Memoir

“Grief Is Not Tidy”: ‘Poor Your Soul’ Author Mira Ptacin on Abortion, Loss, and Her Long Road to Publication

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This week marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in America. As our legal rights and access to abortion continue to shrink, two sides stage rallies and fundraisers, and a new court case threatening Roe’s legacy looms in 2016, Mira Ptacin is on tour with her new book Poor Your Soul. This family memoir of loss and love centers around her decision to get a later abortion after learning that the baby she was carrying had defects that were incompatible with life.
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In Molly Crabapple’s ‘Drawing Blood,’ the Millennial Generation’s First Great Radical Artist Tells Her Story

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Those of us born in the 1980s who drew on the walls, jammed in the garage, and filled notebooks with words have just recently emerged as fully formed adult artists, with work in hand to show for it: paintings, albums, chapbooks, novels. Some of us have fans around the world, some of us share within our immediate community, but in all of our work we can see reflections of our common journey: the shared experiences that define our view.
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Carrie Brownstein’s “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl”: A Reserved Peek Behind the Curtain of the Sleater-Kinney Show

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Carrie Brownstein is famous. Most people know this because of Portlandia, the popular sketch comedy show on IFC that she co-created with Fred Armisen. The rest of us were just obsessed with Sleater-Kinney, the late-stage riot grrrl trio born in the mid-’90s that recently returned from a nine-year hiatus to tour behind its new record No Cities to Love. And while Brownstein is carving out a second career as an actress, with recent roles in Jill Soloway’s TV series Transparent and Todd Haynes’ film Carol, she is first and foremost a musician, and the music is the basis for her story.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Favorite Classic Hollywood Stars

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Producers Joan Kramer and David Heeley documented the careers of some of Hollywood’s greatest legends, including Fred Astaire, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart. Their portraits of these colorful acting icons brought them up close and personal to the stars. The duo’s new tell-all memoir In the Company of Legends, from Beaufort Books, captures the hilarious and moving stories about the most powerful names in Hollywood. In anticipation of the book’s release on April 16, and an April 7 TCM documentary special featuring interviews with Kramer and Heeley conducted by Robert Osborne, here are some of the most fascinating and intimate facts we learned about our favorite old Hollywood stars.
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Cool Girls Do It Better: On Kim Gordon’s Juicy, Modest Memoir, ‘Girl in a Band’

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In the final paragraph of her memoir, Girl in a Band, Kim Gordon details a makeout session with a man who is most certainly not Thurston Moore. Emergency brake pulled, the two sat in front of a house on a hill that Gordon had rented in LA for several weeks last year while getting back to her visual art roots in a post-Sonic Youth, post-Thurston world. The anecdote starts kind of bumpy because it is apropos of nothing, but it ends somewhere fitting — hopeful, even. “I know: it sounds like I’m someone else entirely now,” she writes after pulling away from this man’s “full-on grope” for reasons of practicality, “and I guess I am.”
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