My friends were shouting this week about how Fleetwood Mac is back on tour (!!!) and all the excitement prompted me to buy thesecond Fleetwood Mac covers album that I have ever purchased. Some people might think two Fleetwood Mac covers albums might be excessive for one music library that also includes numerous actual Fleetwood Mac albums. Those people are wrong.
Here's a playlist of two Fleetwood Mac songs sandwiching 11 savory Fleetwood Mac covers. Enjoy!
Feminist spoken word roadshow Sister Spit has been sporadically criss-crossing the nation for 20 years now, building community around radical writing, poetry, and films. The group started in 1994 as a Bay Area open mic night meant to highlight the work of women artists who weren't getting enough attention. Since then, Sister Spit has become a traveling show and literary press. On this episode, we talk with three talented members of recent Sister Spit tours: essayist Beth Lisick, poet Dia Felix, and artist and musician Cristy Road.
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I grew up seeing certain images in fairy tales. These images depicted a European, Victorian world that I wasn’t a part of and didn’t come from: bouncy dresses, British aristocracy, long robes, sharp accents, castles, virtue, and power. We were taught to revere these images, to associate royalty with Europe, to learn the order of kings, queens, princesses, and lords. But rarely did these images reflect us. Until now.
• Military sexual assaults are up 50 percent in the last year as a result of increased reporting. The government is specifically targeting male victims who report at an even lower rate than female victims. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a recent news conference, "We have to fight the cultural stigmas that discourage reporting and be clear that sexual assault does not occur because a victim is weak, but rather because an offender disregards our values and the law." [AP]
• Speaking of diversity in literature, a group of people are running a campaign starting today called #WeNeedDiverseBooks to raise more awareness about the lack of characters of color and authors of color on bookshelves. [Facebook]
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Its a shame to paraphrase the recording that made Clippers owner Donald Sterling the first American professional sports magnate to be banned from the NBA for racist remarks—the full thing is a breathtaking thesis on race and sex in this country.