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From the Department of New Releases

From the Department of New Releases

Time to browse the New Pages virtual “magazine rack” for new releases … Oh, look! There we are! Read about our latest issue and other fine magazines that have landed this month. And meanwhile, contemplate photo by Mark Wyatt, taken in Beijing in 1990.  It accompanies Julie Anderson’s essay, “It Cannot Be Conceived,” which concerns idealistic...
Flashback Video: Watch Mattel market their original dream girl–and a gun for the boys.

Flashback Video: Watch Mattel market their original dream girl–and a gun for the boys.

Slim figures (or not), pantsuits, beauty competitions, commerce, and grabbability have been in high focus during the 2016 presidential campaigns.   So maybe, in the spirit of seeing how far we’ve come and how we got here, it’s time to enjoy a video compilation of vintage Barbie and Ken commercials, plus a few more thoughts about little girls in...
Weekend Reading:  "Our lady of the pantsuit: In praise — yes, praise! — of Hillary Clinton’s style," by Sonja Livingston on Salon.com

Weekend Reading: “Our lady of the pantsuit: In praise — yes, praise! — of Hillary Clinton’s style,” by Sonja Livingston on Salon.com

“It’s time we talk about pants. Hillary’s, specifically. I’m thinking of the red pair she rocked a few nights ago at the first 2016 presidential debate…. I want a patron of loud talk, of speaking her mind, of taking up space. Give me a woman who climbs flagpoles, an icon with full thighs and an...
Religion, Art, and Advertising ... with a Dash of Krause and Fenske

Religion, Art, and Advertising … with a Dash of Krause and Fenske

International sculptor Daniel M. Krause, interviewed in the “Hunt, Gather” issue of Broad Street, is known for many things–studying, deconstructing, and riffing on the famous Chinese warrior sculptures; major corporate commissions and gallery exhibitions; carrying the Olympic torch en route to Beijing; and a series of impressive sculptures for the Scientology flagship center in Clearwater, Florida. His...
Weekend Reading:  "My Little Pony," a memoir by Tama Janowitz

Weekend Reading: “My Little Pony,” a memoir by Tama Janowitz

“I didn’t know what that good life was going to be but I figured it would probably not include a kitchen where the food had expiration dates from three years earlier and when you opened the box moths flew out. . . .” Read the complete text of Tama’s “My Little Pony” here. Tama Janowitz...