Poetry Sunday: “One to Watch, and One to Pray,” by Camille Dungy

May 24, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

Photo: WideVision Photography/Marcia Wilson.

The main strategy at work in this poem is repetition of words and phrases, like the unforgettable “we passed the baby over the bed.”

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‘Mad Men,’ Seriously . . .

May 21, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Don Draper’s life is dominated by an emptiness created by the longing for the mother he never had and a need to escape from that emptiness whenever he feels uncomfortable. Matthew Weiner has given us a beautifully rendered portrait of a kind of narcissistic type known as the “as if” personality disorder.

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‘Mad Men’ Finale: I’d Like to Buy Matt Weiner a Coke

May 19, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

In this giant gift of a final episode, we’re left with a very comfortable sense of hope. After 92 fairly gritty hours, happy endings—no matter how unlikely—are welcome.

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Poetry Sunday: “That Year I Read Anne Frank’s Diary,” by Susan Cohen

May 17, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


How does this poet make it new, this story we know so well? One way is by bringing Anne Frank close with an intimate conversational tone (“Did she have the same trouble with her hair?”). Another is through vivid figurative language like “shy as my buds of breasts” and the potent image and sound of “soot twin.”

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Netflix Review: “Grace and Frankie”—Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Make a Delightful Odd Couple

May 12, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (who both look fabulous at, respectively, 77 and 75) are perfectly matched. As you watch each 30-minute episode of this Netflix series, you can appreciate not only their acting, but how much fun they’re having.

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Mother’s Day: “Gathering Bones,” by Wendy Barker

May 10, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


“Gathering Bones” braids two narratives-of-narratives: one, a film about a farmer whose retrieval of bones allows him to construct a history of the Holocaust in which he finds himself complicit; and another, the history of the speaker’s mother, reconstructed from memory and dreams.

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Mothers in Literature: The Good, the Bad, and the Murderous

May 10, 2015 by Toni Myers


By Toni Myers

Perhaps the most tortured mother in all literature is Sophie Zawistowska, whose life is forever frozen in time after the SS officer at Auschwitz demands: “You may keep one of your [two] children. The other one will have to go. Which one will you keep?”

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Where Are All the Stage Mothers? (Maternal Roles Get Short Shrift in the Theater)

May 5, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Historically, both straight plays and musicals have been a little biased when it comes to maternal characters.

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Poetry Sunday: “The New Egypt,” by Robin Becker

May 3, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Becker’s subject—property acquisition and its relation to ideas of family and homeland—is an unconventional and powerfully moving choice for a sonnet, proving again the infinite elasticity and enduring vitality of the form.

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The Wednesday 5: The Netflix Five—Women-Directed Films

April 29, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

In this iteration of The Netflix Five, we share with you five compelling films directed by five equally compelling women directors—all streaming on Netflix.

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‘Mad Men’: Does Don Deserve to Die?

April 28, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

“There are definitely those who think Don deserves to die. I’ve read more than one post online (invariably by women) volunteering to push him out that high-rise window.”

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Poetry Sunday: “Annual Review,” by Connie Post

April 26, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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“I like the plain language that, with devastating directness and restraint, tells the story of a whole world of language lost with that one quoted word.”

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Book Review: ‘Our Bodies, Our Shelves,’ by Roz Warren

April 23, 2015 by Stacia Friedman


By Stacia Friedman

“Librarians aren’t allowed to exhibit any emotion other than politeness,” mild-mannered Roz Warren notes in her hilarious new book about the peccadillos of patrons in the Bala-Cynwyd library. “Not even when patrons curse, refuse to pay fines, or use cherry-flavored condoms for bookmarks.”

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Björk at the Museum of Modern Art: Come Fall in Love

April 21, 2015 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

Even if you don’t enjoy listening to Björk’s otherworldly music as you are cooking dinner or running in the park, you owe it to yourself to try to appreciate one of the most original pioneers of contemporary culture alive today.

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Poetry Sunday: “What He Thought,” by Heather McHugh

April 19, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


“This week’s column features ‘What He Thought,’ a narrative poem by Heather McHugh. I hope it will not be too much of a spoiler to reveal that this poem answers the perennial ‘What is poetry?’ question as well as, or better than, any poem or essay I’ve ever read.”

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