bostonreview
47 infant deaths occur every day because of the way society in the United States is structured, resulting in our health status being that of a middle-income country, not a rich country. There is growing evidence that the factor most responsible for the relatively poor health in the United States is the vast and rising inequality in wealth and income that we not only tolerate, but resist changing.
Stephen Bezruchka, http://bit.ly/1pQxYB7 (via bostonreview)
"The annals of history are filled with anecdotes of musical nuns behaving badly: cross-dressing to attend the opera, burning down convents, and, worse, making money from lavish musical performances. But the moral panic over singing sisters stemmed from idle gossip that, behind shrouded by the walls of the convent, nuns engaged in some downright dirty behavior. If popular art was any indication (see above), then the brides of Christ weren’t nearly as virginal as they claimed. In between Satanic singing, they did what any woman with time to kill would: they harvested penises and hooked up with monks. The link between the lurid nature of song and licentiousness was unambiguous”
Our Enduring Love of Singing Nuns, The Hairpin

"The annals of history are filled with anecdotes of musical nuns behaving badly: cross-dressing to attend the opera, burning down convents, and, worse, making money from lavish musical performances. But the moral panic over singing sisters stemmed from idle gossip that, behind shrouded by the walls of the convent, nuns engaged in some downright dirty behavior. If popular art was any indication (see above), then the brides of Christ weren’t nearly as virginal as they claimed. In between Satanic singing, they did what any woman with time to kill would: they harvested penises and hooked up with monks. The link between the lurid nature of song and licentiousness was unambiguous”

Our Enduring Love of Singing Nuns, The Hairpin

In the case of [L’Wren] Scott, the Times seems to have repeated the same mistake, emphasizing the importance of her relationships over her talents. Perhaps editors were so enamored with Jagger’s fame or the potential click-bait of his name that Scott’s erasure seemed easy enough. The irony is that Scott, an “entirely self-made” businesswoman, shied away from questions about her famous partner, preferring instead to talk about her work.
nprbooks
nprbooks:

Today’s top book news item:
A weeks-old campaign to get U.K. publishers to stop labeling children’s books by gender is garnering support from members of Parliament, authors and booksellers, including the major retailer Waterstones. The literary editor of The Independent on Sunday pledged that the newspaper would not review gender-specific books, writing, “Any Girls’ Book of Boring Princesses that crosses my desk will go straight into the recycling pile along with every Great Big Book of Snot for Boys.”
Organizers of the “Let Books Be Books” campaign, which is a part of the larger “Let Toys Be Toys” movement, state on their website:

"How can a story be only for a girl, or a sticker be just for a boy? But titles like The Beautiful Girls’ Book of Colouring or Illustrated Classics for Boys are on the shelves in toyshops, bookstores and supermarkets around the UK and Ireland. These books send out very limiting messages to children about what kinds of things are appropriate for girls or for boys. Blue covers, with themes of action and adventure, robots, space, trucks and pirates contrast with a riot of pink sparkles, fairies, princesses, flowers and butterflies. But real children’s interests are a lot more diverse, and more interesting, than that.”

nprbooks:

Today’s top book news item:

A weeks-old campaign to get U.K. publishers to stop labeling children’s books by gender is garnering support from members of Parliament, authors and booksellers, including the major retailer Waterstones. The literary editor of The Independent on Sunday pledged that the newspaper would not review gender-specific books, writing, “Any Girls’ Book of Boring Princesses that crosses my desk will go straight into the recycling pile along with every Great Big Book of Snot for Boys.”

Organizers of the “Let Books Be Books” campaign, which is a part of the larger “Let Toys Be Toys” movement, state on their website:

"How can a story be only for a girl, or a sticker be just for a boy? But titles like The Beautiful Girls’ Book of Colouring or Illustrated Classics for Boys are on the shelves in toyshops, bookstores and supermarkets around the UK and Ireland. These books send out very limiting messages to children about what kinds of things are appropriate for girls or for boys. Blue covers, with themes of action and adventure, robots, space, trucks and pirates contrast with a riot of pink sparkles, fairies, princesses, flowers and butterflies. But real children’s interests are a lot more diverse, and more interesting, than that.”

huntingtonlibrary

huntingtonlibrary:

The Weekly Squint—
Detail from Harriet Goodhue Hosmer’s Zenobia in Chains.

caption: Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1830–1908), Zenobia in Chains, 1859. Marble. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Squint is an every-Thursday post that features snapshots of small, obscure Huntington details that catch our eye. It’s a little window into some of the delightful minutiae that bring a smile to our collective face.