A beautiful feline named Mowgli has just inspired a kitty-cat dream come true! When his human companion, Stefan Hoffman, intuited that he needed a little more space to play around in their apartment, he designer build his furry friend a fantastical indoor playground, complete with plenty of scratching poles, bridges, and cozy compartments in which to laze about. Take a look, and feel free to get your kitty his or her very own super-chic play-set, available ... Read More
  House Republicans are continuing to press forward with HR 7, also known as the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” a legal step limiting abortion access, particularly to low-income women. One thing that has possibly helped the bill get so far is that it outlines an exception for rape and incest victims. This provision would in turn allow governments to decide who qualifies, putting women in the horrific position of having to prove the ... Read More
  Meet the installation artist’s Lucy Glendinning’s “Feather Child:” a downey hybrid, the bird/human rests quietly in fetal position, moving only slightly in her sleep. With this offering, Glendinning asks viewers if “we [will] be able to resist” the potential to genetically enhance our human experiences. Inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus, she imagines future humans treating our DNA as a medium of expression and ... Read More
  Fans of Dana Scully, unite! This is big news, everyone: our favorite X-Files star, the amazing Gillian Anderson, is co-authoring a trilogy of science fiction novels with writer Jeff Rovin titled EarthEnd. Their first book, A Vision of Fire, is slated to appear in print and on e-book devices everywhere in October, thanks to Simon & Schuster’s new sci-fi imprint Simon451. We can’t wait to see what Scully— er, Anderson— dreams ... Read More
  There’s nothing like a lion: they’re majestic, gorgeous, and fiercely intelligent animals. Hyenas, too, are wise, complex, and deeply thoughtful creatures. Both species display amazing capacities for love and gentleness, yet they are pegged as predators; the sad truth is that humans have all but destroyed the earth’s beautiful wildlife. In the next twenty years, lions could be extinct, their African plains destroyed by human ... Read More
  After someone dies, their image and defining characteristics take on new meaning. The first image I recall when I think of my grandmother is often her hand; I imagine it jumping across the pages of fairy tales she read to me, and sometimes I even slip on her opal ring and imagine myself as her, acting out the rhythmic motions. The idea that part of her continues to live within me is as comforting as it is unsettling; although we longer take Victorian-style ... Read More
  Sylvia Plath’s body of work seems to span mediums and generations, tapping into our most profound pathoses and dreams. Be she blonde or brunette, poet or artist, each of her creations is tinged with the same gentle yet daring girlishness. Rest your head, if you will, on a Plath masterpiece entitled The Bed Book, a book of poetry she authored for her very own children. In this imagination-nourishing anthology, the poet unveils the mysterious and ... Read More
  Mermaid mythology reaches far and wide, informing the ways in which cultures view young women: they are fertile, tempting, majestic, and powerful. Able to empathize with human beings, they inhabit worlds of fantasy and terror, luring fisherman away from their daily catch with sweet music and sweeping gestures of the tail.   Portugal    In her series Milk & Sea, the photographer Hana Vojáčková imagines the mermaids ... Read More
  The beloved sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” sparked outrage this week with an episode that featured three white stars (Colbie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, and Josh Radnor) dressed as masters of the “Slap of a Million Exploding Suns,” the episode’s central comic conceit. Oh, and the actors donned what many are calling "yellowface," dressing up as stereotypical Asian individuals for laughs.   With the recent outrage over ... Read More
  Our media has the tendency to bombard us with dehumanizing images of the female body. Instead of presenting women as fully-realized individuals, it dissects us into sexualized parts like “breast,” “butt,” or “thigh.” The photographer Roger Weiss explains this sort of objectification thusly: “The image of women of our times has been reduced to a pattern, a combination of codes and models that lead to the ... Read More
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