Issue 12  •  Spring 2013


WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, just closed its doors. The show, at   PS1, was an important one, but if truth be told, it sorely lacked perspective. For an exhibition about a movement that was primarily focused on providing an opportunity for women to make choices, very few conscious ones seem to have been made here.

Lykke Li: Youth Novels

Written by Mike Williams
Youth Novels begins with a spoken word intro that makes me feel like I’ll either puke up the ball of repression that I stuffed down my throat aged fifteen or stab the first person who walks into the room with a pen, harder and faster and faster and faster. It’s the worst kind of Youth Novels, the kind I dreaded it would be. I prayed for Salinger and got, My Parents Don’t Understand Me instead. No No No, please make it stop. And then it does, and something amazing happens.

Times Square

Written by Cristina Cacioppo

In 1980, New York City’s Times Square was not the Disney World that it is today. People lined the sidewalks, usually peddling something nefarious. Herein we find the stomping ground of Pamela and Nicky, teen heroines in the film Times Square, a place they make their own in a spirit of rebellion and friendship rarely found in the movies.

Live Alone and Like It is a cute, pocket-sized book replete with a bubble gum pink cover and girly-girl sitting prim and proper in her bed, drinking a cosmopolitan. How very Sex in the City, right? Not so much. This book was originally published in 1936, when it was radical for a woman to eat in a restaurant by herself, let alone set up house that way. Because of the huge gap of time between then and now—and all that went down during this time, such as, I don't know, the civil rights movement and women's liberation—the majority of the advice Ms. Hillis has to offer the single girl is pretty much moot.

She & Him: Volume One

Written by Bernie Laugen
She—she’s Zooey Deschanel, a talented actress, probably best known for her duet with Will Ferrell in Elf. Him—he’s Matt Ward, known to most as M. Ward, one of indie rock’s most talented and accomplished songwriters. Together, they are She and Him, the duo responsible for the refreshingly excellent debut record, Volume One. The story goes that the two met on the set of a movie both were working on (Deschanel acting, Ward manning the soundtrack), and realized they loved a lot of the same music: old country and folk, ‘60s girls pop, and lots of other weird Americana. Deschanel let Ward know she had written some songs, and he convinced her to send him the demos. After hearing and loving them, he was quickly won over and talked her into recording with him.

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