“One Half of the World does not know how the other Half lives,” Franklin once wrote. His sister is his other Half.”
― Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians—a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister, Jane, whose obscurity and poverty were matched only by her brother’s fame and wealth but who, like him, was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator.
Making use of an astonishing cache of little-studied material, including documents, objects, and portraits only just discovered, Jill Lepore brings Jane Franklin to life in a way that illuminates not only this one extraordinary woman but an entire world.
One of my favorite reads of 2014 so far!
I got chills watching this trailer for Be Natural, a documentary in the works about Alice Guy-Blaché, the first female film director. (I’d never heard of her before last night)
Ali Smith celebrates Lee Miller's literary talents | Books | The Guardian
How to see Lee Miller? Much of her life would be a negotiation between the act of seeing and the act of being seen.
This woman sounds like a firecracker. She was a model, artist, photojournalist, writer, lover to Man Ray, artist’s muse, wife, mother, and more …Her life story is begging for a film treatment.
Author, activist, visionary, and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
RIP Wangari Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011).
“Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own.”
[Guardian: Farewell Wangari Maathai, you were a global inspiration – and my heroine]