JUMPING INTO AN ORGY WHILE STILL SHAVING YOUR LEGS: ON WOMEN FILMMAKERS (My February column at Bookslut)

(Courtesy of Rachel Levit) We've all heard the latest appalling statistics regarding women in the film industry: according to a San Diego State University study, only 17% of directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 grossing movies of 2014 were women. Despite the near parity of women and men …

“Oh, Johnny!” We’ll miss you Joan Fontaine

"Do you mind if I reverse the charges." And here's my earlier post: SISTERHOOD AT THE OSCARS, 1942 (Having four sisters myself I deeply appreciate this story, their complicated bond.) The story behind the picture: Olivia De Havilland (born July 1, 1916) and Joan Fontaine (born October 22, 1917) are sisters. In 1942, they were …

Happy Diamond Jubilee from the Amazing Christian Clarke of The Bronx Academy of Letters, Banksy, and Me

Christian Clark has been an awesome and inspiring English and Drama teacher at The Bronx Academy of Letters since 2005 and chaperone for the past two years of The London Trip in which four students, winners of an essay contest, spend five days sightseeing and theatre going in London with me as their host. This …