Cuba’s progressing fast when it comes to recognizing the rights of transgendered peoples. First the ban was lifted on sex-change operations in 2007, and now not only are the surgeries being performed in Cuba, they’re being paid for under the government’s universal health care plan....more
Posts by: Anisse Gross
The first weeks of 2010 are inevitably flooded with top ten lists of 2009, because people apparently can’t live without them.
But maybe instead of reading the same top ten lists, we could have interesting lists of overlooked, underrated, left behind things. Yeah, we know that Inglorious Basterds is probably on most top 10 film lists, but what about those films that we missed? Here’s a list of the ten great movies of 2009 that may have passed you by....more
It seems that people will only grow to love David Foster Wallace more as the years go on. It’s what usually happens when you can’t get someone anymore.
Here’s a great link to more DFW morsels from Lincoln Michel over at The Faster Times, from the anticipation of Wallace’s unfinished novel, Pale King (due to be released this year), to a great video of him drinking from an empty glass while talking about getting irritated with people who make him parse unnecessarily....more
Salon’s not doing away with it’s exceptional book coverage, from reviews to interviews – rather it’s just adding to it. How? Well, in Miller’s words:...more
Smith’s picks are a delightfully eclectic mix: The Original of Laura by Nabokov (a fragmented, not meant to be published, unfinished novel), Ugly Man by Dennis Cooper, and Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave....more
If you haven’t caught a whiff of the hubbub surrounding Werner Herzog’s latest film Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, that might be because you’re not much of a cinephile, which it turns out, neither is Herzog.
His latest movie starring Nicholas Cage is essentially, maybe, sort-of, a very slight non-remake remake of Abel Ferrera’s 1992 movie Bad Lieutenant....more
Time Magazine originally started out selecting a “Man of the Year” as a way to sell magazines in the down holiday season, which then turned into “Person of the Year”. Now they’re thinking of naming Twitter as 2009′s Person of the Year. It seems we’ve thrown out the concept of words having meanings....more
I remember all the nights I spent tucked into bed with my other sisters and our mother perched on the end of the bed reading Goodnight Moon to us. Those were the days; now I just stay up late at night reading to myself....more
You saw it coming.
Your grandma has a blog and your friend’s tweets are invading whatever small sliver of silent privacy you had left. We’re all becoming authors. Is this trend inevitable?...more
This week in the New York Times, Google co-founder Sergey Brin wrote an op-ed about Google’s efforts in the realm of digitizing so-called orphan books. Despite ongoing legal drama, Brin insists that their efforts are for the good of everyone, and for all important texts that would otherwise be lost....more
The popular software Pl@giarism used to detect cheating students by comparing their papers against published texts was recently used by Sir Brian Vickers, an authority on Shakespeare, to determine whether or not Shakespeare collaborated with Thomas Kyd on The Reign of King Edward III....more
If you thought having sex was complicated, try defining it.
Lexicographer and language expert Jesse Sheidlower, author of the famed F-Word, and currently serving as Editor at Large (North America) of the Oxford English Dictionary, writes about the challenges of defining sex in all its various manifestations in the dictionary....more
Sherman Alexie, whose novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was banned in some school districts, is no stranger to controversy.
He’s recently come out with a new collection of stories and poetry called War Dances. In this latest Mother Jones interview, he talks about the weight of being American’s most famous Native American Indian author: ”I’m going to get grief from certain people about not having likable characters,” he says....more
The Atlantic covers Leak & Sons Funeral Home in Chicago’s South Side. Business is up, and that’s not a good thing, especially when the average age of the deceased is getting younger and younger, and they’re not dying of natural causes....more
If you look up the New Deal on Wikipedia you’ll hardly see Frances Perkins‘ name mentioned. Yet, as the first female cabinet member, serving as FDR’s Secretary of Labor, she was the major force behind such revolutionary acts like minimum wage, unemployment, pensions, welfare, and also crafted laws to ban child labor....more
The Jonathan Ames you may love and know is not only out with a new book but also a new series on HBO which is a spin-off from his real life, featuring Jason Schwartzman as Jonathan Ames (how’s that for awesome casting), a writer who has just been dumped by his girlfriend and is unable to crack into his second novel....more
As you may already know, Google has been spending the last seven years scanning their hearts out, digitizing more than two million books that are old enough to be part of the public domain. They turn them into searchable documents, making many rare and hard to find books accessible for anyone with access to the Internet....more
Writers are always lamenting the lonely journey of being in a room by oneself armed with just words and coffee. Other artists seem to enjoy the benefits of collaboration, why not us?...more
I remember when my dog Rusty disappeared, and we spent a day looking for him. When I went to bed that night, I imagined he was at the park smoking cigars and playing poker, because that’s what dogs do when you’re sleeping; the next day, of course he came home, without any indication on his face that he had even been gone....more
A little snapshot of love stories from around the web....more
What is believed to maybe be the last significant trunkload of Bloomsbury letters is about to be auctioned off on September 3rd. The collection, containing about 700 letters were all sent to Helen Anrep, a friend and supporter of many artists and writers (though not one herself); they showcase correspondence from many people including Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry, and Virginia Woolf. Woolf’s letters exhibit her famed sharp tongue with lines like “The female oaf is utterly intolerable.”...more
Sharing is caring on the Internet. The idea is that magazines and newspapers, struggling for survival, want one thing: more distribution. So why not make it easier for bloggers and writers to embed posts on their sites, rather than having to waste their time fussing with copy and paste?...more