Greta Gerwig’s Little Women Is All Modernity

Greta Gerwig’s Little Women Is All Modernity

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Writer/Director Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is coming out Christmas Day. Gerwig (Francis Ha, Lady Bird) has most certainly brought an important anti-patriarchal text to life for a whole new generation. Of course, it’s for all generations of film-goers. In an interview with Time, Gerwig explains how she used not only the text from Little Women but also drew from other books written by Alcott, even her letters, to write the script. In response specifically to the book, Gerwig says that she, “reread it as an adult and (she) was bowled over by how modern it …

Tune In to One of These Four Literary Podcasts

Tune In to One of These Four Literary Podcasts

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Podcasts are a form of oral storytelling which is why they have become so popular. Everyone loves stories, loves to hear something inspiring. Here are four literary podcasts that you can listen to and we hope at least one of them will, yes, inspire you.     image via stitcher.com 4. Food 4 Thot This is a podcast that describes itself as a “multiracial mix of queer writers who talk about sex, identity, culture, what we like to read, and who we like to read.” What they don’t describe is how they do it. Raucously. There seems to always be …

Feminist Books Really Are For Everybody

Feminist Books Really Are For Everybody

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It’s the end of the decade. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “the feminist bookstores in the nation’s largest cities are experiencing the most significant upticks in sales, as well as in foot traffic.”  Here is a list of four books on Feminism and a brief summary of each in case you are curious and want to convert to the sisterhood. Image Via AMazon 4-The Feminine Mystique by Betty Freidan In this book, Friedan broke new ground as it was the very first book of its kind to establish that women were in fact, not solely made of “beauty, charm, and sweetness” …

T.S. Eliot Letters to Reveal True Nature of the Shy Poet

T.S. Eliot Letters to Reveal True Nature of the Shy Poet

It was a chilly February evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts the second time Tom met Emily at his cousin’s house in 1913. He was 24, she was 21. It was a party. They were putting on scenes from Jane Austen’s Emma. Emily was playing Mrs. Elton and Tom was playing Mr. Woodhouse. Off stage, Tom was absolutely smitten with her. He knew he was Oxford-bound so he proposed. She hesitated. He ended up marrying the infamous Vivian Haighwood instead and didn’t see Emily Hale for another twelve years. In 1957 he remarried Valerie Fletcher. In between all these years marks a …

Three Ways to Craft a Poem If You’re out of Ideas

Three Ways to Craft a Poem If You’re out of Ideas

Go to Poets & Writers and check out their writing prompts. They have innumerable resources for getting started on writing.   3-Try Making a “Found Poem”   image via amazon   Try what’s called a ‘Found Poem.’ A Found Poem takes existing texts and reorders them, whether it’s a sentence, several words, or several passages. You can take from one paragraph or an entire book; do as you wish. As an example, check out Ezra Pound’s, Cantos. He includes letters written by presidents and popes, as well as an array of official documents from governments and banks.     2-Try …