Vladimir Davydov Vladimir Davydov (December 14 [O.S. December 2] 1871 – December 27 [O.S. December 14] 1906) was the second son of Lev and Alexandra Davidov and nephew, as well as lover, of the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who called him "Bob". Life From his earliest years, Davydov showed an aptitude for music and drawing, which was encouraged by his uncle. After he studied at the Imperial School of Jurisprudence in Saint Petersburg, however, Bob decided on a military career and joined the Preobrazhensky Lifeguard regiment. He resigned his commission as a lieutenant in 1897 and moved to Klin, where he helped the composer's brother Modest create a museum to commemorate Tchaikovsky's life. Prone to depression, Davydov turned to morphine and other drugs before he committed suicide in 1906 at the age of 34. He is buried at the town's Dem'ianovo Cemetery. Relationship with Tchaikovsky Dedications Notes References External links
Castrating the Straight Male Gaze on Bayonetta (or at least making room for other ones!) First, a disclaimer: I'm nearly a year late to the party on Bayonetta. There are several reasons for this, and almost all of them boil down to grad school. I rediscovered the game recently while doing research for my prospectus, stumbling into Chris Dahlen's blog about Bayonetta's sexuality as a weapon. I usually don't dig oversexed vixens for my female characters, but something about Dahlen's piece piqued my curiosity. Black Friday sales made it a good time to purchase the title. The Cliff's Notes version of Bayonetta would sound something like the following: an unrealistically proportioned hypersexual witch hunts down angels using magic powered by her hair, which also serves as her primary means of clothing. You read that correctly. The blogosphere had a lot of conflicting feelings about Bayonetta's overt sexuality. The major complaint I have about Bayonetta-as-scopophilic-object readings is the androcentric, heteronormative views that inform them.
Junot Díaz Junot Díaz (born December 31, 1968) is a Dominican-American writer, creative writing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and fiction editor at Boston Review. He also serves on the board of advisers for Freedom University, a volunteer organization in Georgia that provides post-secondary instruction to undocumented immigrants. Central to Díaz's work is the immigrant experience. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, in 2008. He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow. Early years Díaz was born in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was the third child in a family of five. He attended Kean College in Union, New Jersey for one year before transferring and ultimately completing his BA at Rutgers College in 1992, majoring in English; there he was involved in Demarest Hall, a creative-writing, living-learning, residence hall, and in various student organizations. Work Activism and advocacy
ei: Film review: "Edward Said: The Last Interview" Filmed within three days in 2002, just one year before his death at the age of 67, Edward Said: The Last Interview is a compelling portrait of a man who was not only a strong advocate of the Palestinian cause, but an accomplished teacher, literary critic, writer and musician. After living for more than ten years with a fatal strain of leukemia, which he was diagnosed with in 1991, Said refused interviews. However, former student D.D. Confronted with the visage of a terminally ill Said, Glass does not hesitate to ask about his incurable leukemia. When asked about his memoir Out of Place (1999), Said explains that he wrote it after the death of his mother. This sense of difference carried over into his academic training at Princeton and Yale. The representation of Arabs and the “other” also intrigued Said and led him to research historical depictions starting with Mohammed in Dante’s Inferno who landed in the eighth circle of hell. Related links: BY TOPIC: Edward SaidBY TOPIC: Films
Susan Sontag: Notes On "Camp" Published in 1964. Many things in the world have not been named; and many things, even if they have been named, have never been described. One of these is the sensibility -- unmistakably modern, a variant of sophistication but hardly identical with it -- that goes by the cult name of "Camp." A sensibility (as distinct from an idea) is one of the hardest things to talk about; but there are special reasons why Camp, in particular, has never been discussed. It is not a natural mode of sensibility, if there be any such. Indeed the essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration. Though I am speaking about sensibility only -- and about a sensibility that, among other things, converts the serious into the frivolous -- these are grave matters. Taste has no system and no proofs. To snare a sensibility in words, especially one that is alive and powerful,1 one must be tentative and nimble. These notes are for Oscar Wilde. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
Life is Strange and So is Discrimination Against Female Protagonists In recent news Dontnod studios, the developer behind Remember Me, revealed that their newest game, titled Life is Strange, was turned down by many major publishers due to the playable character being a female. Square Enix (Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider) is to publish the game, having no issue with the female lead, but they weren’t the first publisher that Dontnod went to, merely the first to actually wanted to publish the game. In a developer diary Jean-Maxime Morris, Dontnod’s creative director, stated that Square Enix was the only publisher who didn’t want to change a thing about the game; “Square Enix were basically the only publisher who didn’t want to change a single thing about the game. Moris also noted in an interview with Penny Arcade in 2013 that Remember Me had similar issues in development, specifically that publishers didn’t want to take on a game with a female lead. “We had some that said, ‘Well, we don’t want to publish it because that’s not going to succeed. Like this:
Delmore Schwartz Delmore Schwartz (December 8, 1913 – July 11, 1966) was an American poet and short story writer. Biography Schwartz was born in 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, where he also grew up. Schwartz spent time at Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin before finally graduating from New York University in 1935. In 1937, he also married Gertrude Buckman, a book reviewer for Partisan Review, whom he divorced after six years. For the next couple of decades, he continued to publish stories, poems, plays, and essays, and edited the Partisan Review from 1943 to 1955, as well as The New Republic. In 1959, he became the youngest-ever recipient of the Bollingen Prize, awarded for a collection of poetry he published that year, Summer Knowledge: New and Selected Poems. from "The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me" Much of Schwartz's work is notable for its philosophical and deeply meditative nature, and the literary critic, R.W. Schwartz was interred at Cedar Park Cemetery, in Emerson, New Jersey.
The Clerk's Tale Plot The Clerk's tale is about a marquis of Saluzzo in Piedmont in Italy named Walter, a bachelor who is asked by his subjects to marry to provide an heir. He assents and decides he will marry a peasant, named Griselda. Griselda is a poor girl, used to a life of pain and labour, who promises to honour Walter's wishes in all things. Griselda's child is kidnapped After Griselda has borne him a daughter, Walter decides to test her loyalty. Finally, Walter determines one last test. Prologue One of the characters created by Chaucer is the Oxford clerk, who is a student of philosophy. The narrator claims that as a student in Italy he met Francis Petrarch at Padua from whom he heard the tale. Sources The story of patient Griselda first appeared as the last chapter of Boccacio's Decameron, and it is unclear what lesson the author wanted to convey. Chaucer's intentions Given the context of the Clerk's tale, what lesson, if any, Chaucer intended remains an open guess. 
Shane Harris Shane Harris is an American journalist and author. He is Senior Intelligence and National Security Correspondent for the Daily Beast. He specializes in coverage of America's intelligence agencies. He is author of the books The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State and @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex, about the impact of cyberspace as the American military's "fifth-domain" of war. Harris is currently an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America Foundation. Career Political views Awards In 2010, Harris received the 24th annual Gerald R. Books See also References
Women redesign female characters to show what videogames are missing out on “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.” - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own When Virginia Woolf was asked to give a series of lectures on the topic of "Women and Fiction," she went straight to the library to research the state of women in literature, only to discover something odd. To sum up her findings, she asked her all-female college audience: “Have you any notion how many books are written about women in the course of one year? Have you any notion how many are written by men? h/t Tiny Cartridge