Good Morning Feminartsy Community,
With the days getting colder and shorter there’s no denying that winter is just around the corner. I don’t know about you lot, but I’m a summer person. Winter tends to make me a bit miserable, and I find the only way to deal is to essentially go into hibernation with a stash of top teas and even better reading materials. So, with that in mind, here’s a few seasonal suggestions that I’ve come across this week.
Winter is a great time for new books, and if you’ve already made your way through the Stella Prize and Man Booker Prize long- and shortlists, this new offering from Elizabeth Gilbert looks intriguing (and that’s from someone who wasn’t a fan of her Eat, Pray, Love blockbuster). Or, if non-fiction is more your style, Emily Oster’s latest parenting book is out now. Keep with me on this one – a newly-fecunded friend recently mentioned Oster’s work to me and – although I am (unbelievably) on the ‘no kids’ side of the fertility question – they genuinely sound like fantastic reading material. Frankly, anything that encourages a reduction in the judgement of parents in general and mothers in particular gets a thumbs up from me.
If you’re in a short-story mood, Ta-Nehisi Coates has a new one in the New Yorker. Or perhaps it’s time to revisit some old YA favourites. But maybe steer clear of picture books – they’re notoriously poor on the diversity and representation front.
If you want something to get you thinking, this essay about how ‘intersectionality‘ went from an obscure legal term to an oft-misused catchall is well worth it. And this shorter piece on patriarchal power structures in the contemporary university draws on the work of Arendt, Ahmed and others to remind us that this is an issue with a long history – and a potentially long future.
If you’re in the mood to escape the weather, you could take a trip to the timeless, placelessness of Once-Upon-A-Time (where gender identity remains a rigid and claustrophobic marker). Or you could frolic with Ferrante’s girls in the bustling, sun-drenched streets of Naples.
And if none of that hits the spot, take some inspiration from a Veganadan iftar and warm your kitchen and soul with a feast. Speaking of food, it’s also worth pausing over this NYT obituary for Leah Chase.
Finally, if you’re feet are itching to get out of the house despite the rain-soaked artic-breeze misery, ACMI is celebrating Agnès Varda’s cinematic legacy, Jack Halberstam is speaking at ANU, and (if you’re lucky enough to be seeking out warmer climes), the Annenberg Space for Photography in LA is hosting a visual history of hip hop.
Happy Weekend and Happy Reading,