"Love the book, but I hate the end" — Fucked Up
Why can’t more hardcore lyrics be about literature?
If there’s ever a Georges Perec biopic, Elijah Wood should definitely play him. (Thanks, The Paris Review and Teil Kim!)
Think back to 2007. This was a time before The Hairpin, a time before xoJane, a time before Rookie. Websites targeted specifically for women were saturated with “news” about shopping and getting the perfect red lipstick, and, well, it was bullshit. And then Jezebel launched in the late spring of 2007, and it was like a 24-hour, one-stop shop for pop culture, fashion, sex and feminism. They released this coffee-table-style book this past winter, and though it’s definitely not something you’ll spend weeks reading, it is fun to flip through. It’s an encyclopedia of everything from The Baby-Sitters Club to yogurt to Gloria Steinem — so basically everything that a modern woman’s gotta know about.
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In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of 50 books to help you celebrate the lives and achievements of women around the world. While we don’t agree with the opinions expressed in each and every one of these books, we are advocates for reading work that forces you to ruminate on your own thinking. Besides, isn’t it far more fun to debate with a well-researched book than with that not-so-researched-but-very-drunk person at the bar?
We’ve tried to gather books that you haven’t read before, so while we’re big fans of The Feminine Mystique, you won’t find it anywhere this list. Instead, you’ll find 50 books ranging in focus, but all related to the celebration and study of women.
1. Heroines by Kate Zambreno
Zambreno has created a truly unique project with Heroines: Party literary criticism, part memoir, she looks at the traditionally pathologized biographies of Jane Bowles, Jean Rhys, Zelda Fitzgerald and Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot. She critically examines how each was silenced and argues for an alternative canon including these “erased” women.
2. Art and Sexual Politics Edited by Thomas B. Hess and Elizabeth C. Baker
This difficult-to-find-but-worth-hunting-down 1973 anthology provides great essays from artists and writers, including the title piece from art historian Linda Nochlin. And don’t let the dated cover fool you: The ideas expressed here are just as relevant today as they were 41 years ago.
3. The Women by Hilton Als
This is just about everything. We don’t mean that in the colloquial “This cookie is, like, everything” way, either. Als’s book is a memoir, a sociopolitical manifesto, a piece of literary criticism and a psychological study. Like we said: just about everything. Als explores both racial and sexual stereotypes in this stunning series of essays, analyzing the women who would define his life, from his own mother to the mother of Malcolm X.
This lesser-known Joseph Conrad work is a rumored response to the ideas unpacked in Crime and Punishment. Conrad and Dostoevsky apparently detested one another, so why not pair a recording of Under Western Eyes with a recording of the Monk of Photius’ best work? Or maybe not-so-best work, depending on which side of the Conrad-Dostoevsky debate you come down on.
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