In Review: The Week of October 7th

October 12, 2019

This week we dreamed up a Greta Gerwig-directed film adaptation, chatted with activist carla bergman, tried our hand at two fall-inspired recipes, and more.

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On the Blog


~ Activist and writer carla bergman chatted with us about activism and writing and the editorial decisions behind the new collection of essays Radiant Voices (Brindle & Glass): "Supporting the voices of women and gender non-conforming folks meant transforming the culture and context of public speaking."

~ We dreamed up a magical movie poster for Rune Christiansen's magical novel Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest (Book*hug Press), directed by Greta Gerwig.

~ We tried two recipes from Bobbi Pike's brand new cookbook East Coast Keto (Breakwater Books): a bacon-wrapped baked brie that we're sure won't go bacon your heart and a pumpkin pie spiced latte that pairs well with a good book.

~ For #fridayreads we picked Hazel Jane Plante's debut novel Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) (Metonymy Press) about the grief of losing a close friend that considers the oft-overlooked sources of pleasure, including karaoke, birding, and butt toys.




Around the Web


~ In the wake of #MeToo, a timely question: should works by men accused of sexual harassment be allowed in the classroom?

~ If you have a smart phone you know: books have major competition (ie: the internet/social media). How do you carve out dedicated reading time?

~ Literary wedding ideas for the satirical hearts include The Catcher in the Rye, Animal Farm, and more.




In Case You Missed It (last week)



"The Treasures and the Damage" by Maureen Hynes

"Much of women’s history is left behind, unremembered and under-studied, but when I see the online reproduction of Seiden’s Dora, or Newton’s Nude in the Studio, I am also struck by the whiteness of the artists, and of their subjects. These artists represent a narrow slice of women’s history (some—but not all—relatively privileged, white, able-bodied), and still their lives are less than visible. But in Sotto Voce, women’s lives, both straight and queer, present the balancing points between love and loss, danger and safety, observation and action, the lives of those who came before and those alive today, the natural world, and the one we’ve built."

Maureen Hynes on women and art and the historical material that inspired some of the poems in her new collection Sotto Voce for #WomensHistoryMonth





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