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  • Ava Kofman wrote a new blog post: Feministing Readz: Vivienne Westwood’s Autobiography   1 week, 2 days ago · View

    ThumbnailNo woman in the world, knitting in her living room at age 73, could trace a trajectory from nipple clamps to the Climate Revolution––and then call it her life story-–except for the fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. A new eponymous biography , authored in collaboration with actor and writer Ian Kelly, charts her influence on the politics and punk [...]

  • Ava Kofman wrote a new blog post: Feministing Readz: Kim Gordon’s Is It My Body?   1 month, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailRock star and role model Kim Gordon is best known for her band, Sonic Youth, but she’s also always been a visual and performance artist. For those who know Gordon primarily as a musician, “Is it My Body? Selected Texts,” a collection of her writings on art and performance published this past May by Sternberg Press, [...]

  • Ava Kofman wrote a new blog post: Feministing Readz: Insel   2 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailYou could probably count on one hand the number of novels that have taken up great platonic male-female friendships as their theme. The republication of Mina Loy’s Insel, by Melville House Publishing’s Neversink Library this past May, is a refreshing, challenging, and brilliant addition to this intimate pantheon. Loy’s only novel, Insel is the portrait of a starving [...]

  • Ava Kofman wrote a new blog post: Not Oprah’s Book Club: Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals   4 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailI first came across Patricia Lockwood’s second book of poetry, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, through this week’s internet buzz. The buzz is everywhere: a New York Times Magazine profile , condescending New Yorker and square Slate reviews, and an article in The Toast on the unsubtle heterosexism of said all male-authored reviews. Even after reading the book twice in private, it was difficult to experience [...]

  • Ava Kofman wrote a new blog post: Not Oprah’s Book Club: The Empathy Exams   4 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailThe first essay of Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams , from which the collection takes it title, begins with a declaration of performed pain: “My job title is medical actor, which means I get to play sick.” The final, “Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain,” ends with a “search for possibility.” It asks how we might understand this performed [...]

  • ThumbnailJulie Zeilinger’s College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year  is the book I wish I read four years ago when I started college. The guide advises incoming freshman on how to navigate the confusing new experiences that come with being a freshman and a woman in college — namely, the ways in which tricky roommates, demanding academics, rising [...]

  • Ava Kofman became a registered member   5 months, 2 weeks ago · View

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