Posts Tagged: Petrarch

What We Need: Juan Felipe Herrera, Maw Shein Win, and John Freeman

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Barbara Berman reviews Every Day We Get More Illegal, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, and The Park.


Before the “Dumb Blonde” Joke


Literary blondes have always held a totemic power….Sex, politics, and power: fictional blondes had it all. For the Toast, Stassa Edwards looks back at centuries of literature and culture—Petrarch’s Laura, Middlemarch‘s Rosamond Vincy, Taylor Swift—to parse the semiotics of blondness. From redemptive purity to sexual danger, we’ve been reading all kinds of meaning into blond hair […]


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