I subscribed, even before I read this letter. I’ve read Bitch since their first issue. The Punk Singer is right; they’re that important.
Let’s call it what it is: The Old Gray Man. I don’t know Jill Abramson, and I know this is a complicated story, but I loved her appearance in the bromance Page One: Inside the New York Times, and I know several women who have prospered at the paper during her reign. Dean Baquet seems like a standup guy too, but still, between this and presidential politics, it’s clear to me that America is ready to deal with its racism before it will address its sexism.
Thinking good thoughts for Kathleen Hanna, who has had a relapse of Lyme Disease, according to a press release from her publicist. The Julie Ruin has postponed their international tour while “The Punk Singer” undergoes more treatment. Kathleen is one of the most extraordinary people I’ve had the good fortune to ever meet, and her influence on the world just seems to grow every minute — there would be no Pussy Riot without the raddest of the Riot Grrrls. Please say a Punk Prayer for her.
Fascinating and mostly spot-on article by AO Scott in the New York Times today about “The Paradox of Art as Work,” or what I like to call Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction. I like the film critic’s broad cultural references, especially Gillian Welch. I am particularly mulling over this sentence: “The idea that everyone can be an artist — making stuff that can be shared, traded or sold to a self-selecting audience of fellow creators — sits awkwardly alongside the self-contradictory dream that everyone can be a star.” I think I disagree with the predicate: These may be antagonistic and possibly even revolutionary notions, not complementary ones. This is actually a topic I devoted independent study to at USC, under Henry Jenkins, and may well take up again. What do you think: Is the idea that everyone can be an artist akin to the idea that everyone can be a star?