#WHM: Tove, Frida & Alice

Women’s History Month is fast evaporating and there are several things I ought to get to but haven’t. Time being short and my memory even shorter, here are some films I didn’t immediately write up and can’t access again to double check impressions so I will be vague but enthusiastic. TOVE (2020) Director: Zaida BergrothWriter:…

A Fire Ritual for the Heart

I was delighted to have my silent video included in the exhibit Silent Fire, a joint venture with Nasty Women Connecticut and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Thanks to Stephanie Johnson and Lys Guillorn for cheering me on. The short film is meant to accompany a performance of Barbara Strozzi’s Ardo in tacito foco,…

Channeling Dorothy Parker

I’m over at Gillian Polack’s blog musing on the effects of this year of pandemic and how we have all cycled through all the feelings (at least I have). Check out the wonderful crowd of women Gillian has gathered there for Women’s History Month, because she knows everybody. Yes, it features that lovely heart depicted…

Is It Funny? Episode 13: Fran Lebowitz & Cool

Guess who’s back? I manage to get all the way through this episode referring only to ‘the Scorsese show’ which of course is Pretend It’s A City, which is on Netflix and has the director following around his pal Fran Lebowitz and chatting with her in various places, as a follow up to his HBO…

More Hilma in Hudson

In the midst of all this uncertainty, we can be certain that art restores our souls [feel free to insert a less fraught word if you are uncomfortable with that one]. The Hilma af Klint exhibit in Hudson though modest is glorious. At the heart of it are her notebooks, meditating on the meaning and…

Hilma af Klint in Hudson

I had thought just to write up the documentary Beyond the Visible which is playing at Time & Space Limited. I saw it recently with Peg and it was just glorious to see her art again even if it was on the big screen and not right before me. Of course it’s frustrating too, to see…

Thoughts Right Now

Fifteen hundred years right here Oh, burning witches, burning books Burning babies in their looks Yes, indeed Burning everything that’s sacred in my genes It’s a tough week for a lot of women you know, whether you know it or not. Maybe they’ve shared their horror stories with you: maybe you have some yourself. I…

Out Now: My Wandering Uterus

My Wandering Uterus: tales of traveling while female  Edited by K. A. Laity, Foreword by H. Byron Ballard, Cover design or artwork by S. L. Johnson Buy merchandise with the cover art at Red Bubble or Cafe Press. BUY THE BOOK!  List Price: $14.99 5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)  Black & White on White paper 360…

FFB: The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark

Was she asking for it? Was she asking nice? If she was asking for it, Did she ask you twice? Hole – Asking For It It seems redundant to call this a lean novel from Spark — her novels are singularly lean. I always feel as if they have been sanded fine. I’ve been on…

My Wandering Uterus ToC

The all-but-final table of contents for My Wandering Uterus, the collection of travel writing by women that Byron and I were foolish enough to brainstorm together — joking! I suppose this is the nearest I will come to that feeling of a baby being overdue (at this rate, I fear it will be coming out…