Category: Pop Culture

When Women Criticize …

When women criticize … I’ve been called hysterical and told to reign in my anger, get control, etc. Anger is not a legitimate emotion when it comes to debate, even if it isn’t detectable. Being passionate about a topic renders one hysterical, or so it would seem when the person debating doesn’t want to actually…

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“Brüno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable”

UPDATE: VIDEO: Sacha Baron Cohen held by police after outrageous stunt on Milan catwalk By Nick Pisa Last updated at 7:45 PM on 26th September 2008 Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was taken to a police station yesterday after he brought chaos to the Milan fashion show for the second day running. Despite the increased security…

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WOM-PO and Walt Whitman

In a scene dubbed “a bit too precious” by one reviewer, an excerpt from Walt Whitman’s poem, “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” makes an appearance in the excellent film, L.I.E., above. And separately, I have been graciously granted, by Annie Finch, the Women’s Poetry Listserv moderator title that she has worn many years now:…

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Are You a Lesbian?

Lesbos islanders dispute gay name Campaigners on the Greek island of Lesbos are to go to court in an attempt to stop a gay rights organisation from using the term “lesbian”. The islanders say that if they are successful they may then start to fight the word lesbian internationally. The issue boils down to who…

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“I Named Myself”

“We used to go over to the railroad track and play,” she said. “We’d take straight pins, lay them on the railroad track and make little alphabets out of them. We’d know just about the time when the train was either coming or going, and the train would run over the pins and mash them…

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Feminist Resurgence?!

Since Ms. Clinton began her campaign, there certainly has been a public resurgence in misogyny, starting with my long-lost father sending me Hillary Clinton jokes via email. No call on my birthday or Christmas, but I warrant jokes in which a presidential candidate ends up dead, raped, and mocked? That’s emotionally-charged action from a man…

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Bitches

Who doesn’t love a good cat fight? Nails and hair flying, women on their knees, beating each other mercilessly, ripping out earrings, bleeding scratches, possible nudity — BUT. We intellectuals are above all that, right? Liberal men and liberal women use their brains and don’t succumb to such debased antics tinged with “lower class” heart-on-the-sleeve…

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Daisy Fried’s Poetry Exercises

Daisy Fried on Poetry: * I’ve never found an explanation for why poetry, apparently alone among the art forms, is asked to do more than be itself. * But poetry’s the High Art which is also democratic: inexpensive, portable, reproducible, quickly consumed (except for epic and very difficult poetry), requiring only literacy to participate. So…

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Who Thought of That?

** “The tooth-in-eye technique, pioneered in Italy 40 years ago …” [Blind teen to have parts of tooth, jaw inserted in eye] ** “The procedure used on McNichol involved his son Robert, 23, donating a tooth, its root and part of the jaw.” [Blind Irishman sees with the aid of son’s tooth in his eye]…

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Benjamin on Baudelaire

 The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire From the “INTRODUCTION” By Michael W. Jennings — THE WRITER OF MODERN LIFE: ESSAYS ON CHARLES BAUDELAIRE by Walter Benjamin: Yes the ragpicker is also a figure for Baudelaire, for the poet who draws on the detritus of the society through which he moves, seizing that…

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Tags: SEXY

This blog has received regular hits for The Knife’s “Pass This On” ever since I posted it at the end of May 2007. Since then, the video was removed by Youtube or the subscriber who posted it. Today, I found it elsewhere on the site (w/ an annoying “Z” in the upper corner) and posted…

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How to Hate Hillary

“You can … discuss this avalanche of misogyny without endorsing her campaign …” –Bill Moyers in conversation with Kathleen Hall Jamieson ~~ Select excerpts from Robin Morgan’s “Goodbye To All That (#2)“: —When a sexist idiot screamed “Iron my shirt!” at HRC, it was considered amusing; if a racist idiot shouted “Shine my shoes!” at…

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Mariah Carey Revisited

By Owen Pallett from Final Fantasy and The Arcade Fire. ~~ This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 at 11:31 pm 3 Responses to “Mariah Carey Revisited” Jim K. Says: August 30th, 2007 at 2:10 am ehmmmm… I’m awfully tempted to get that 4-track min-studio, or a sampler.. Fun! Amy King Says: September…

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Épisodes

It’s just me who said just cinema … “Just cinema.” … not like showing a photo of Marilyn Monroe when you’re talking about her, more like showing a photo of something else to introduce another idea … Not long after the Liberation there was a brief vogue for what were called “poetic films,” there would…

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MTV’s Poet Laureate

MtvU, the subsidiary of MTV Networks that is broadcast only on college campuses, will announce Monday that it has selected its first poet laureate. No, he doesn’t rap. And it’s not Bob Dylan, or even Justin Timberlake. It is John Ashbery, the prolific 80-year-old poet and frequent award winner known for his dense, postmodern style…

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“Why Poetry?”

An excerpt from James Baldwin’s essay, “If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?” (1979): People evolve a language in order to describe and thus control their circumstances, or in order not to be submerged by a reality that they cannot articulate. … What joins all languages, and all men, is the…

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Items of Import

1. Ana sends the above video by Bat for Lashes, “What’s a Girl To Do?”, which I find fun. I especially enjoyed the low budget feel and the choreography. I still own a small boy’s trick bike (sans pegs, for those in the know), and fancy remembering my younger self trying to perform such feats…

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Morgan Lucas Schuldt Appears

Morgan Lucas Schuldt appears ON THIS RECORDING in ode to Elliott Smith a la Billie Holiday. Sort of. An excerpt: “Charles Wright ends one of his poems on a line that goes something like “. . . and God knees our necks to the ground.” Not that God figures conspicuously – or even copiously –…

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What to Wear During an Orange Alert?

To Introduce, Inform, Interact, and Instigate… Ideas. Jason Behrends and another fella, Dan, consistently post, promote, and discuss an array of artists, painters, musicians, and writers on a regular schedule. As someone who neglects her blog in spurt and sputters, with apologies, I applaud their stamina and enthusiasm for the work of others. Jason Behrends…

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This Is Not An Indictment

For a few years now, I’ve used the 30-minute version of Maggie Hadleigh-West’s film, “War Zone“, in my basic writing course (excerpt above). I also used to work in Manhattan for about five years, and often found myself with a female co-worker navigating our lunchtime walks around construction sites or generally wherever men are known…

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Blue Sequin Jumpsuit

I probably won’t have my backup dancers with me on Sunday night, but I most likely will wear my blue sequin jumpsuit, if Mark and Adam wear theirs. PFS Post Presents Amy King, Adam Fieled and Mark Lamoureux Sunday, June 24th @ 8:00 PM Sidewalk Cafe 6th St. and Avenue A New York, NY ~~~

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