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Sophia Loren in Libya, via Hollywood

Love the legs, light, rocks, cigarette, turn of her head, strong nose, throw-on dress, easy sexuality. Love the raw feminine power. The beauty.

September 20th, 2009

Baryshnikov: Three Solos and a Duet

Just home from the perfomance tonight. Two of the strongest, most honest works I've seen in some time. I wept. 

September 18th, 2009

Invitation to Oxford

Had to post this invitation from Oxford.

What do you think. Should I go? 

To Whom it May Concern at the Office of Rebecca Walker:

Please find attatched an invitation to speak at the Oxford Union on Tuesday 27th October, the motion for this forum will be 'This House believes that white middle class women have stolen the feminist cause from those who need it most'. The details of the motion are outlined in the attatched document, I'm sure that you will have alot to contribute.
 
The event will be taking place within Gender week, and will be run in conjunction with OUSU and OxWib (Oxford Women in Business). The format will be relatively informal, a short address followed by a Question and Answer, but obviously we can be flexible to any alternative ideas and requirements.
 
The Union has hosted a wealth of prestigious speakers including Mother Teresa, Richard Nixon, The Dalai Lama, Micheal Jackson and Malcolm X to name but a few. We would be honoured to add you to this list.
 
I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Best Wishes,
 
Secretary
The Oxford Union

September 17th, 2009

Third Wave: An accurate and succinct rendering.

This is an excellent description of Third Wave; one of the most accurate and succinct I've seen. From the online version of the Encylcopedia Brittanica:

The third wave of feminism emerged in the mid-1990s. It was led by so-called Generation Xers who, born in the 1960s and ’70s in the developed world, came of age in a media-saturated, culturally and economically diverse milieu. Although they benefitted significantly from the legal rights and protections that had been obtained by first- and second-wave feminists, they also critiqued the positions and what they felt was unfinished work of second-wave feminism.

The third wave was made possible by the greater economic and professional power and status achieved by women of the second wave, the massive expansion in opportunities for the dissemination of ideas created by the information revolution of the late 20th century, and the coming of age of Generation X scholars and activists.

Some early adherents of the new approach were literally daughters of the second wave. Third Wave Direct Action Corporation (organized in 1992) became in 1997 the Third Wave Foundation, dedicated to supporting “groups and individuals working towards gender, racial, economic, and social justice”; both were founded by (among others) Rebecca Walker, the daughter of the novelist and second waver Alice Walker. Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (2000), were both born in 1970 and raised by second wavers who had belonged to organized feminist groups, questioned the sexual division of labour in their households, and raised their daughters to be self-aware, empowered, articulate, high-achieving women.

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September 4th, 2009

Creative people are inspired by the creativity of others.

Creative people are inspired by the creativity of others. Which hopefully  explains why I've just spent an hour poring over Swedish fabrics from the 1940s.

My favorite of the collection is called, appropriately, Brown Hawaii:

September 3rd, 2009

The Fabulous Andre Leon Talley, Ladies and Gentlemen

August 31st, 2009

Blended Nation

I was thrilled to write the foreword for this book of images and narratives of multiracial people in America.

The Honolulu Advertiser covered it yesterday.
August 23rd, 2009

Dreaming...of home

From the book Woodstock Handmade Houses. Love the organicity. 

August 4th, 2009

Richard Pryor: 40th President of The United States

July 31st, 2009

Writing in Paradise

Hey people!

The last workshop was AMAZING. Students beautiful, Banyan house beautiful, all of it, just gorgeous. A dream.

New writers, come to Maui!

Five spots left for December 13-20.

Come write your heart out...and then go wade in the ocean blue.

Register. 

xo

July 28th, 2009

Leaves of Grass

But the expression of a well-made man appears not only in his face; 

It is in his limbs and joints also, it is curiously in the joints of his hips and wrists;    

It is in his walk, the carriage of his neck, the flex of his waist and knees—dress does not hide him;

The strong, sweet, supple quality he has, strikes through the cotton and flannel;  

To see him pass conveys as much as the best poem, perhaps more;    
You linger to see his back, and the back of his neck and shoulder-side.   

July 28th, 2009

Marcus Aurelius

A limit of time is fixed for thee, which if thou dost not use for clearing the clouds from thy mind, it will go and thou wilt go, and it will never return.
July 26th, 2009

Flower. Power.

July 25th, 2009

On the arrest of Henry Louis Gates...

Shared these thoughts and a few more with a reporter from CNN a few moments ago:

The arrest of Henry Louis Gates sends a chilling message to the scholars, writers, activists, and artists who work so hard to keep a free flow of information. It seems eerily ironic Mr. Gates was returning from China, where surveillance is so high and freedom of speech and ideas so curtailed. To see the "mugshot" of Skip was a blow to all of us who feel some sense of safety based on our work to try to mend all of these broken fences in America--to make ourselves into people who refuse to be limited by race and class and gender and everything else. We do this work every day, and it is work, just like any other. To end up, at the end of the day, treated like a criminal, unjustly stripped of our accomplishments and contributions even if only for a moment, is profoundly disturbing. We must ask ourselves what it means, and to allow ourselves to face various scenarios regarding power and freedom and how these will intersect in the coming years.

Read the article. 

 

July 21st, 2009

Today Show

July 12th, 2009