As requested, today’s entry will feature some of the most beloved images of unicorns in art history (surprisingly many are in Paris). Of course, my favorite unicorns in the performing arts are Kurt and Brittany of Glee! Unicorns almost always symbolize virtue, especially related to the virginal purity of young maidens (that works for Kurt and Britt right?)
To find out about unicorns, we first turn to medieval manuscripts, specifically the bestiary, a book with moralizing tales about animals. Caution if you Google bestiary ;)
English, Unicorn from a Bestiary (Ms. Bodl. 764, fol. 10v), 13th century, tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment. Bodleian Library, Oxford University
Happy International Women’s Day everyone!
Here’s to you, Mary Winchester, played by Amy Gumenick (above) and Samantha Smith (below).
You are a female character in a patriarchal narrative (a story written, directed and produced mostly by men, mostly about men, in which women are secondary characters).
You are defined as a wife, a mother and a daughter before you are defined as yourself. You are defined mostly by your relationships to men (we know everything about your sons, we know nothing about your girlfriends). You are burned to death by a demon; your death is the origin myth of the story.
Here’s to all the female characters in patriarchal stories. Here’s to all the women who are writing, acting, producing, directing, making their way in the still male-dominated worlds of film and television (both front and back of the camera).
Here’s to more stories about women, all the stories about women, here’s to the future of stories about women.
I love Supernatural, but it has its flaws. So here’s to Mary Winchester!
Russell Brand Messiah Complex
This man is far more intelligent than many people give him credit for.
comedians generally are.
Pause. Hold up a second. Yes, Russell is intelligent, witty, charming - he speaks out about things that make you want to high five him and yell Finallllly! at the top of your lungs.
But he also has done some really horrible shit like crank calling a rape crisis hotline, sexually coercing a woman to show him her breasts (he halted a production and wouldn’t begin again until she obliged his sick whim), and he bashed Katy Perry and her lack of sexual skills after they divorced. There’s a laundry list of cool things he’s said/done I totally agree, but there’s also a laundry list of repulsive things…
Last night, in Game 4 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, fans witnessed a game-ending…pickoff. Yes, how anticlimactic…but it is a first! Red Sox closer Koji Uehara caught Cardinals pinch-runner Kolten Wong and he was picked off at first base.
woah woah woah….