Issue 12  •  Spring 2013


The Last Mistress

Written by Kevin Cooke
In Catherine Breillat’s The Last Mistress, bleeding is love, both carnal and pure, cutting skin and stigma. It transcends any societal scruples, any better judgment, leaving bare the maidenly point where love and lust quit their fight and unite. The lovers in this story, adapted from the novel by Jules Amedee Barbey d'Aurevilly, are only virginal in one respect, to be revealed and remembered in the perfection of bloodred.

Art In Our Cities: A Preview

Written by Melissa Levin
This fall, you can see artwork by emerging and established artists working in all media from Los Angeles to Cleveland to New York to Portland, Maine. From Frida Kahlo and Laurie Anderson to Larissa Bates and Kate Gilmore, listed here are shows by fabulous female artists as well as extraordinary lady-run spaces across the country. Check these women out as they (literally) make their marks in our world.

Abortion & Life: Jennifer Baumgardner

Written by Emily Westerweller
So, with this being an election year, we have been and are going to continue to hear arguments on many topics that affect us as female voters. One of the topics often brought up in elections—past, present, and no doubt future—is the sometimes heated and very personal topic of abortion. And abortion is personal; it is more than just an argument between politicians. In her new book, Abortion & Life, Jennifer Baumgardner illuminates this. She does not glorify abortion, but rather celebrates a woman’s right to choose. She reminds us of a time when abortion was illegal, helps us imagine what it would be like if pro-lifers got their way, and enables us to understand how history changed when Roe won Roe v. Wade.

Deerhoof: Offend Maggie

Written by Zachary Martin
At this point, Deerhoof is really one of the last remaining strongholds of indie music. Longevity is not a requirement in rock music, but Deerhoof has been on the scene for over ten years, proving to anyone who wants to listen that it is possible to make the art you want and be popular.

Patti Smith: Dream of Life

Written by Jesse Sposato
You know when you watch an awesome trailer for a movie, and then you go and see it and you feel like, weird, the coming attractions showed all the good parts of the movie. And then you feel like, no, they were even better than the movie itself. Well, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is kind of like that. In the coming attractions, epic things are happening; you feel like you’re getting just a taste, a tiny glimpse of the amazing scenes you’ll get a whole lot more of later—like Patti chatting up her parents about the well-known song, “Gloria,” and reminiscing about how Bob Dylan once tuned her guitar. (He said, “Hey, nice guitar.”) But the thing is, you are sort of wrong.

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