The Weekend | Reading Suggestions

Οι αναγνωστικές προτάσεις για το ΣΚ είναι εδώ. (α) Ένα προφίλ του New Yorker για την αγαπημένη μου Νιγηριανή συγγραφέα Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. (β) Ένα άρθρο για μια Γερμανίδα που κατόρθωσε να ζήσει τη μεγάλη ζωή στη Νέα Υόρκη με λεφτά που στην ουσία δεν είχε. Διαβάζεται και σαν short story. (γ) Υπέροχες ασπρόμαυρες φωτογραφίες από τον André Κertész. (δ) Βιβλιοκριτική για το The Vegetarian της Kang Han. (ε) Άρθρο για την εξαιρετική σειρά The Good Fight. (στ) Προφίλ της Ευτυχίας Γιαννάκη, συγγραφέα της τριλογίας Στο Πίσω Κάθισμα/ Αλκυονίδες Μέρες/ Πόλη στο Φως. Καλές αναγνώσεις και κάθε δική σας πρόταση επιθυμητή!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Terms with Global Fame by Larissa MacFarquhar @ The New Yorker

Maybe She Had So Much Money She Just Lost Track of It by Jessica Pressler @ The Cut

Η ασπρόμαυρη ματιά του André Κertész @ Style Rive Gauche

The Vegetarian, Kang Han @ Πότε-πότε την Κυριακή

The Incendiary Verve of “The Good Fight” by Emily Nussbaum @ The New Yorker

Η Ευτυχία Γιαννάκη λατρεύει τον συντηρητισμό του καλλιτεχνικού πατινάζ και την ταχύτητα της Formula 1 από την Λίνα Ρόκου @ Popaganda

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Americanah (I)

Depression was what happened to Americans, with their self-absolving need to turn everything into an illness. She was not suffering from depression, she was merely a little tired and a little slow. «I don’t have depression,» she said. Years later, she would blog about this: «On the Subject of Non-American Blacks Suffering from Illnesses Whose Names They Refuse to Know.» A Congolese woman wrote a long comment in response: She had moved to Virginia from Kinshasa and, months into her first semester of college, begun to feel dizzy in the morning, her heart pounding as though in flight from her, her stomach fraught with nausea, her fingers tingling. She went to see a doctor. And even though she checked «yes» to all the symptoms on the card the doctor gave her, she refused to accept the diagnosis of panic attacks because panic attacks happened only to Americans. Nobody in Kinshasa had panic attacks. It was not even that it was called by another name, it was simply not called at all. Did things begin to exist only when they were named?

– Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Inspiration | Influential Women (I)

Στις 8 Μαρτίου γιορτάζουμε την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα της Γυναίκας. Είναι μια μέρα που αφορά στα δικαιώματα των γυναικών – στη θέση μας στην κοινωνία. Ευκαιρία λοιπόν να μοιραστώ μαζί σου μερικές γυναίκες που θεωρώ πως αποτελούν θετικά πρότυπα για κάθε μια από εμάς εκεί έξω.

Σήμερα θα τις παρουσιάσω πολύ συνοπτικά, αλλά υπόσχομαι να γράψω χωριστά post για την κάθε μια ώστε να τις γνωρίσεις καλύτερα. Άφησε μου σε σχόλιο για ποια θες να μάθεις περισσότερα.


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie by Patrick Demarchelier for Vanity Fair Magazine

We teach girls shame. Close your legs, cover yourself; we make them feel as though being born female they’re already guilty of something. As so, girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. They grow up to be women who silence themselves. They grow to be women who cannot say what they truly think. And they grow up—and this is the worst thing we do to girls—they grow up to be women who have turned pretense into an art form.

– We Should All Be Feminists –


Frida Kahlo

The Life & Times Of Frida Kahlo (2005) dir. by Amy Stechler | Frida Kahlo from an unsent letter to Diego Rivera

source: Dial N for Noir


Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir photographed by Brassaï

If the feminine issue is so absurd, is because the male’s arrogance made it «a discussion».

– The Second Sex –


Gloria Steinem

Yale Joel—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

 Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It’s about making life more fair for women everywhere. It’s not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It’s about baking a new pie.


J.K. Rowling

Very early on in writing the series, I remember a female journalist saying to me that Mrs Weasley, ‘Well, you know, she’s just a mother.’ And I was absolutely incensed by that comment. Now, I consider myself to be a feminist, and I’d always wanted to show that just because a woman has made a choice, a free choice to say, ‘Well, I’m going to raise my family and that’s going to be my choice. I may go back to a career, I may have a career part time, but that’s my choice.’ Doesn’t mean that that’s all she can do. And as we proved there in that little battle, Molly Weasley comes out and proves herself the equal of any warrior on that battlefield.


Virginia Woolf

Suppose, for instance, that men were only represented in literature as the lovers of women, and were never the friends of men, soldiers, thinkers, dreamers; how few parts in the plays of Shakespeare could be allotted to them; how literature would suffer! We might perhaps have most of Othello; and a good deal of Antony; but no Caesar, no Brutus, no Hamlet, no Lear, no Jaques –literature would be incredibly impoverished, as indeed literature is impoverished beyond our counting by the doors that have been shut upon women.

– A Room of One’s Own –


Emma Watson

Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom.


Αυτές ήταν και είναι μερικές απ’ τις γυναίκες της δημόσιας σφαίρας που με τη ζωή, το έργο και τον λόγο τους έχουν αποτελέσει θετικό παράδειγμα για εμένα. Είναι φεμινιστικά πρότυπα · και ναι, ο φεμινισμός δεν είναι βρώμικη λέξη. Μην το ξεχνάς.