story: from the archive


As the world anxiously awaits the release of Wonder Woman, we highlight Kristy Guevara-Flanagan’s Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Themes of gender, power, and influence are explored in this film that chronicles the evolution of heroic women in pop culture – from the comic book superheroines of the 1940s, to TV action chicks of the 60s and 70s, to big screen blockbusters of today. The film received the 2011 Documentary Film Fund Grant from Sundance Institute, and went on to premiere at the 2012 South by Southwest film festival.

All film stills courtesy of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

A wall of windows (sometime in 2014).

One thing that stands out about working in a supermarket is being on the inside, looking out. We work beside a wall of windows. Our inside environment is controlled. The outside world, while inside, is our best guess decided by what we can see only. Stranger still, all we talk about with customers is the weather. “It looks like a nice day out!” we will say, and they will more often than not counter with something along the lines of, “It’s too windy” or “It’s going to rain, later.” Perhaps this highlights the unreliable sense sight can be alone, or humanity’s inability to be satisfied with anything in the present moment. Always looking forward, always anticipating something less good. I left work after being inclosed inside for nine hours yesterday, watching blue skies slowly turn grey, as the promised rain guaranteed. Nine hours of watching the outside world silently be thrashed around by wind, too much wind, as reported. As I stepped outside I was surprised by the warm gust of wind that tangled my hair. This, I thought, must be what it’s like to be at a close but safe distance from a rocket launching, readying to venture into outer space, lifting off from a bed of fire. I looked up squinting at the sky broken in two, bright blue and blinding, with grey inching across, aiming to swallow the blue whole.

Storm clouds always make me want to write about aliens. I don’t think alien spacecraft would descend on a nice, clear day, but after. Once the sky was blanketed dark grey. The element of surprise will be on their side.
"I MARRIED A JEW!" - an American Christian horror story from The Atlantic Monthly, 1939

The arguments never change. Classical antisemitism has not been effected by Israel - at all.

The best worst part is when the author teases her husband and other Jews circa 1939 for being too scared of Hitler, who obviously can’t be so bad because he’s just putting a slightly rougher edge on what all the good Christians she knows already believe.

One can’t help but wonder if the marriage lasted, and how the kids turned out.

When I shot this image back in fall 2013 while studying abroad, this was the Common Fiscal, a species which has since been split into two. Today, this is the Southern Fiscal (Lanius collaris), a precious killer songbird!

Over the next few days I’ve queued up some wildlife photography of mine from my adventures in Tanzania. I had about 12 followers on this blog back then, so it should be fresh content to occupy the blank airtime while I’m packing to move to grad school!

anonymous asked:

Hello, Lestat, have u been to the South Pole? I mean there is polar night and u can stay up all day long! Isn't that amazing?

♛Oh yes, definitely! It’s quite beautiful, the glaciers, the animals you see there, and the excellent sledding, of course. 


Collection of letters, photographs and family items from the correspondence of AJ Micheaux and Lillie Smith Robinson, circa 1890-1899. Photo courtesy of Janice L. Cotton, 2016. 

These letters are my most cherished possessions.  They are well over 100 years old and have survived a massive flood and a house fire.  My great-grandfather was the uncle of the pioneer black author and filmmaker Oscar Micheaux.  My great-grandmother was Oscar’s mother’s first cousin.  These letters document correspondence between AJ Micheaux and Lillie Smith Robinson; and eventually include a proposal of marriage on Valentine’s Day 1898.

Story from Janice L. Cotton 

Now all i can feel is

the absence of oxygen in

my lungs and the

something that is nothingness

that has settled in my


-afternoon (e.m)

RAD is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of guest posts featuring stories from the  #NPRchives handpicked by #NPRwomen.

We asked NPR producers The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva)  to choose a story of theirs from the NPR archives for Women’s History Month. Here’s what they said:

So many of our stories are about the lost and hidden histories of women.  We dug back nearly two decades to our story French Manicure: Tales From Vietnamese Nail Shops in America. It is one of our favorites, one that matters deeply to us.  Getting to know the women in the salons, hearing harrowing their stories of war and immigration, feeling the village atmosphere that they create in so many of the shops, trying to capture how one group of women, refugees from a war, took on and adapted to American culture.  The soundtrack is one we are especially proud of, and moved by.  We created it based on the music and recordings in the lives of the manicurists we were recording.  The mixes were done with deep design and care.  The story originally aired on All Things Considered as part of our Lost & Found Sound series that ran weekly across the year of the Millennium.   

Image: Lost and Found Sound logo, 2000. NPR Historical Archives.