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by Sallie Bingham
As my biography of Doris Duke continues to simmer in the editing vats at Farrar, Straus—I imagine the editors there adding a bit of salt, scraping off a few grains of pepper—with a pub date of 2017, I must for my salvation begin to write—again.
Doris will be my fourteenth published work, but now I’m once more a raw upstart, a woman daring to intrude into the magic kingdom of creativity, where there are no dirty socks on the floor, no sinks full of food-caked dishes. There is only the terrifying other of the empty page; I write my first drafts by hand, with an ink pen that inevitably leaks, staining my right middle finger. When I see that stain in the midst of other activities and preoccupations, I know I have begun.Read More »
By Nosheen Hotaki
Language. It is language through which we can articulate our love, convey our gratitude, voice our anger, and exchange ideas. Language in its most unique form is the virtue that has made homosapiens suitable for survival. Yet, language has the power to hurt us more than any form of physical violence.
I came to the United States in the fall of 2012 to attend a prestigious boarding school in New England. For the past four years, I have been referred to as “exotic,” time and time again. I have been stopped on the street on my way to work, having people inquire my ethnicity, saying that, “there is no way you are American,” because “ you are too exotic.” My friends’ parents have referred to me as “the exotic middle-eastern princess.” In an attempt to adulate me, men have previously said, “You are not the blonde and normal beautiful. You are the exotic beautiful that makes me drool.”Read More »
by Sallie Bingham
One of the strangest things about the latest attack on our freedom of choice is that the charge is led by a woman: Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee. A pretty blond woman who looks younger than her sixty-three years, she was born and educated in Mississippi and has worked for various advertising companies before being elected to the Tennessee Senate, where she served for six years, rising from there to the U.S. House of Representatives.
None of this speaks clearly to the reasons for the anti-choice crusade she is carrying out as chairwoman of the newly elected House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, a creation of that wing of the Republican Party that has redefined the definition of conservatism, returning it to its roots in the eighteenth century when it opposed suffrage for women and the emancipation of slaves.
Whatever her personal convictions may be, Representative Blackburn is positioning herself to be chosen by Donald Trump as his running mate. She will “seriously consider an offer” which is rumored to forthcoming.Read More »
by Sallie Bingham
Our language is under assault.
An obituary published recently in The World In 2016 is titled, “Elegy for Lost Verbiage.” In it, the writer Ann Wroe uses the “difficult words” that will vanish from SAT tests this year—including words I need to use, such as umbrage, impetuous, denigrate and vituperate.
Is there a link between this loss of words and the title of my favorite magazine, the delightfully outrageous, and frequently revelatory monthly, B****?
I don’t like the title. I wince when I hear it or read it.Read More »
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