see mothers (and fathers) everywhere snapping pictures of their infants. Art critic Roland Barthes rooted his discussion of the emotional power of photographs in an image he found of his mother after her death. Photography gives us a means of capturing something we know will soon be lost: the pregnant belly, the milk mustache. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Sep 20, 2012
Damn, Brainpickings always has the coolest book stuff! If you missed last week’s vintage library ads, go look at them now. And then come back. Right back. Because you need to look at these, too.
Brainpickings has collected images of the first ads for famous books, from The Great Gatsby to Slaughterhouse-Five to The Joy Of Sex.
One thing that strikes me about these ads is just how many WORDS there are. Read More