Good morning, darlings! We’re wishing you a relaxing Sunday filled with crossword puzzles, crisp fall-is-coming-soon air, and some really eggscellent brunch food. We’d also like to just take a moment to remind you that this is happening. We’re already counting down the days until the magical world of J.K. Rowling returns to the big screen.
Read on for a few links to what captured our writers’ intrepid minds this week, and have a lovely day. Enjoy!
Haley: Real Happily-Ever-Afters
Photographer Dina Goldstein explores what Disney Princesses’ futures were really like, after we turned the movie off or shut the book cover. “I began to imagine Disney’s perfect Princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues,” Goldstein said. “With limited funds, I began to assemble my series.” The series is an interesting look at the idealistic portrayal of the princesses and how flimsy those conceptions really are. Check out the “Fallen Princesses” website, and read this review on Demilked.
Vanessa: A Conversation with Kiese Laymon
Roxane Gay, known for spearheading the literary blog The Rumpus, interviews author Kiese Laymon for The Nation. A professor at Vassar, Laymon has just released his debut novel Long Division, which is, at its heart, a coming-of-age tale concerning a young black boy living in the South. Part Back to the Future and part biting social commentary, Laymon joins the ranks of ambitious writers, such as Octavia Butler, who are known for tackling Afro-Surrealist themes in their fiction. Laymon discuses what it means to be black in 2013 and his journey to publication. The eloquence and insight of his answers are truly illuminating and not just for writers.
“Never underestimate the power of high school. It’s the identity everyone wants to live down, the approval everyone aspires to. Being able to check the boxes — marriage, children, career — is more important at a high school reunion than anywhere else, which is why I think that high school, not feminism, is the reason an idea of happiness got framed this way.” Delia Ephron reminds us that while we may not have it all by high school standards, we can have cake. And that’s basically the same thing.
“As the community was going to pieces, Volpe built Truman’s drama program into one of the best in America, and the school itself into something like a de facto high school for the performing arts.”
Michael Sokolove, writing for The New York Times Magazine, tells the amazing, real-life story of a Will Schuester-esque character who has been using the power of theatre to bring together disparate and downtrodden high school students long before Glee hit out television screens. Lou Volpe, the director of drama at Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania, has been inspiring his talented students for decades, and Sokolove’s profile is absolutely riveting.
What caught your eye (or ear!) on the internet this week? Let us know in the comments, or find us on Twitter at @LitDarling and include #LiterallyLinks in your tweet!
Cover photo by Abbie Redmon.