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Archive for February, 2010

Black History Month: The Promise

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Debbie says: For the last day of Black History month, we bring you “The Promise,” an interactive presentation of contemporary and historical photos, interviews, and audio commentary. Contemporary photos by Platon, commentary by David Remnick. Watch them all. The above image is from Like a Whisper’s daily posts for Black Herstory Month. This picture is […]

New In-Camera Project Photos

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Laurie says: I have two new photos for my In-Camera Project.   These are the digital color images I’ve been working on.  After I shoot them, they are not modified or manipulated except for cropping, so all the work is “in camera”.  (Apologies to those who’ve heard the explanation already.)  The work is feeling very pure […]

Contagious Mental Health

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Lynne says: I ran into an article not long ago in The New York Times, The Americanization of Mental Illness by Ethan Watters, based on his forthcoming book, Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche, discussing how the American way of mental illness being exported along with other American products such as rock […]

I’m Obscene, Down Under

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, Somebody Think of the Children! reported that the Australian Classifications Board is banning adult publications and films that depict small-breasted women. I kid you not. The argument behind this decision is that small-breasted young women of legal age (often barely) are depicted so as to evoke the appearance of young […]

Kevin Smith: Too Fat to Fly

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Lynne Murray says: On the NAAFA (National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance) mailing list, I learned from Esther Filderman about how filmmaker/director Kevin Smith was thrown off a Southwest Airlines plane in which he was already seated, with armrests down. The Flight Captain deemed him a “safety risk.” “Thank God I don’t embarrass easily (bless […]

Poets from Buffalo Leave a Rousing Legacy

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Debbie says: Lucille Clifton was one of the great poets of the 20th century: Here’s the full text of that poem. There’s lots more on the Web and in her books. won’t you celebrate with me won’t you celebrate with me what i have shaped into a kind of life? i had no model. born […]

Feasting at the Heart Attack Grill

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Debbie says: Over on, I’ve gotten involved in a surprisingly civil and informed discussion, which started with Josie Raymond’s article (link just above) about the lawsuit between the Heart Attack Grill in Arizona and Heartstoppers in Florida: The Heart Attack Grill in Chandler, Arizona, which has been open for years and is often featured […]

Written in the Waiting Room

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Marlene says: Today I took a little extra care deciding what to wear before leaving the house. I didn’t have a date and I didn’t have a job interview. I had an appointment with an urologist. My regular physician referred me to the urologist for an orchiectomy. That means having my testicles removed. This is […]

Singing the Diet Talk Blues … Reading Your Way Out

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Lynne Murray says: What is the diet talk blues? How is The Fat Studies Reader like a box of chocolates? How (and when) can a book rescue you? Bear with me and I’ll tell you. Over the holidays in the dining room of an assisted living facility my friends overheard two elderly women at a […]

Black Women’s History, Day by Day

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Debbie says: I am completely in love with Prof. Susurro’s Black History Month project at