Posts Tagged: Alice Bolin

Notable Philadelphia: 9/11–9/17

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Literary events in and around Philly this week!

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The Feminine Mystique of Miss Marple

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Miss Marple’s strength as a mystery novel heroin was inseparable from her character: that of a nosy, small town spinster. Far from taking those identity markers as pejorative, Alice Bolin has written a stirring defense of Miss Marple (and her creator, Agatha Christie) as a champion of a particularly feminine brand of sleuthing: one that […]

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Country Music’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriends

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Why is it that despite country music’s overall conservatism and exaltation of rural, small-town culture, female country artists routinely write songs that would make a simple country farmer’s eyes bug out? Why do the men sing about inoffensive, patriotic good times, while the women score hits with lyrics about murdering lovers? For the LA Review of […]

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