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Article written by Priscilla Frank, Arts Writer, The Huffington Post
It would be nice if all of our passions corresponded neatly with our ideals. Then all of our convictions, rituals, turn ons and hobbies could fit easily into a single, orderly box, with no stray quirks or preferences. Alas, life is sloppy and complex and so are we. As a result, sometimes our beliefs and our interests can butt heads, leading to an internal struggle that’s hard to qualify and comprehend.
The above quote is the first paragraph in Priscilla Frank’s story about a woman who, like myself, bears a deep and substantial conflict of interests – an unabiding respect, love, and commitment for her womanly, feminine self in complete contradiction to the pleasure she derives from rap music that contains highly mysnogistic lyrics. Ms. Frank offers [and I greedily accept!] the best explanation of why internal conflicts with external interests are not only possible, but are an expected and acceptable consequence of living as a feminist woman in America circa 2016.
This is quite a collection of books!
I am lucky to have been provided ARCs of several of these books, which I immediately devoured! My two favorite reads (thus far) on this list are The Girls by Emma Cline (spine-tingling take on wanting to belong and teenage girl fascination with sexuality) and Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn (beautiful prose about ugly reality of lack of viable life choices available to women in idyllic vacation spots).
As I read this lovely tribute to Zaha Hadid, an amazing architectural visionary who recently passed away, I became lost in emotion as a sense of her innate grace and joyful spirit reverberated through me. Prior to reading this article, I had no awareness of Ms. Hadid, the structures and forms she created, or her philosophies about life or architecture. Such a heartfelt in memoriam is only possible when a beautiful soul has deeply affected those whom it encountered in a meaningful and lasting way.
L. FRANK BAUM was an American author of more than 70 children’s books. His most well-known book is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Born in New York in 1856, he moved to South Dakota in 1888. When his newspaper there failed, he moved to Illinois and found work as a journalist. His first children’s book, Mother Goose in Prose (1897), was followed by Father Goose: His Book, an immediate bestseller.
“It is a complete surrender of love and an inexplicable combination of happiness, joy and fear.” Sora Ceballos-Lopez (IG @soraceballos)