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Archive for February, 2009

Cerrie Burnell: Maybe She’s Just the Best Person for the Job?

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: The Internet and the newspapers are buzzing with the story of Cerrie Burnell, established actress now co-hosting the BBC young children’s channel, CBeebies. No one is complaining about her work, her acting ability, her manner with children, or how she shows up on TV. She sounds like a perfect host for […]

Boston, Stitches, Ammonites, and Parrots

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Laurie says: Body Impolitic has been going along without me for the last ten days because I was in Boston for Boskone showing my jewelry. I was feeling very pleased the afternoon before I left. Everything had gone unusually smoothly and I was thinking about blogging before I left. Then I had a random chance […]

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Fat Superman!

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Debbie says: First of all, Laurie and I are both back in town and we should be blogging at least a little bit more frequently. Thanks for your patience. Second, I was completely charmed by this post from Men in Full, whose mission is to bring out and admire images of fat men. Apparently, this […]

The Faith Sentence: Let Us Tell You What to Think

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Lynne Murray says: I worked as a reporter for a Buddhist newspaper during my fanatical religious days in the early 1970s. Anyone who wanted could write an article for the paper, but some of us loved doing it and managed to secure unpaid staff positions. No one trained us. We watched and discussed what articles […]

The Slimy Underbelly of Bodies

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Debbie says: The blog Pretty Dumb Things hasn’t been on my radar, but this post is enough to convince me. Chelsea G. Summers is writing about Rebecca Traister’s Salon article “The Great Girl Gross-Out”. (You may have to bypass an ad to see the article.) Traister, using lots of examples and links, is talking about […]

“Absolute and Supreme Dignity”: the Case of Eluana Englaro

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: The government of Italy has narrowly escaped a constitutional crisis over the life and death of one woman–Eluana Englaro, who has been in a coma for seventeen years. Doctors have confirmed that, after 17 years and with such catastrophic brain damage, Eluana will never regain consciousness or awareness. The anaesthetist caring […]

Why Don’t We Do It in the Shuttle?

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Debbie says: I think every science fiction reader, or science fiction movie fan, has thought about zero-gravity sex. Dr. Kiri Bacal has given the subject a lot of serious thought. Performance of the sex act in an extraterrestrial environment will require potentially complex mechanics. Past generations of motivated humans have been able to overcome similar […]

Miyako Ishiuchi, Photographer: Scars

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Laurie says: I spent some time earlier this month with Hiroshi Yoshioka, a professor at Kyoto University, who I had met through his writing about Familiar Men and his interview of me for his magazine Diatext, when I was an artist in residence at the Kyoto Art Center a few years ago. He was writing […]