“Plastic-surgery shaming is thus tantamount to blaming the victims of this ideal for working so hard to achieve what we’ve told them, for decades, they must do. It’s bullshit, it’s unfeminist, and it’s just one of many ways in which society damns women for taking its ideals concerning sexuality or the body to their natural extension.”—What’s Really Behind The Ridicule Of Renée Zellweger’s Face
“Those who are afraid of The Death of Klinghoffer because Palestinians have been awarded some of its most beautiful music haven’t listened very carefully – or haven’t stayed in their seats until the end. The heartbreaking aria that closes the opera belongs to Marilyn Klinghoffer, mourning her husband with controlled anguish. The loss that The Death of Klinghoffer invites us to experience most acutely is personal, not political.”—Who’s afraid of ‘Klinghoffer’? « LRB blog
“If you think about it, most people are making do. They’re not living their dreams, but they’re not living a miserable existence, either. That’s kind of what life is—you mostly just do jobs that you can get and that pay for things.”—The Rumpus Interview With Rainbow Rowell - The Rumpus.net
“As for the spinoff, it’s just wishful thinking right now. “I wish that Twitter and all my fans were a network or a studio because I would already be in my fifth season of the spinoff,” she said, laughing. “But no, no one who has any authority or anything like that has said anything to me, but I am so flattered that people enjoy the character so much that they want more. I guess it’s that old adage, ‘Leave them wanting more.’ I hope that I will continue to do that in the next couple of episodes.””—How The Good Wife Provided Carrie Preston’s Perfect Escape | E! Online
C’mon, CBS - my spinoff idea with Tascioni and Geneva Pine working in the same firm is still available!
“From the get-go, one of the things I’ve liked most about “The Good Wife” is that it frequently depicts people enjoying the fact that they are good at their jobs. They like what they do! How crazy is that?”—'The Good Wife' Brings Fun To Quality TV
“But “The Good Wife” resists formula at every step. The Kings go grand, then tiny, staccato to legato, turning necessities into virtues. Pressures that crush other TV shows inspire clever work-arounds.”—“The Good Wife” ’s Thrilling Transformation
The clear takeaway from the Sundance study was that women fared much better in documentary, and particularly when examining their representation at a prestigious film festival like Sundance. And I think anecdotally that’s true, but we also need to focus on what it means to be better than horrible. Because the statistics about women in film are just that – horrible.
“BuzzFeed News identified 28 mothers in 11 states sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for failing to prevent their partners from harming their children. In every one of these cases, there was evidence the mother herself had been battered by the man.”—How The Law Turns Battered Women Into Criminals
“Pressed to pick out a celebrity who might typify the Madewell girl, Mau chose Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson. This does not entirely jibe with my mental picture of my tough immigrant great-grandfather selling stiff denim overalls to New England dockworkers.”—How Madewell Bought And Sold My Family’s History
“The top two debuts of the fall season so far among viewers under 50 are ABC’s Black-ish and How to Get Away With Murder. Both feature African-American leads. Perhaps network and studio casting directors will keep this in mind next spring.”—ABC’s How to Get Away With Murders Competition — Vulture
Last year, a New Orleans college student awoke nude in a public place, disoriented and fearing she had been drugged and raped. Emergency officials responded to the scene and urged her to let them take her to the hospital.
She hesitated. She just wanted to go home. She also worried the hospital charges would appear on insurance statements and alarm her parents, whose health plan she was on. But, she said, the responders convinced her there would be no charge.
A year later, a letter appeared in her campus mailbox informing her that she owed $2,254.
Historical accuracy does of course matter. Misrepresenting the past does a disservice to truth. But often, a too-perfect representation of the past risks recreating the same violence and harm. Consider how romances set in the American antebellum south so often dehumanize black charactersas a matter of course. (Shout-out to Beverly Jenkins’Indigo for doing pretty much the opposite of that.) Consider the ways that aristocratic systems are ennobled (ha! see what I did there), romanticized, and democratized in historical romance. Every duke deserves his rank by merit of character/leadership as well as by birth. Every duke is also kind to his servants.
What matters, I think, are not so much the mistakes, but the mistakes we insist upon repeating. Repetition creates a space for its subject, like water drops wearing away a stone; accumulation becomes important.
Another great read that points out that it matters what stories keep getting told again and again.
(PS those murals she posted pics of do look like something out of Pawnee)