July 30, 2009
Roald Dahl has always been one of my favourite writers, Wes Anderson is one of my favourite directors, and I think Jason Schwartzman is a total dreamboat. So I'm pretty excited about the upcoming film adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox. The trailer has just been released; it looks cute.
So reading is trendy, according to The Cut. Models have been photographed reading backstage at shows, Sasha Pivovarova holds a book in a recent Italian Vogue shoot and the new Alberta Ferretti campaign features models surrounded by books and flying pages. Three is indeed a trend, but you know what? Being a bookworm has always been hot. Reading rules. I like Wellington illustrator Kelly Thompson's latest pieces of nerdy boys and girls, part of her recent 'Bookworms Never Go To Bed Alone' exhibition - take a look at more of her work here. And for Auckland based bookworms, the Variety Monster Book Fair is on this weekend; I can't wait.
July 28, 2009
There's also this gross idea of 'modern female sexuality' that really gets me going: girls who think dressing and acting like a skank is proof that you're sexually liberated. I've already ranted about this. But I think some questions writer Ariel Levy asks are good ones to ponder right now
"How is resurrecting every stereotype of female sexuality that feminism endeavored to banish good for women? Why is labouring to look like Paris Hilton (or Pamela Anderson) empowering? And how is imitating a stripper or a porn star - a woman whose job is to imitate arousal in the first place - going to render us sexually liberated?"
I interviewed Guardian writer Hadley Freeman recently and asked her about all of this, and I think she summed it up pretty well when she said, "Feminism just means believing men and women should have equal rights so anyone who doesn't consider themselves a feminist is clearly a bit weird". Right on.
July 27, 2009
I asked a busy Karen to give us a list of her 10 favourite things right now - and here they are: