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Kickass Woman Of The Day: Warsan Shire Is London’s First Ever Young Poet Laureate

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Kickass Woman Of The Day: Warsan Shire Is London's First Ever Young Poet Laureate

Warsan Shire, 24, has just become London’s first ever Young Poet Laureate. The Kenyan-born Somali poet writes about both English and African culture, exploring war, sex, culture, love, and everything in between with a great depth and sensitivity. She expresses her worldview with an honest vulnerability that most would shy away from. Her first book of poems, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth, was published in 2011. She has a BA in creative writing and even teaches workshops on using poetry to heal trauma – and she’s not even halfway through her 20s yet. Warsan was chosen from six young finalists, and she will now undertake a residency at the Houses of Parliament and spend the next year creating work that reflects on London. Carol Ann Duffy, London’s current poet laureate, announced Warsan as the winner as part of National Poetry Day. Her willingness to be candid and speak her truth in her work is something we could all stand to learn from. ”It is our vision for east London to be a thriving cultural district,” said chief executive Dennis Hone, “and Warsan as the first Young Poet Laureate for London will play a key part in that transformation.” Congratulations! [BBC; Well & OftenWarsan Shire]

“The Bachelor”‘s Courtney Robertson Writing Memoir

  • Courtney Robertson, season 16 winner of “The Bachelor” with Ben Flajnik, landed a book deal for a memoir called I Didn’t Come Here To Make Friends: Confessions Of A Reality Show Villain. [US Weekly]
  • “Glee” star Heather Morris gave birth this weekend to a baby boy named Elijah. Mazel tov!  [US Weekly]
  • Lindsay Lohan’s parents have been banned by Oprah’s network from appearances on LiLo’s reality show. [TMZ]
  • Rachel Leigh Cook has welcomed her first daughter with “Vampire Diaries” actor Daniel Gillies. Congrats! [People]
  • Is “Breaking Bad” a critique of U.S. healthcare (or lack thereof)? [Feministing]
  • “Modern Family” might be getting a spinoff. [Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

Literature Bro David Gilmour Isn’t Sexist, He Was Just Busy Speaking French When He Said Women Writers Suck

“I was having a conversation, in French, with a colleague while this young woman was doing this interview. So these were very much tossed-off remarks. … [T]his is a young woman who kind of wanted to make a little name for herself, or something, because when I said ‘real heterosexual guys’ I’m talking about Scott Fitzgerald [and] Scott Fitzgerald was not what you’d call a real guy’s guy, a real heterosexual guy. Part of Scott Fitzgerald’s charm is in his feminine sensibility. But then this noise happened. … Quite frankly, I was speaking to a Frenchman, so I was more concerned with my French than I was with what I was saying to this young woman.”

Are you following this? Professor David Gilmour of the University of Toronto isn’t sexist for refusing to teach women writers in his classes (except for one short story by Virginia Woolf) — you see,  he was just busy speaking in French to someone else. It’s so hard to not be sexist and speak French at the same time. Also, the female journalist who printed the words that came out of his mouth is just trying to “make a little name” for herself. Also-also, women writers still aren’t very good at writing, but F. Scott Fitzgerald has a “feminine sensibility” so he’s still OK as the type of “serious heterosexual guys” that Gilmour will only teach. Cool story, bro. [National Post]

Literature Bro David Gilmour Doesn’t Teach Books Written By Women: “If You Want Women Writers Go Down The Hall”

“I’m not interested in teaching books by women. Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories. But once again, when I was given this job I said I would only teach the people that I truly, truly love. Unfortunately, none of those happen to be Chinese, or women. Except for Virginia Woolf. And when I tried to teach Virginia Woolf, she’s too sophisticated, even for a third-year class. Usually at the beginning of the semester a hand shoots up and someone asks why there aren’t any women writers in the course. I say I don’t love women writers enough to teach them, if you want women writers go down the hall. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys. Henry Miller. Philip Roth.”

This is Professor David Gilmour of the University of Toronto, who is interviewed today in a column called “Shelf Esteem” by Random House Canada. No foofy lady writers with their weight gain battles, dying children and Red Rooms Of Pain on these esteemed shelves! Gilmour is only interested teaching his students in the greats, who of course, have a big dick swinging between their legs, which helps them write.  The only “woman writer” who even approaches the dickitude David Gilmour needs in his writers is Virginia Woolf. And if you’ve got a problem that, you can go cry about it in the women’s studies department down the hall. (Also, no Chinese???)

[Random House CA] [Image via Random House]

Maya Angelou Honored With Prestigious Literary Award

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  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings author Dr. Maya Angelous will be awarded the Literarian Award, a sorta lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation. [AP]
  • Beginning this school year, Chicago Public Schools have mandated sexual education for all students, even in kindergarten. [Clutch Magazine]
  • A 13-year-old boy has been questioned regarding the rape of an eight-year-old girl in a library bathroom in New York City. I can’t even. [NBC New York] Keep reading »

This Post Is For That One Person At Book Club Who Never Finishes The Book

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When I was in a book club, I only finished the chosen books about half the time. So I feel you, Taryn Manning (yup, Pennsatucky from “Orange Is The New Black”). I really feel you. But your mistake was lying about that shit. [Funny Or Die]

Study: 50 Shades Of Grey “Perpetuates” Abusive Relationships

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The Journal of Women’s Health published a study earlier this week entitled “Double Crap! Abuse And Harmed Identity In 50 Shades Of Grey” by professor Amy Bonomi of Michigan State University and two other professors. The study, which focused on the first eight chapters of the first book in the series, found, according to Bonomi, that “50 Shades Of Grey perpetuates dangerous abuse patterns.” Keep reading »

Samantha Gailey Geimer, Raped At 13 By Roman Polanski, Publishes Memoir

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In 1977, the filmmaker Roman Polanski asked the mother of a 13-year-old girl named Samantha Gailey if he could photograph her daughter for French Vogue. The mom agreed and the young girl privately posed topless for the famous director, which she later said made her feel uncomfortable.  In a second private photo session with Polanski at the Los Angeles home of Jack Nicholson, he offered her champagne and a qualude while he photographed her. Polanski then raped her vaginally, anally and orally while she repeatedly asked him to stop.

Samantha Gailey, who now goes by Samantha Geimer, is now publishing a memoir, The Girl: A Life In The Shadow Of Roman Polanski Keep reading »

25 Books You Should Read While You’re Single

Why say “single” like it’s a bad thing? One of the great perks of being unattached is the free time — time that can be spent catching up on all the great reading you’ve been meaning to do for the last five years. Here’s a list of the best choices for those blissfully quiet summer evenings. Keep reading »

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  • Sorry, nerds, but as of this writing, only $107 out of $2 million has been raised to “reward” author George RR Martin for finishing Book 6 of the Song of Fire and Ice series by the end of 2014. [IndieGogo]
  • James Gandolfini’s funeral was held today in New York City’s Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where “The Sopranos” creator David Chase delivered a eulogy. [US Weekly, Reuters]
  • Martha Stewart had a threesome. I’ll let that one sink in for a bit. [Huffington Post]
  • Do you want to watch a guy play AC/DC on a bagpipe shooting flames? Of course you do! [Boing Boing]
  • Everything  you probably don’t want to know about what Chinese herbal sex medicines did to this man’s penis. [Nerve]
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