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Burlesque Performers Keep Strutting Through the Pandemic

FF2 Guest post by Megan Hennessey

When the pandemic first hit in 2020, many artists and performers had to rethink how they connected with their audiences. Burlesque was no different. Performers got creative. 

For readers who are new to burlesque, this art form (which dates back to the 17th century) often focuses on striptease performances that emphasize the “tease.”read more.

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“Never Have I Ever” Felt So Seen by a Netflix TV Show

Guest Post by Reanne Rodrigues

When was the last time you watched a film or TV show about a South Asian girl who grapples with her Indian-American identity?

Such storylines might be hard to come by in mainstream television. That’s why when I first heard about Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age comedy series Never Have I Ever on Netflix, I was intrigued.… read more.

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Once Eclipsed, Sanora Babb’s Dust Bowl Novel Demands Our Attention

Guest Post by Iris Jamahl Dunkle

W.S. Merwin writes, “When you look back there is always the past / Even when it has vanished.” These lines always echo in my head whenever I discover the life of a woman whose life has been erased. Most recently, I’ve discovered the life of the writer Sanora Babb (1907 – 2005).  Babb was an unconventional woman who rose to the challenges life dealt her.… read more.

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Diane Seuss’ New Poems are Both ‘Right Now’ and ‘Back Then’

Guest Post by Anne Graue

Expectations run high when work is forthcoming from a poet such as Diane Seuss. She has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. Her work lives in five books of poetry, a treasury of interviews as well as myriad publications including work in Poets and Writers and The New Yorker.read more.

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Niki de Saint Phalle at MOMA: Structures for Life

FF2 Guest Post by Jessica Bond

The Women’s Liberation Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s defined a generation of women. It marked a time when women’s rights such as abortion and access to equal pay were at the forefront. During this time, women used literature and the arts to spread awareness of these issues.… read more.

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Charmian Kittredge London & the Call of Two Photographs

FF2 Guest Post by Iris Jamahl Dunkle

On a cool fall day in 1943, young photographers Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel visited Charmian Kittredge London–the wife of author Jack London–at her home in Glen Ellen (CA). This was just five years before Mieth would become the second woman photographer to join the staff of Time Magazine.… read more.

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