It's the end! But not really! But it could have been! With a death, a moon landing, a winnning Burger Chef pitch, and a whole lot of closure, "Waterloo" gave us a lot to both satisfy and whet our narrative appetite for the final season's second half, which begins in 2015. Join us as we puzzle out the meanings, moods, and unexpected musical numbers of Mad Men's mid-season finale.
In politics, there’s a saying that the only politician you can count on to align 100% with your values, 100% of the time, is you. That’s why, in past as a political fundraiser, I was always a little nervous to make my pitch for whatever progressive cause I was working on. I’d always end up toeing a line that I agreed with, mostly, but not entirely. And that made me nervous.
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• Renowned poet and author Maya Angelou died today at age 86. Here are two moving ways to remember her work this morning: a video of her reading "On the Pulse of Morning" at the swearing-in of President Bill Clinton and a powerful nterview in 2008 where she said, "I think every year has been challenging. Every day challenges. Some of the challenges were more public than others." [New York Times, Colorlines]
“No one’s serious at seventeen,” wrote Arthur Rimbaud in the 1870 poem “Roman.” When these words part from the pair of pillowy lips belonging to Isabelle (Marine Vacth), the teenaged protagonist of François Ozon’s Young and Beautiful, the audience gets the feeling she has chosen to become a prostitute chiefly to disprove them.
This month, the final book in Karen Sandler's dystopian young adult sci-fi series Tankborn hits the shelves. I profiled the series last year on Bitch as part of a series on portrayals ofgirls of color in dystopia and eagerly awaited the series' third-and-final title, Rebellion.