Posts by: Claire Caplan

“I Respect Criticism.”

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“I respect criticism.  But I know more about film than most of the people writing about me.  Not only that, I’m a better writer than most of the people writing about me.  And I can write film criticism better than most of the people writing about me.” – Quentin Tarantino to GQ

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Work Befitting A Free Man

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“I feel like I’ve been sort of … anointed this voice in the culture by people who, if they’d seen me two years ago when I was just fixing motorcycles would have said, ‘What are you doing with your life?’” So says Matthew Crawford, author of the new book Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry […]

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Over Our Heads

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Regardless of how you feel about advice columns, something interesting came out of online magazine Slate‘s “Dear Prudence” chat/forum yesterday. A graduate student in mathematics wrote in to ask what to say to strangers or acquaintances who seem to boast that her area of study is “beyond them” or something they’d “never be able to […]

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“A Saucy Tattoo and A Condom Do Not A Revolution Make”

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Helen Gurley Brown was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for thirty-two years and authored the bestselling book Sex and the Single Girl. She is now the subject of the biography Bad Girls Go Everywhere, written by Jennifer Scanlon, a professor of gender and women’s studies at Bowdoin College. Perhaps more interesting than the book itself […]

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So Long in Coming

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Alfred Kinsey had his own movie, but William Masters and Virginia Johnson remain the unsung heroes of human sexuality studies. The latest issue of The Economist, however, takes four paragraphs to celebrate them and the “audacious, rigorous and weird” goings-on of their laboratory: “Female volunteers masturbated with ‘Ulysses’, a Plexiglass motorised dildo containing a camera, […]

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Blog-on-Blog Crime

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The new “ladyblog” Double X, an offshoot of the online magazine Slate, just launched in Beta, with former Jezebel editor Jessica Grose one of the women at the helm. Oddly enough, one of the first entries is a piece called “How Jezebel is hurting women.” Author Linda Hirshman argues that while the Jezebel writers look […]

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Jews on Vinyl

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The Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco is celebrating its current exhibit Jews on Vinyl: And You Shall Know Us  by the Trail of Our Vinyl (at the museum through June 9) with a musical revue “you just didn’t realize you were waiting for.”

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Ariana Page Russell and the Art of Dermatographia

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In her art, Ariana Page Russell uses her skin in ways previously unimaginable: she makes wallpaper with it; she creates temporary tattoos with it, that she then affixes back onto her skin; and, most provocatively, she photographs welts and scratches on it that she herself creates. She has an auto-immune condition called dermatographia, meaning that […]

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