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In Love Between the Covers, viewers are thrown into the world of the most popular fiction on the market—romance novels. Surprised? Maybe not, considering we’re now living in a post-Fifty Shades of Gray society, which, despite the thundering criticisms, is one of the best-selling book series of all time. I thought I knew the whole story of these romantic fictions, often condescended to by fans of “high literature” like myself; however, I was totally, totally wrong. The great thing about this documentary is that it puts...
"The New World." This romanticized term inspired legions of Europeans to race to the place we live in search of freedom from oppressive regimes or treasures that would be claimed in the name of some European nation. Those who arrived in the Native American Garden of Eden had never seen a land so uncorrupted. The Europeans saw new geography, new plants, new animals, but the most perplexing curiosity to these people were the Original Peoples and our ways of life. Of all of the foreign life...
As an art form, public art is all about scale: the larger the wall, the better. In transforming huge walls into canvases, street artists have found a way to transform the visual aesthetic, but also function, of a given space. Walls become not just surfaces for painting but areas for social commentary. Since starting this blog, I’ve been interested in the ways that street art can create an experience — not only aesthetically, but through its ability to spark dialogue. Lately, I’ve especially been interested in...
  Ghostbusters director Paul Feig makes comedies about women that women actually enjoy   “I like women,” writer/director/producer Paul Feig, 53, tells me during a chat in his Burbank, CA, office, where the nameplate on his desk reads: Chief Business Gentleman. “I have a healthy relationship with the women in my life. I always have.”Perhaps it’s this lifelong affinity with the XX crowd that is the secret to Feig’s success. Most people first got a taste of his signature style in 1999 when his series Freaks and Geeks...
The cover of Arielle Greenberg’s Locally Made Panties is delightfully audacious. It’s a photograph from 1975 of a woman with the Farrah Fawcett flip, reclining on a bed, legs spread. She wears a white tank and pulls her white panties up by the waist and against her vulva, giving us a peek at her pubic hair. Locally Made Panties is a collection of essays detailing Greenberg’s fraught relationship with her feminism and her obsession with clothes, body image, and consumerism. Essay titles like “New Bras,” “The...