Friday News Bites, Part 2: Republican Malarkey, Tianjin Explosion + More

After covering what’s going on in Ferguson and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, let’s get to other news stories of note this week.

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Friday News Bites: Hillary and Rubio, LGBTQ Stories + More

This week, a lot of the news has been All Hillary, All The Time, but still I have some other interesting tidbits to report. Let’s get started:

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Friday News Bites: Tunisia and Arizona Shootings, Voting Rights + More

Friday, Friday, once again. Let’s catch up with some of the news stories that caught my eye over the last week.

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Record Machine: Dream of Life by Patti Smith

For how much I enjoy and respect Patti Smith, I own far too little of her music. On CD, I have 1996’s Gone Again and 2000’s Gung Ho, and that’s it. I don’t even have Horses yet, which I realize is a major gap, particularly since the time leading into that album is so lovingly documented in one of my favorite books, her memoir Just Kids. Dream of Life is my first vinyl purchase from her discography.

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5 Books with Sara Habein

You may already be familiar with the amazing Sara Habein from her long stint here at Persephone Magazine. She has excellent taste in music, an ear for news, and happens to be an all around gal of many talents. Here, she shares with us her picks for our 5 Books series.  Read More 5 Books with Sara Habein

30 Years of Music: 1993

1993! You are a wealth of musical riches! How am I to be happy with a mere ten songs of your excellence? By picking fifteen instead, that’s how. Turn up yer speakers, kids, we have a bit of (almost) everything this week.

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Three Books by Kickass Women About Good Creative Work

Different moods for reading strike me at various times, but lately I’ve been in the midst of a life plan-crisis, battling Seasonal Affective Disorder, and feeling alienated and alone in a city that’s still new to me after 9 months of settling in. So the literary mood I’ve been in has demanded stories about women who take life by the balls. Here are a few that sated the need.

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Polyvore Outfits for Icons: Jackie, Frida, Josephine, & Patti

You would think that trying to create Polyvore homages to four widely recognized fashion icons would be simple, but I found the difficulty of pinning down and adequately expressing each woman’s style increased in direct proportion to how plainly they dressed. For example, Josephine Baker’s flapper-ware was a snap to pull together. Patti Smith’s proto-punk look? Not so much. Read More Polyvore Outfits for Icons: Jackie, Frida, Josephine, & Patti