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Japanese women fight pervasive sexism

In the 2021 election, only 9.7% of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party candidates were women. (Carl Court / Pool photo via AP) The legislative elections to Japan’s lower house last October were the first since the Law on “Promoting Gender Equality in Politics” three years earlier. Yet the number of women elected to the House […]

This and that: “JT LeRoy” and “Tomboy” |

JT LeRoy (based on an extraordinary true story) and Tomboy explore what happens when two people explore a different identity. JT LeRoy Laura Dern with Kristen Stewart in ‘JT LeRoy’. Source: Steven Ackerman In the late 1990s and early 2000s, JT LeRoy was one of the most prominent young writers in the literary world thanks […]

Chandrashekar Patil, Kannada literator, ...

Bangalore: Literator Kannada, activist Chandrashekar Patil (83) died Monday in a private hospital here after suffering from age-related illnesses. Her family sources said the final rites would be performed in Bangalore. Chandrashekar Patil, popularly known as Champa, was a well-known poet, playwright and was considered one of the main voices of the “Bandaya” movement (progressive […]

Bob Saget, actor and comedian known for ...

Bob Saget, the actor and comedian best known for his role as Danny Tanner in the television series Full house, died at the age of 65. According to TMZ, Saget died Sunday, January 9 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando, Florida. news site reports, adding that they were told Saget was “pronounced dead at the […]

10 Marvel comics with groundbreaking rev...

Marvel has been posting amazing stories for years. There are a lot of factors in a great story. Sometimes it’s something calm, like game-changing character development. Sometimes it’s epic action that fans never forget. One of the best, however, is the big reveal. Those moments, when creative teams kill off a plot development they’ve been […]

William (Bill) Linneman | Obituary

MOUNT PLEASANT – William (Bill) Linneman, passed away January 7, 2022. He will be cremated and laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Stanford. An informal commemorative meeting will take place at a later date. William Richard Linneman was born in Bloomington, Illinois on October 13, 1926, to William Louis and Bertha Ummel Linneman. He […]

Live events in 2022 to look forward to

Making plans to attend shows is not what it used to be. I’m writing this a few days before the end of 2021 and just received notice of a new level of COVID security screening. In order to attend performances during the Prototype Contemporary Opera Festival which takes place in mid-January in New York City, […]

The hijacked life of a genre fiction wri...

Message invited by the author Stéphanie LaVigneStephanie LaVigne is an author of detective novels and bestselling novels. She appears frequently in media, including podcasts, television, magazines, and online author interviews. Connect with her on your favorite social media platforms and sign up for her newsletter at to be up to date with what’s happening […]

Verse Affairs: Gadgets of the Heart

Any discussion of Instagram poetry, whether in popular or academic posts, tends to generally focus on two themes. First, how the popularity of poetry on social media saved a dying form and breathed new life into it. In India, much of the vitality of poetry on social media comes as poets find space to approach […]

Preserving the Story: Medicine Woman Mel...

UNCASVILLE – Mohegan Medicine Woman Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel, an award-winning writer with several novels and non-fiction books to her name, understands the power of storytelling. After all, Tantaquidgeon Zobel, who is also the official tribe historian, comes from a long line of storytellers. A very long line. His great aunt and mentor was the medicine […]