Archive for January, 2008

PUBLISHED! EDGE Providence

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Ani DiFranco at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

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Review of Challenging Homophobia: Teaching about Sexual Diversity

In Less Than 72 Hours…

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I will be at an Ani DiFranco concert–my first one in almost 10 years!  The last time I saw her live, she headlined the Newport Folk Festival  (August 1998) in her signature dreadlocks, a white tank top, black skater shorts and sneakers.  Little Plastic Castle had just been released, so her set mostly included songs from that album.  My friends were both suffering from severe sunstroke by the time Ani took the stage (it was almost 100 degrees that day!), so they stayed crumpled in the shade while I wandered to the front of the stage.  Ani was so full of live, so full of energy…and so much shorter than I expected! 

I cannot wait to see her live again, in a smaller venue and with friends from school…and with Dan!  I’ve been telling him stories about Ani’s live performances for years, so hopefully I haven’t set the bar too high for him.  She releases albums at such a fast pace, my poor bank account can’t keep up!

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Hillary Debacle

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*I want to preface this post by saing that I am not a Hillary Clinton supporter (at least not yet, anyway) so this is not a rant skewed by the fact that I like her as a presidential candidate.  I continue to follow all of the people running for office and have yet to settle on someone that really excites me.*

I am absolutely appalled by the media’s coverage of Hillary Clinton leading up to and following the New Hampshire primaries this week.  What is really surprising is that I am usually very supportive of media and pop culture, no matter how ridiculous–for example, I love jamming to the abomination that is Russian pop duo t.A.T.u and I’ve been known to enjoy Judge Judy!  But I am sick and tired of how far the media goes to create political spin out of nothing.  I remember the last election, when I was excited about casting my primary vote for Howard Dean.  He made one funny noise, that flooded the media ad nauseam, and his whole campaign went down the crapper…all before the primaries reached me in Little Rhody.  By the time I cast my ballot, he was toast.

Clinton has already been scrutinized for her cackling laugh, cleavage, “manly” attire, wrinkles, for being a “bitch,” and other equally ridiculous reasons to judge someone running for the presidency.  How about using a fine toothed comb to go over her political platform instead of spending valuable air time to ponder her on-the-road diet?

I don’t have a problem with pundits attacking a candidate’s plans–but it drives me batty to sit through what is now being called “Crygate.”  Because getting choked up is just as scandalous as Nixon-era political cover-ups.  Ugh.  I have read and heard several pundits, even on NPR!, discussing the effect that Crygate had on Hillary’s victory in New Hampshire on Tuesday…that there’s some connection between her “emotional breakdown” and the women who flocked to vote for her.

Wanted: Space Solutions for My Books

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I think I’ve finally reached critical mass in terms of available spaces for my book collection.  My largest shelf looks like this:

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Notice the pile of books starting to grow on the top–the five that are stacked are a small part of the 29 books I need for my next class.  TWENTY-NINE new books!  As an aside, the retail price of my new books is about $580 so I’m searching for a way to score some in used format.

Elsewhere in the house, I have overtaken one of our DVD shelves with novels:

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My desk is weighed down with women’s studies books:

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And I’ve started using space on my desk top to store even more books–HELP!

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Best of the Interwebs 2007

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Instead of droning on and on about my year in review and what I hope to accomplish in 2008, I thought I would instead highlight my favorite websites from the past year:

Offbeat Bride is a site tied to a book of the same name, written by Ariel Meadow Stallings. Both the book and site are must-reads for anyone who is planning a non-traditional wedding. Because of my studies, my entire belief system in regards to marriage has been turned upside down and it’s been refreshing to witness other couples mix things up a bit.

Electrolicious is the personal blog of the author listed above. I love reading her blog because she captivates me for too many reasons to count—she’s a freelance writer, pop culture guru, yoga-practicing vegetarian Seattleite photographer who has amazing fashion sense. What’s not to love?

Racialicious is the most comprehensive, intelligent website focused on race relations. Updated on a regular basis (yay!), posts often focus on race in popular culture. And I really appreciate the fact that a majority of the readers offer thought-provoking discussions in the comments section of each post.

Whedonesque. After five months of fairly regular television viewing, I have finally finished Buffy the Vampire Slayer and am one season away from the completion of Angel. Besides mourning the loss of major amounts of time (Buffy alone was 144 hours of programming!), the experience was completely positive. The creator, Joss Whedon, has renewed my belief that television can be a better medium than film—however, most of the current shows on TV are botching it big time. Whedonesque is a fan-created and maintained blog that Joss himself uses to update the world about new projects.

Buzzfeed is a quick and easy way to keep up with pop culture trends across all mediums, from the web and fashion to politics and architecture. If you’ve ever felt behind-the-times (is Chocolate Rain a new candy?), this site is for you.

FlowTV and Media Commons are my two favorite academic websites this year. Flow focuses solely on television, while Media Commons studies all facets of popular culture—but they both include cutting-edge theory on the media and the intersection of race, sexuality, gender, etc