There’s been a whole lot of debate surrounding Japanese game culture lately. And reasonably so; as the entertainment industry has taken it too far with the new game “RapeLay.”  Without elaborating, the motive of this crap rape game is to rape random female avatars, as well as their family members in discreet spots as well as in public. How’s that for stunting healthy sexual growth in young people?   But when this issue was ... Read More

Burn, Baby, Burn

BY Nissa in Feminism

What seems to be all the rage these days? Burning money. That's right. In protest to the wage gap between men and women, Sweden's feminist group set fire to what amounted to $13,000 - a number which symbolizes the money women miss out on every minute. While Sweden is known internationally for its progressive moves towards gender equality and substantial family support (including paid maternity AND paternity leave) it still has a long way to go to support women in ... Read More
The Palin family just won’t go away. Recently, we’ve seen Sarah Palin all over the news preaching what she deems a new “feminism” to women by empowering themselves through accepting traditional gender roles. In the news, she is said to have bonded with groups of women by revealing how hard it was to be pregnant at forty. She says that she “drove to another state to buy a pregnancy test” and “waited in a lonely, hotel ... Read More

Literary Ladies

BY Nissa in Feminism

Two talented women will be in town tonight to discuss their recent literary endeavors. Koren Zailckas, author of Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood will be reading and leading a discussion tonight at McNally Jackson Books alongside author Hephzibah Anderson, author of Chastened: The Unexpected Story of My Year Without Sex. The reading will start at 7 p.m. Smashed, which came out about four years ago when Zailckas was twenty-three, was Zailckas first book, and, ... Read More
Holy crap. If you have not heard up and coming, indie songwriter Emily Jane White yet you need to head to her website and check her out. Now. If you’re a sucker for female voices like Jolie Holland, Edith Piaf, Cat Power, Hope Sandoval or Shannon Wright you will love Emily Jane White. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video Almost three years ago I was heading to the San Fran International Airport just lolly-gagging through Potrero Hill ... Read More

Foodies Unite!

BY Nissa in Eat Me

Tonight debuts the fourth annual New York City Food Film Festival. The NYC Food Film Fest is the delicious brainchild of documentary filmmaker George Motz, director of the documentary Hamburger America. Motz wanted us to be able to explore a multi-dimensional method of tasting food - by learning about it at the same time! So what exactly is this food and film fest? The best answer is that its an exploration of an overall sensory experience of food. You watch a ... Read More
I found myself in the art/ photography publication section of a Borders this morning; where on the cover of Color Magazine the face of Kimiko Yoshida was discovered gazing back at me. The art nerd in me lost it to her technique: the neon green and highlighter yellow layered over a matte grey, the choice of tonal variations within a monochromatic field, the fact that somewhere in this latticed color landscape is a distinct, yet sinking, shape of a woman peering ... Read More
It’s been three years since the seven piece (plus guests) Canadian ensemble Arcade Fire toured the United States. Which is ironic because they seem so, well, American.  When Arcade Fire released Neon Bible in 2007 they ended up articulating an image of disenchantment so real to Americans it hurt. Delivered with the hollow, melodic voice of vocalist Win Butler and accompanied by the soulful droning of a church organ and the metallic lick of string ... Read More
If you’re living in New York you may have noticed the quiet shifting of scenery on the walls of the city. By the hand of artist Swoon, a new cast of imagery extends into brickwork and steel, transforming the regular into dreamscape. Swoon’s work might qualify for a type of expressionism called magic realism, where the weight of reality is lifted through manipulation of light, line and color. But it’s not all manipulation. Swoon works within the ... Read More

Hidden Gem

BY Nissa in Music

It never surprises me when I stumble upon an amazing, independent musician in the vast depths of the internet. They are out there; multiplying; so it will always be impossible to find them all. Recently, however, I came across Noemi Calumarte (from Barcelona) on her MySpace page and fell in love. Calumarte has the kind of voice that is thick and soulful, reminiscent of Nina Simone but with the heart wrenching poetics of Leonard Cohen. One might compare her to Lhasa ... Read More
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