I imagine you are both enthusiastic and implacable, as you are at once sagacious and careless; you know much and discover much, but you are in such a hurry to tell it all you never give yourself time to think how your recklessness may affect others; and, what is more, if you knew how it did affect them, you would not much care. —
Letter from Charlotte Bronte to G.H. Lewes (Mr. George Eliot), dated January 19, 1850.
This is Bronte’s response to Lewes, a book critic among other things, after he “outed” her as a woman. Prior to this, she had published as Currer Bell both to protect her identity and so that her novels would be met with the same criticisms as her male counterparts.
Nobody rebukes like Charlotte Bronte.
101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week -
The Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon was an international initiative to bring women’s voices to the online encyclopedia—as editors and as subjects
"If this photograph now appears lifelike to you, you had better reconsider what it means to be alive here and now." —Hiroshi Sugimoto
#NowOnView at the Getty, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense.
Queen Victoria, 1999, Hiroshi Sugimoto, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. © Hiroshi Sugimoto
Oh, I so would like to see this exhibition.
Literary blondes have always held a totemic power. Well before the contemporary age of the “dumb blonde” joke, many writers found in blonde hair an ideal vehicle for expressing a debauched interest in female sexuality. At the same time, golden hair became the crowning glory of saintly femininity. Writers might have disagreed on what kind of sex appeal blonde hair had – angel or devil, pick your fetish – but they agreed that it was sexy —
Michelle Dean’s worthy essay. Phrases like “rush to judgment” and “there are two sides of the story” are faux utterances of empathy and, as Dean argues, little more than the “rational” phrases of victim blamers
If you are like me, [Dylan Farrow’s] open letter became, among other things, an opportunity to weed your social media feeds. All over mine were people who, under the pretty thin veneer of “not rushing to judgment,” wanted to go on pretending that the affairs of 20 years ago must have been at best a mistake and at worst a conspiracy. If you find Farrow’s letter easy to dismiss, because you like Allen’s movies or because you read some overly-defensive essay in the Daily Beast just last week, I tell you, you’re just as guilty of this so-called “rush to judgment” as anyone else.
Presuming Woody Allen’s Innocence Is Not a Neutral Stance
Other sets of perpetrator photographs display what we might call the “cool gaze” of murderous regimes as they go about their business; such photographs are not always overtly violent, though they are always cruel. Stalin’s police photographed condemned political prisoners in Moscow’s infamous Lubyanka prison before their executions; their faces peer out at us in sadness, fear and bewilderment. The recently revealed photographs from Mr. Assad’s secret jails, though far more graphic, fall under this rubric. Here, again, photography becomes a handy appendage in the bureaucratic manufacture of death. — Susie Linfield, “Advertisements for Death,” in The New York Times
Feminist to-do list.
Where are the Girls? Jemima Kirke on women in art – video
Jemima Kirke of TV show Girls discusses how women have always made art, even if they’ve been absent from the history books (and gallery walls). Watch the video
Victorian mourning broach. Via Wellcome Images
The Top Ten Books People Lie About Reading
From The Federalist:
10. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand: The libertarian moment has prompted a slew of people to lie about reading Ayn Rand, or to deploy the term “Randian” as a synonym for, say, competitive bidding in Medicare reform without even bothering to understand how nonsensical that is.
9. On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin: Many pro-evolutionists online display no understanding that the pro-evolution scientific community rejects the bulk of Darwin’s initial findings about evolution.
8. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens: Virtually every bit of literature about the French Revolution could be tied here, though ignorance of it might inspire fun future headlines, such as “De Blasio Brandishes Knitting Needles, Calls For ‘The People’s Guillotine’ To Be Erected In Times Square.”
7. 1984, George Orwell: A great example of a book people think they have read because they have seen a television ad. On Youtube.
6. Democracy in America, Alexis De Tocqueville: Politicians are the worst about this, quoting and misquoting the writings of the Tocqueville without ever bothering to actually read this essential work. But politicians do this a lot – with The Federalist Papers and The Constitution, too.
5. The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith: Smith’s invisible hand is all that many people seem to know about his work, but his contributions were more sophisticated than that, rejecting a simplistic view of self-interest and greed as the motivating factors in a healthy economy.
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