Movie Review: ‘Alice Through the Looking-Glass’

May 31, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

If ‘Alice Through the Looking-Glass’ has a saving grace, it’s the message that women are as capable as men.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘How to Triumph Like a Girl’ by Ada Limón

May 29, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

Is this a feminist poem?

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A Memorial Day Parade and the Making of Art

May 29, 2016 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

I loved photographing the schoolchildren in the Memorial Day parade, when recognition of a parent in the crowd-filled sidewalks initiated a loss of composure and a squall of wildly waving hands.

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Netflix Review: ‘The Ascent of Woman’ — Making Women Part of the Narrative

May 24, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

The series, ‘The Ascent of Woman,’ makes a compelling case that the way a society treats its women is indicative of not only its overall fairness, but also its economic success.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Anti-Pastoral,’ by Vievee Francis

May 22, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

What began as a protest against the pastoral tradition ends up as a new or alternative form of pastoral that can do what is needed here: powerfully convey a message about social justice. This poem gives me hope that language and literature are flexible enough to be adapted to our culture’s changing needs.

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Molly Fisk: Creativity

May 21, 2016 by Molly Fisk


One of the things that happens when you’re a poet is that people come up to you at silent auctions and board meetings, or in line at the movies — anywhere you might be standing around — and ask you strange questions about your work. The questions themselves are sort of incoherent, and not that important, it’s what’s behind them that’s interesting.

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‘A Bigger Splash’: Mythology, Rock ’n’ Roll and the Houseguest from Hell

May 17, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

‘A Bigger Splash’ is artistic, unusual and deeply affecting. But, despite the quality of the film’s direction, writing, casting and brilliant cinematography by Yorick Le Saux, it feels theatrical and deliberately artificial.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Prayer,’ by Francesca Bell

May 15, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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I wrote “Prayer” as a note to myself, as a declaration of intention to lean on as I make my way through my forties and beyond. So much of our cultural conversation about aging involves denial, and avoidance, and a strange sort of shame. I want to engage directly with time’s passing and with what happens to my body as living uses it up.

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Power and Fashion in ‘The Good Wife’

May 13, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

"Verdict" -- As Peter's trial begins, Alicia works desperately to keep her husband from returning to jail. Also, Diane and Lucca move aggressively to expand the law firm, but face serious opposition from David Lee, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, May 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured   Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick Photo: Jeff Neumann/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Much has been written about the final episode of CBS’ “The Good Wife.” And an equal amount of time and analysis have been dedicated to the show’s fashion choices, which have functioned as their own performance of larger messages, symbols, and ideas about women and power.

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Don’t Wait for Summer: Two Wonderful Family Novels to Read Now

May 13, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

This spring we have been blessed by the publication of two new novels about families. “The Nest,” by Cynthia D’Apprix Sweeny, is a debut for this 55-year-old former copywriter. “Miller’s Valley,” is the latest entry from veteran writer Anna Qunidlen, and it may be her best yet.

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Tomlin and Fonda Reinvent the ‘Boston Marriage’ in ‘Grace and Frankie,’ Season 2

May 10, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Fonda and Tomlin, real-life friends ever since their work together on the early feminist comedy ‘9 to 5,’ appear to be having the time of their lives onscreen. They are such pros, and it’s wonderful that they have such a worthy vehicle.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Mozart’s Mother’s Bones,’ by Robin Ekiss

May 8, 2016 by Rebecca Foust


By Rebecca Foust

Even the best mother-daughter relationships are necessarily tormented with issues of dependence versus independence, identity formation, role reversal, competition, and impossible desire. Some give rise to poems like today’s: fraught, even agonized at times, but also honest and still holding a place for love.

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‘The Gender Gap’: 30 Years of Women’s Voices at the Polls (Film Review)

May 3, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

In 1984, more than thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan was running for re-election and a young filmmaker named Jenny Rohrer produced and directed a 16-minute short entitled ‘Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap Movie’ in conjunction with Kartemquin films.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Sins of Grammar & Usage,’ by Ellen Doré Watson

May 1, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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“Sins of Grammar & Usage” is free verse, three stanzas of nine lines of roughly equal length except that the last line in each stanza is about half the length of the others. I love the poem for its heightened use of and very canny look at language; that is, words and the grammar and syntax that govern how those words are used.

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Helen Mirren’s ‘Eye in the Sky’: Difficult Questions and No Easy Answers

April 26, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Not only is it encouraging to see women in so many roles in ‘Eye in the Sky’ that are not gender traditional (mission commander, co-pilot, Undersecretary of State, identity analyst), but motives and feelings aren’t distributed along expected lines either. There are equal parts compassion and determination displayed by men and women alike.

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