HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PENELOPE!

Crete | 2017

Mill Valley | 2015

Te quiero mucho! ♥

TELL THE TRUTH

Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —

Emily Dickinson

A BRIEF HISTORY OF BULLYING WOMEN INTO HAVING BABIES

As a surge of immigrants arrived at Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, President Theodore Roosevelt—a progressive Republican who loved scolding women almost as much as he loved big government—began publicly chiding white American women for not breeding fast, or often, enough to outpace the newcomers. “The chief of blessings for any nation is that it shall leave its seed to inherit the land,” proclaimed Roosevelt in a 1910 speech. “The greatest of all curses is in the curse of sterility, and the severest of all condemnations should be that visited upon willful sterility.” In a 1905 speech before the National Congress of Mothers, an association of parents, teachers, and educational workers, Roosevelt had even accused married couples who bore no more than two children of hastening their own “race suicide”—a term coined by sociologist Edward A. Ross in 1901, and still in use by white supremacists today.

Read the entire piece here.

You know who you are.

WHEN RAP SPOKE STRAIGHT TO GOD | ERICA DAWSON

EXTRAORDINARY!

Joan Didion’s Hands | New York, 2005

photograph | Albert Watson

WHO IS MARIAH GLADSTONE?

HASTA LUEGO, NUEVA YORK

Pronto!

HADESTOWN

A musical that combines the love stories of Hades + Persephone and Orpheus + Eurydice. Wonderful performances, lots of funny moments and a wild and crazy audience that erupted after every single song.

GLENDA JACKSON AS KING LEAR

Let me just start by saying WTF! Why didn’t Glenda Jackson receive a Tony nom for her singular and stellar role as King Lear in Sam Gold’s version? I guess they want Elain May to win for the Waverly Inn and I get that, but still! Nominate! Not that Jackson would give two fiddles, but still!

It’s a very limited run. It’s a small theatre (the Cort) and it’s a nearly 4-hour theatrical commitment, but it’s a MUST. Elizabeth Marvel as Goneril . . . BEAUTIFUL. Pedro Pascal as villainous Edmund, funny. And Ruth Wilson as Cordelia and the Fool, a total delight!

Grateful for my New York City.