This week’s blog assortment is particularly diverse: WVFC fashionista Stacey Bewkes on fine art and cool apps, the upcoming 40th anniversary of Our Bodies Ourselves, and a promo for a TV show that’s anything but ‘Our Bodies Ourselves.’

  • We’ve loved Stacey Bewkes‘ Quintessence blog since we first saw it. And while WVFC depends on Bewkes for her terrific over-40 fashion sense (whether in white or camel), we’re thrilled when this former Simon and Schuster art director takes the time to give us a few glimpses of the art world.  In  Art and the Exhibitionist, Bewkes reflects on three disparate shows: Edward Hopper at the  Whitney, Italy Observed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and “The blockbuster museum show of the season, [which] is undoubtedly at the MoMA. Abstract Expressionist New York is so large that it is divided into three sections on three floors in an attempt to cover all possible art forms.”  Bewkes also reserves special love for the iPhone art-guide app “The Exhibitionist,” a free download that no New York art aficionado should be without.
  • At The Hairpin, the new women’s site from WVFC favorite The Awl,  Liz Colville thrills to a new friendship taxonomy necessitated by the Facebook era: “Susan Orlean’s four-item list of the different types of modern friendship, over at her New Yorker blog, is pretty spot-on,” Colville writes. “She does list two familiar types of friends on the list — ‘friend’ and ‘acquaintance’ — but in the era of social media, things have gotten hairy even for them.”
  • Bridget Crawford weighs in at Feminist Law Professors on the latest crisis involving Indian writer Arundhati Roy, who wrote about it in yesterday’s New York Times.  Last week, Crawford reports, “A crowd of up to 100 people assembled outside [her]  home, shouted anti-Roy slogans and attempted to break in,” after Roy published an op-ed defending her activism on behalf of Muslims in the state of Kashmir. Crawford reproduces portions of Roy’s Indian editorial, which goes well beyond the cry “Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds.”
  • Rachel at Our Bodies, Our Blog reports from the Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare Advocacy Summit, where women told their stories in preparation for next year’s 40th anniversary of the publication of Our Bodies,Ourselves. “I loved hearing…about how a small group of friends used the book to perform self-exams, how it motivated women to advocate for themselves or become active in women’s health and rights,” she writes. She then invites us all to join in: “If you have an OBOS story – however brief, or however “small” it may seem to you – please share it with us. We love to hear it, and plan to use the stories in conjunction with our 40th anniversary celebration and book release next year.”
  • And at AOL’s The Frisky, Jessica Wakeman discovers the promo for Bridalplasty, the new reality show mentioned in last week’s Q&A With author Jennifer Pozner. The trailer, Wakeman notes, “doesn’t actually show us any of the brides-to-be. Or cosmetic surgery before-and-afters. Or crippling self-esteem issues that would lead one to radically change her boobs, lips and nose before walking down the aisle.” Still, she’s braver than we are: she plans on watching the show. How about you?

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