Posts Tagged: Madonna

TORCH: Over the Borderline

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I’m writing about the border through the eyes of children because the border is a problem of the imagination.

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STRIPPERDADDY

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My thoughts hovered above the scene pondering the reasons why and time felt like the waves of a puddle lapping against cracked asphalt.

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Understanding the Language of Female Breakups

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Female friendship, however necessary it is in our lives, and for all the joy it brings us, for all its love and support and kindness and generosity, can be a real mindf***k when it ends.

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Allowing a Female to Own Her Genius: Talking with Alana Massey

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Alana Massey discusses her debut collection, All the Lives I Want, the best piece of writing advice she’s ever received, and acknowledging the work that women do.

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Oscars Flub as Grand Finale for Camp

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On the Hollywood stage—amidst gasps, jaw drops, and pearl clutches—we witnessed one final, beautifully coded failure and an over-the-top dethroning of the serious.

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The Rumpus Interview with Jennifer Martelli

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Jennifer Martelli discusses her debut collection of poetry, The Uncanny Valley, growing up saturated with images of the Madonna, and her experience of motherhood first as a daughter and now as a mother.

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Jay Z Nominated for Hall of Fame

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Jay Z became the first rapper to be nominated to the Songwriters Hall of Fame this weekend, when he was named as a potential 2017 candidate alongside Madonna, Bryan Adams, George Michael, Gloria Estefan, Cat Stevens, Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and Max Martin, Nigel Smith reports for the Guardian. That’s some serious competition in the […]

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Song of the Day: “I Want You”

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Allegedly covered and sampled by musicians as diverse as Madonna and Diana Ross to Mary J. Blige and Robert Palmer, the innovative single “I Want You,” off Marvin Gaye’s 1976 album of the same name, branches out from the Motown sound that typified his earlier work and delves into uncharted territory. Recognizable instrumentation—the soaring strings, the hard-edged guitar, […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Annie DeWitt

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Annie DeWitt discusses her debut novel, White Nights in Split Town City, the 90s, and the brutality of nature.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #73: Prince Rogers Nelson, Guitar Player: A Symposium

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I started thinking about additional, more slantwise ways we might talk about his legacy. What if I organized a bunch of guitar players?

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David Bowie: A Rumpus Roundup

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Musical and creative icon David Bowie died Sunday night, succumbing to cancer at the age of sixty-nine. Bowie and his persona Ziggy Stardust produced more than two dozen studio albums—transcending rock stardom by scoring films and television shows, writing off-Broadway musicals, lending his voice to animated characters, and collaborating with other creative masterminds like Lou Reed […]

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This Week in Posivibes: Love Wins

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After the Supreme Court ruling acknowledging the right to same-sex marriage was announced, musicians across the country have spent the weekend expressing their joy. Miley Cyrus said “thank you America for not cutting my chances to find true love forever and ever by 50%,” Madonna declared “The Revolution of Love has Begun,” and John Legend […]

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Song of the Day: “Kimberly”

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Multi-talented artist and writer Patti Smith has influenced groups disparate as Sonic Youth, R.E.M., and Madonna. Her seminal 1975 album Horses helped to spur the early punk movement in New York City. Smith was an important member of the scene which spawned punk heroes The Ramones, Television, and The Sex Pistols. The infectious rhythm guitar on the upbeat track “Kimberly,” from […]

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Xtravaganza and Michael Kors in the House

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On Saturday, November 14, 2009, I attended “MODA, La Envidia Xtravaganza Ball.” The ball was a drag competition hosted by Hector Xtravaganza at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza, which was attended by Michael Kors, fashion designer and judge of the reality television program Project Runway. Drag balls, a kind of street-gang warfare for drag queens […]

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