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Archive for April, 2012

Photos: New York, New York

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Laurie says: I just found out about this remarkable collection of photographs from Focus by Alan Taylor in the Atlantic. The New York City Municipal Archives just released a database of over 870,000 photos from its collection of more than 2.2 million images of New York throughout the 20th century. Their subjects include daily life, […]

Kuttin Kandi: Hiphop, Heart Disease, Fatphobia, and Truth-Telling

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Debbie says: I’m sorry to say I never heard of Kuttin Kandi (also known as Candice Custodio-Tan) before I read this article, clearly because I’ve been hiding under a rock. The woman is a force to be reckoned with: The first woman to reach the DMC USA Finals and a founding member of the all-female […]

Mr. Toad: Insults, Jokes, and Words of Power

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: I like to read urban paranormal novels in part because the heroines demonstrate their power in a very literal way. The magic used in these stories, which causes visible effects, is sometimes  accompanied by fictional “power words.” This post is about real-life power words. I can’t write from first-hand experience about wounds […]

The Allure Of The Collection: Osaka Museum Exhibition

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Laurie says: The Allure of the Collection, the celebratory 35th Anniversary exhibition of the National Museum of Art in Osaka opens today .  I’m thrilled that I have six photographs in the exhibition (two from Women En Large and four from Familiar Men). And I very much appreciate the care they took with the accompanying […]

What Does Your Skin Say: Ink, Languages, and Meaning

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Debbie says: When we first saw this article on English speakers and Japanese or Chinese language tattoos, we were thinking along the same lines as Wendy Christensen, who wrote it for Sociological Images: basically, how dismissive of the original language it is to get a tattoo in a language you don’t understand, can’t read, and […]

Beauty Then And Now

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Laurie says: An Italian artist named Utopia ( Anna Giordano) has modified classic paintings to recreate the women so that they conform to the societal beauty standards of the 2000’s. Some of the images in Women En Large subtly showed fat women in ways that we anticipate seeing traditional beauty.  Obviously this is anything but […]

Do You Have “Irritable Heart”? The History of PTSD

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Debbie says: Post-traumatic stress disorder as a publicly recognizable syndrome was first formally named when I was almost 30. I can remember the first time a friend told me she had it, and how it sounded kind of clunky and unreliable in my ears; I can trace the progression from there to now, when I […]

The Small, Small World of Classroom Seating

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: The marvelously resourceful Stef Maruch pointed out Jenn Leyva’s March 28, 2012 post on not fitting in: I go to one of the most prestigious universities in the world in one of the greatest cities in the world, and I spend a good chunk of every day worrying about where I sit […]

Photo in National Museum of Art Catalog

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Laurie says: The National Museum of Art has just published “Selected Works from the Collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka”.  I am delighted that my photograph of Bob Guter is among the chosen work .. .. As Bob Guter says in Familiar Men: “I would like to be able to tell you that […]

Adrienne Rich, Feminist and Poet

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Laurie says: The feminist poet Adrienne Rich died last week in Santa Cruz. Her voice meant a lot to me. Reading her poetry over the years influenced my work and my perspectives on the world. I still remember reading her poems for the first time in Diving into the Wreck and being riveted.  I was […]


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