Bennington alumni

“Against the backdrop of the culture wars and before the rise of the Internet or desktop publishing, the zine and music culture of the Riot Grrrl movement empowered young women across the country to speak out against sexism and oppression, creating a powerful new force of liberation and unity within and outside of the women’s movement. ”

 A new collection came out this summer over at the Feminist Press.

tw: sexual assault
65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s

Check it out - several of these authors are associated with Bennington!

Jonathan Lethem and Bret Easton Ellis both attended Bennington. Joan Didion also wrote the memoir “Blue Nights,” which focuses on her daughter Quintana, who went to Bennington for two years (Didion herself wanted to attend Bennington, but went to Berkeley instead). Nick Flynn wrote this commencement speech for Bennington in 2010. Jamaica Kincaid taught at Bennington, and still lives in North Bennington. 

Donna Tartt wrote “The Secret History,” ’a murder mystery in reverse’ about a bacchanal gone wrong at a small liberal arts college in New England, during her sophomore year at Bennington.

~ Holly ‘13
Stephen King's Top 20 Rules For Writers

1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience.“When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story. Your stuff starts out being just for you, but then it goes out.”

2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe. The timid fellow writes “The meeting will be held at seven o’clock” because that somehow says to him, ‘Put it this way and people will believe you really know. ‘Purge this quisling thought! Don’t be a muggle! Throw back your shoulders, stick out your chin, and put that meeting in charge! Write ‘The meeting’s at seven.’ There, by God! Don’t you feel better?”

3. Avoid adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend. Consider the sentence “He closed the door firmly.” It’s by no means a terrible sentence, but ask yourself if ‘firmly’ really has to be there. What about context? What about all the enlightening (not to say emotionally moving) prose which came before ‘He closed the door firmly’? Shouldn’t this tell us how he closed the door? And if the foregoing prose does tell us, then isn’t ‘firmly’ an extra word? Isn’t it redundant?”

Read the rest here.

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The best books I’ve read in cold, snowy, hot chocolatey winter: Part I

Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? 

This book is so brilliant that I lost some friends trying to convince them it was far and away better than Bossypants. This is a good book to give to someone you love because they will laugh out loud reading it and be happy. It’s also a good gift to give to someone you hate, because they will read it and maybe their personality will get better after spending quality time in the hilarious childhood memories and astute pop-cultural wisdom of Mindy Kaling. 

Stay tuned for the next installment of… The best books I’ve read in cold, snowy, hot chocolatey winter.

Signal boost!!!

Beloved literature professor and acclaimed author Marguerite Feitlowitz has lost her woolen cape! Having (and then maybe losing) a woolen cape is a very English-teacher-y problem in the first place, you know? In the case of this missing cloak she has graciously offered a “no questions asked” policy, though I bet I can guess the first few questions she has for anyone who appears with it… 

Why did you take my cape?

Where has this been?

Why were you smoking cigarettes in my cape?

You thought it was a finals good-luck charm?

Oh, you have the same one?

Yours is from Urban Outfitters?

What’s Urban Outfitters?


Dana has got ittttt

Leighton has kind of got it

also I lurve Fleetwood Mac.

Watch on

Looking for a new summer jam?
Well look no further; here is Sylvan Esso (featuring Bennington’s own Amelia Meath ‘10) on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
I first discovered this song when my neighbor kept playing it on repeat and I could hear it through our wall. I have never been more grateful to her for playing music at slightly excessive volumes.
- Sarah '15


God loves a terrier - yes he does!