The Wednesday Five



Family’s Heirloom Wedding Dress Has Been Worn By 11 Brides Over 120 Years

‘Tis the season — wedding season, that is, and a plethora of June weddings! Many brides ponder what to do with their wedding dress after the big day. Take a page out of this family’s history: in October 2015, 120 years after the original bride wore the dress and 24 years following the last one, Abigail Kingston of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania not only wore her mother’s dress, she became the 11th woman in her family to repurpose the same dress from 1896.  

Read the story and see beautiful photos of 120 years in the life of one wedding dress at




How One Organization Is Turning the Women of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ into Prison Activists


Yesterday, our Alexandra MacAaron wrote that season four of the Netflix series, ‘Orange is the New Black’ is “focusing on the privatization of prisons, and the ethical issues that come with that trend. Critics who have already watched the entire fourth season are warning that it’s the darkest one yet.” Writing for ELLE magazine, Mattie Kahn tells us about the Women’s Prison Association’s mission: “To work with women during every step of the criminal justice process, advocating for alternatives to their incarceration, supporting them while they’re in prison or jail, and offering them resources to help them rebuild their lives once they’ve returned to their communities.”

The organization’s work has been so critical to the community of women who have been imprisoned that Piper Kerman, whose memoir of her time in prison led to the creation Orange Is the New Black now sits on their board.

Read more at ELLE.




Mary Norris: The Nit-Picking glory of The New Yorker’s Comma Queen

Copy editing for The New Yorker is like playing shortstop for a Major League Baseball team — every little movement gets picked over by the critics,” says Mary Norris, who has played the position for more than thirty years. In that time, she’s gotten a reputation for sternness and for being a “comma maniac,” but this is unfounded, she says. Above all, her work is aimed at one thing: making authors look good. Explore The New Yorker’s distinctive style with the person who knows it best in this charming talk.

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