Happy Birthday, Selena

In which I reflect on a life I learned a lot about just in time CW: gun violence This is just to say that Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the intersectional voice of an underrepresented generation, would have turned fifty years old today. While, as the “Queen of Tejano Music,” she might not be thought of in theContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Selena”

A #PoetryMonth Plug

In which I do a touch of self-promotion Well, it isn’t all promotion of the self! It’s a (pretty) early glimpse of an anthology of poems by contemporary women writers from around the world, published by the very industrious team at Moon Tide Press. I just so happen to be featured with a poem titledContinue reading “A #PoetryMonth Plug”

It’s Poetry Month…

In which I remind you to spend some time at rhyme and verse …as established by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996. Quarter-century, baby! It’s also Easter weekend, hence this tidbit from the vault of a respected multi-hyphenate forebear. So make room for a poem or several in the next twenty-eight days—they don’tContinue reading “It’s Poetry Month…”

The Wilsonian Institute

In which some old, old feelings meet new context Maybe it was the gummi bears. When I sat down with a bag of Haribo Goldbären to Love & Mercy, the biopic covering (in)famous periods in the life of Brian Wilson and the career of The Beach Boys, I thought about how this piece of workContinue reading “The Wilsonian Institute”

Some Dr. Seuss You Can Still Read

In which I bypass Mulberry Street for roads less traveled In honor of World Poetry Day, and in light of recent news, some thoughts on an arguably perfect poet/notoriously imperfect human: A few of Theodor Geisel’s more unscrupulous renderings are officially cancelled as of this year (and rightly so). Contrary to what some would haveContinue reading “Some Dr. Seuss You Can Still Read”

Lit Review: REMAIN IN LOVE

In which I do just that *CW: addiction* This is a story of the tightest rhythm section ever. And possibly the most successful married pop act ever. One of them is French Catholic, which I get; the other is from Kentucky and spent his youth in the KY/OH/western-PA area, which I get. Their joint lifeContinue reading “Lit Review: REMAIN IN LOVE”

Who Was Leni Riefenstahl Really?

In which I step out onto a limb So I’m trying something a little different this International Women’s Day. I thought I’d explore the life of a woman who came from the country I am living in and learning about. And, since women are such marvelously nuanced creatures, I chose a woman who wielded unusualContinue reading “Who Was Leni Riefenstahl Really?”

In Defense of the Kids Who Had the Nerve to Audition

In which, for once, inclusivity supersedes quality We all—of a certain age, anyhow—remember the scene in High School Musical where a procession of hopefuls audition for the winter musicale. They sing an excerpt from “What I’ve Been Looking For” accompanied by its composer, accident-prone musical genius Kelsi Nielsen, who is to East High what ColeContinue reading “In Defense of the Kids Who Had the Nerve to Audition”

Fine Arts Spotlight: Janelle Monáe

In which I watch the finest tightrope act around We end the month on a high note (pun intended) with a artist with a finger in every pie, who is tirelessly bringing joy and empowerment to our very own time. I’ve been an acolyte of Janelle Monáe’s for over two years now. Her acting rangeContinue reading “Fine Arts Spotlight: Janelle Monáe”

Politics Spotlight: Shirley Chisholm

In which a Brooklyn baby goes for it We’re jumping about a century forward from last week to celebrate a trailblazing figure in American politics. I have no doubt her name popped up in my AP U.S. History textbook, but by this point in the timeline we were glossing over a lot of things asContinue reading “Politics Spotlight: Shirley Chisholm”