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    Literature

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie and the Athletic “New Woman”

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie and the Athletic “New Woman”

    At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, every country sent at least one woman competitor. An unprecedented event. In Rio de Janeiro last year, 45% of the 11,000 competing athletes were women. But more than 120 years ago, before Serena and Venus Williams, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles were household names, the Olympic Games prohibited women’s involvement. There just wasn’t any space for women in the collective “public sphere.”

    Books

    The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

    The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

    Book of the Month for April 2017

    Photography

    A Camel’s Pace

    A Camel’s Pace

    “The current inheritors of complex colonial legacies must seek to transcend these legacies, while acknowledging the impossibility of erasing or pretending them into nonexistence.” (1) – Neelika Jayawardane

    Reading Quirks

    Reading Quirks (30-33)

    Reading Quirks (30-33)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the unmatched) Laura Pacheco
    April ’17

    Literature

    Dad, Read This

    Dad, Read This

    A book is a very welcome Christmas gift at our house. More even than a piece of clothing or jewelry, the selection itself carries with it the special intimacy of what one specific person thinks another ought to read. So, last Christmas, when my daughter, Austin, presented my wife and me with a large, wrapped bundle of volumes we were eager.

    Literature

    Robert M. Pirsig – Really about everything else.

    Robert M. Pirsig – Really about everything else.

    This week, Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values, died after a period of failing health. Two years ago, my friend, Darryl, died in a motorcycle accident, leaving behind his wife and four kids. At the funeral, I couldn’t find a connection between his still body and the vibrant, wonderful person I knew. That wasn’t Darryl, lying there. Intellectually, I knew, but emotionally, I couldn’t understand. He’s buried in Austin, wearing his mechanic’s work shirt and baseball cap, laid to rest as he lived. I’d like to think Pirsig will be sent off in similar fashion.

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