Movie Review: The Real Subject of ‘Boyhood’ Is Motherhood

September 1, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

The performances, the story, and the way that writer/director Richard Linklater and his team seduce us into seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary make the experience of watching this movie so powerful.

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Poetry Sunday: Back to “Real” Life

August 31, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Here we see that when Helen Hay Whitney returned to her engaged and enormous life, she took with her the comfort of something simple that she had learned to love.

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Poetry Sunday: The Wise Woman of Amherst

August 24, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Emily Dickinson: If only we all—from Missouri to the Middle East and North, South, East, and West of those places, too—understood as she did.

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Wednesday 5: Women of Vision

August 20, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Invisible Age

In this week’s Wednesday 5 we highlight women of vision—those who use the camera to tell compelling stories about our world and its complexities.

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Days of Their Lives: Carol Ostrow, Producing Director

August 19, 2014 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

“At the Flea we say that we want to go places artistically that you might not feel comfortable going,” says Carol Ostrow, the theater’s producing director. “Our work can be very transgressive and in your face. We exist on a playing field where we want to get in front of you.”

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Poetry Sunday: Found in a Forest

August 17, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Today we watch and listen as poet Cris Mulvey takes us on a long walk through her past and into a forest where instead of darkness she finds light.

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Helen Mirren Holds Culinary Court in ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

August 12, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

With its fine cast, glorious setting, and countless scenes of mouthwatering menus, ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ is an appetizing alternative to summer’s superheroes and zombies.

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Poetry Sunday: Traveling with Edna St. Vincent Millay

August 10, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Edna St. Vincent Millay was loyal and fickle, loved and betrayed and everything in between. Mostly she was unsettled and unsettling.

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The World According to Weber: the Thrill of Seeing

August 5, 2014 by Nancy Weber


By Nancy Weber

At the “Thrill of Seeing” exhibition: Look at the Miró-esque palette, the soft edges, in the Albers! Note the Albers-ish geometric riff on the right in the Miró! Can it be that these two beauties were created an ocean away from each other, three and a half decades apart? Zowie!

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Poetry Sunday: A Child Escapes

August 3, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Laura Davies Foley

The nightmare of divorce is what haunts this poem, and yet Laura Davies Foley, a poet we last brought to you in the summer of ’13, ends with the reminder that the resilience of childhood is a redeeming force.

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Dr. Ford Reviews: Sue Miller’s ‘The Arsonist’—Love’s Dangerous Spark

July 31, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Her depiction of Bud and Frankie’s affair lets Miller once again display her exceptional understanding of female sexuality and the uniquely artful way she has of portraying it as a fully integrated part of her characters’ lives.

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Movie Review: ‘And So It Goes’ (or, Gordon Gekko Meets Annie Hall)

July 29, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Diane Keaton is earnest, sentimental, a little goofy. But the flibbertigibbet routine is getting tired. Meanwhile, Michael Douglas chews the scenery as a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge. He seems to be having a grand old time—emphasis on the word “old.”

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Poetry Sunday: A Child Is Born

July 27, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Here, poet Barbara G.S. Hagerty imagines empowerment through nomenclature—and leaves no doubt about her opinion of the ordinary.

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Roz Reviews: ‘Tender Is the Brisket’

July 19, 2014 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

Stacia Friedman, who has worked in the film industry, knows how to put a scene together, keep it moving, and keep the laughs coming. But her wit carries insight.

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Beating the Box-Office Blues: 21 Summertime Movies You Can Catch at Home

July 15, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Hollywood’s summer-blockbuster emphasis on lowbrow content and high-tech special effects is a shame. Because, historically—or at least in my memory—there have been so many wonderful summer movies. Spending a hot afternoon in an air-conditioned cinema (or for those of us lucky enough to remember, an evening at a drive-in) was a precious piece of summers past.

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