Touch Me.  Feel Me.  Stories That Want Your Touch:  An Interview With Joel Golombeck of Rocket Chair Media
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Touch Me. Feel Me. Stories That Want Your Touch: An Interview With Joel Golombeck of Rocket Chair Media

When I met Joel Golombeck, of Rocket Chair Media, last year at a literary happy hour, I was intrigued to hear about his apps for the Ipad. Not only are they grounded in literature, but they are also grounded in the art of storytelling. I was wary at first, and here comes a confession – … Continue reading

2013—Year of the Feminist? Or Year of the Feminist Marketing Ploy?
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2013—Year of the Feminist? Or Year of the Feminist Marketing Ploy?

2013 was the “year of the feminist”—the word seemed to be in the mouth of every celebrity and new start-up last year. Lorde, Beyonce, Lily Allen, and of course, Miley Cyrus, have all been (willing or otherwise) recipients of the “feminist” label in the past year, and companies have also adopted the term—just take a … Continue reading

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Summer Hirtzel, A Poet On The Run

Summer Hirtzel: Traveler. She’s also a fantastic artist. Born in the valley of Northern California, this Hampshire College alum started feeling restless in her adopted hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts after her fifth year. She bravely shifted gears, uprooted, and took on the lifestyle of a traveler, seeking inspiration. She’s a poet. A student of art … Continue reading

Little Miss Perfect: The Good Girl/Best Girl Dichotomy
Feminism / Society & Culture

Little Miss Perfect: The Good Girl/Best Girl Dichotomy

Meet Sandy, a smart, attractive, successful woman in her thirties. She’s an public relations guru, has tons of friends, a warm, supportive partner whom she loves and likewise adores her, two rehabilitated shelter cats, a Sedaris sharp sense of humor, time to volunteer and work on her novel, and to top it all off, a loft in Manhattan’s … Continue reading

The Power Of A Social Audience: SNL Hires Sasheer Zamata, Leslie Jones & LaKendra Tookes
Society & Culture

The Power Of A Social Audience: SNL Hires Sasheer Zamata, Leslie Jones & LaKendra Tookes

The key here is for an at-risk industry to take advantage of opportunities to listen to and engage their audiences. Television audiences are of all races, genders, religions, sexualities, and backgrounds. I’ve always seen pop culture as kind of a lens with which we can evaluate the way we’re seeing ourselves. Continue reading

[FILM] Miss Representation: How Women Are Constructed And Deconstructed By The Media
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[FILM] Miss Representation: How Women Are Constructed And Deconstructed By The Media

The 2011 documentary directed and co-written by Jennifer Siebel Newson reveals the alarming landscape of American media in which women are consistently dehumanized and rendered objects prized for their physicality and little more. In a reactionary time with women’s rights constantly under attack and underrepresentation in government positions, this film provides shocking statistics and evidence … Continue reading

Becoming A Caretaker: An Imperfect (But Not Entirely Terrible) Guide
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Becoming A Caretaker: An Imperfect (But Not Entirely Terrible) Guide

Becoming a caretaker may not even involve your parents, you could find yourself caring for a friend, grandparent, or neighbor. You may be put into the role when you’re older, or you may find yourself in a situation similar to mine- unexpected and unprepared and relatively young. There are some valuable lessons to be learned through the experience, and a few key points to keep in mind. Continue reading