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Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" comment has lived on in infamy but let's hope that events like Out of the Binders will increase female representation in the workplace and eliminate ridiculous comments like these.Out of the Binders: Symposium on Women Writers Today, aka BinderCon, is a conference promoting leading women in publishing, journalism and entertainment. It aims to counteract the underrepresentation of women and gender nonconforming authors in ... Read More
Remember when Just Kids came out and everyone & their mother was reading it? “So raw,” “#robertmapplethorpe,” etc. The book is, obviously, awesome - Patti Smith is an artistic maven and ETHEREAL GODDESS. Her prose is out of control and totally hinges on those bittersweet moments (that could easily be turned into lyrics. We know what you’re up to, Smith).    "What an honest window into Smith’s life," you might be ... Read More
Moments after Jillian Weise left the stage of a poetry festival for which I volunteered, she pressed a copy of her recent poetry collection, The Book of Goodbyes, into my hands without payment. It's inscribed with one simple instruction: "Set the world on fire." It's a brilliant manifesto for a young woman of any discipline, and one that punches through every line of Weise's poetry. I asked her a few questions about new words, cyborgs, and burning the patriarchy ... Read More
Violette, the latest film by Martin Provost, stars the brilliant Emmanuelle Devos as revolutionary feminist author Violette Leduc, and Sandrine Kiberlain as the infamous writer and social theorist, Simone de Beauvoir. Presented by Adopt Films, the drama delves into the complexities and at times, emotional turmoil, of Leduc. The film captures her fascination and intense attachment for de Beauvoir, and the conviction de Beauvoir feels to share her unrivaled honesty ... Read More
Writers hope their work will resonate with readers. There must be truthfulness permeating our work for it to connect with audiences, no matter what genre we're writing in. Fiction and nonfiction are not as disparate as some might claim. In fact, outdated historical notions that polarize "fact" and "fiction" have long been called into question and deemed erroneous by many. We understand that real life experiences necessarily shape the content of fiction just as ... Read More
  From Mrs. Dalloway to To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s stories of human connection, empathy, and love span immeasurable distances of time, space, and circumstance; in their most resonant moments, her words make the complexities of our individual minds seem a little less isolating. To my utter delight, Brain Pickings’s Maria recently Popova recently offered the internet this glimpse into the emotional and intellectual realm of a ... Read More
  Happy Hallow's Eve's Eve, BUSTies! As another year comes to a close we don our carefully crafted outfits and munch on yummy candy, new controversies erupt over what costumes are socially acceptable or too revealing. And a lot of times, these conversations revolve around what women are entitled to wear. So before you head out tomorrow, take a listen to this awesome slam poetry from Washington D.C’s Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals 2013. Because ... Read More
The always incredible David Sedaris recently wrote an essay for The New Yorker that recalls a family trip to the beach following the suicide of his sister, Tiffany. Though the piece reflects on loss, and its subsequent effect on the Sedaris family, it is also filled with childhood nostalgia, and, ultimately, a sense of hopefulness.   Sedaris's signature humor is omnipresent as he recollects the oft-laughable, but sometimes somber family dynamics both prior to ... Read More
Ahh Wikipedia...truly my oldest and most treasured childhood friend. Without ye, so many A- papers would be mere C+’s...So many useless facts would remain unknown...Truly a bleak world would exist if not for Wikipedia. Yet, statistics show that less than 15% of Wikipedia contributors are female. Could it be that my heart and soul has been devoted the most patriarchal website of them all?! Say it ain’t so! The debate on why such a huge gender gap exists ... Read More
Amy Poehler, the world’s most fabulously awesome human being x1000, wrote a wonderfully thoughtful piece for The New Yorker about her experience as a 17-year old working at an ice cream parlor. The essay, which takes place in 1989—the summer before Poehler’s first year at Boston College—details the tribulations of working in the restaurant business, and explores a familiar topic: adolescent unease about the future. Recalling her ... Read More
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