Friday Feminartsy Finds

Good Morning Feminartsy Community,

Édouard Manet’s 1863 OLYMPIA – often considered the defining image of Modernism, and a focus of a new exhibition at Musée d’Orsay in Paris

We’ve got some great essays, short stories, podcasts, and TV shows for your weekend delight.

Close to home, this piece by Matilda Dixon-Smith in Meanjin asks some difficult questions about how we publicly grieve – and why.

Award-winning poet and – more recently – novelist Ocean Vuong’s latest in the Paris Review draws on his personal experiences and childhood memories to suggest we re-imagine masculinity.

And while we’re in the pages of the Paris Review, this essay on a current exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay considers modernism’s debt to black women – and to the black body in general.

The intersection of identity, representation, and race is also the focus of this thrilling personal essay from Jenny Boully in Tri-Quarterly.

If fiction is more your thing, Boulevard has generously shared this new short story from Joyce Carol Oates. Or it might be the time to revisit the work of Catherine Carswell or Arundhati Roy.

If you’re running short on podcasts, perhaps have a listen to this South Sudanese radio show run entirely by women.

And if you’re in the mood for some Netflix and/or chill, Tales of the City is back (and it’s very good), as is Pose season two.

Finally, if you are or know a teen who loves reading, applications are currently open for Readings’ Teen Advisory Board.

Happy Weekend and Happy Reading,


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