Amazing reads by a great essayist/novelist, all free to read online.
A selection of the very best articles and essays about women, covering everything from body image, sex and reproductive issues to work, feminism and what makes them tick.
She displays a dainty glove.
Harrison Fisher, from American beauties, Indianapolis, 1909.
Spectators gather around a dying finback whale in Provincetown, Massachusetts, August 1962.
Photograph by Dean Conger, National Geographic
Mary Shelley’s handwritten poem “Absence”, on the death of her husband. The poem reads:Ah! he is gone — and I alone;
How dark and dreary seems the time!
‘Tis Thus, when the glad sun is flown,
Night rushes o’er the Indian clime.
Is there no star to cheer this night
No soothing twilight for the breast?
Yes, Memory sheds her fairy light,
Pleasing as sunset’s golden west.
And hope of dawn — Oh! brighter far
Than clouds that in the orient burn;
More welcome than the morning star
Is the dear thought — he will return!
Julie D’Aubigny was a 17th-century bisexual French opera singer and fencing master who killed or wounded at least ten men in life-or-death duels, performed nightly shows on the biggest and most highly-respected opera stage in the world, and once took the Holy Orders just so that she could sneak into a convent and shag a nun.
bisexual opera singer who killed ten men and snuck into a convent to shag a nun.
Just so y’all know, she later set that convent on fire so she and that nun could sneak out. And she seduced one of the men she’d dueled.
Also, dueling was a serious crime during her life, but the king of France essentially overturned her conviction on the grounds that the relevant law specifically referred to men.how has there never been a million stories about this badass
“Baltimore is warm but pleasant … I belong here, where everything is civilized and gay and rotted and polite.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald