"A third fell under the wheel (and this one was particularly heartbreaking to all of us) when we reluctantly acknowledged that although it was wonderfully written and fabulously inventive, its central love story, while moving, was insufficiently complicated and a bit sentimental; that it failed to depict the body of darker emotions that are integral to love: moments of rage, disappointment, pettiness, and greed, to name a few. All three of us wished love to be as simple as the author imagined it to be, but we acknowledged that love, as far as we could tell, is not only not simple, but that part of its glory is its ability to survive incidents of rage, disappointment, and etc."
"It’s rare that a modern-dance concert hits all the right notes: a good length (leaving you wanting more but still feeling that you’ve got your money’s worth); well-crafted pieces presented in a sensible order; alert, engaging performers with great technical skill; dances that show humor and drama in equal measure; and accessibility. (That last can be tricky—to some, “accessible” indicates a dumbing down in order to draw an audience, but it is really about engaging and involving spectators.) The recent performances of Keigwin Company, at the Joyce, hit those notes, and were accessible in the best sense."
Let’s Talk About Sex
This week in the magazine, Jill Lepore takes us on an historical tour of sex-education books, that genre somewhere “between Kinsey for kids and a juvenile ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting.’” Why, she wonders, do these books exist? Haven’t libraries and friends’ houses traditionally been pretty good places to learn where babies really come from? But with sex education in schools still (sadly) a politically fraught subject, the books below provide a safe and peaceful place for kids to encounter the facts of life. After all, Lepore writes, when your child asks what “ejaculate” means, “you can’t very well hand over your iPad and say, ‘Google it.’ ”
View the slide show.
What’s Going on Down There?
“You already know a lot about your penis,” Karen Gravelle begins, in “What’s Going on Down There?: Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask.” Here, Lepore says, is why you should never buy this book: its cartoon “mascot” is a tiny naked homunculus with an erection, and “in an illustration for a discussion titled ‘How Much Does a Girl Bleed? Does She Have to Wear a Bandage?’ that homunculus guy is taking a nap on a sanitary pad.”
Fortunately for both of us, my dog already had a litter, so I don’t think I need to have “the talk” with her.
During the month of October (October 2 until 5 p.m. on October 30) all customers who make a purchase of $40 or more are eligible to receive a raffle ticket which qualifies them to win one of these 10 coveted and unique prints. For online orders enter “Tomine Raffle” in the comments field of your order. (via Fine Prints Tomine | Skylight Books)
I want one of these so so so so bad.
I remember when this Tomine illustration was the cover of The New Yorker. How cool would it be to win one of these prints?