In the Media: 22nd February 2015

In the media is a weekly round-up of features written by, about or containing female writers that have appeared during the previous week and I think are insightful, interesting and/or thought provoking. Linking to them is not necessarily a sign that I agree with everything that’s said but it’s definitely an indication that they’ve made me think. Also, just a note to make it clear that I’m using the term ‘media’ to include social media, so links to blog posts as well as traditional media are likely.

Much introspection or writing about introspection this week; Emily Landau wrote about ‘My Prescribed Life‘ in The Walrus; Jo Milne had extracts from her book Breaking the Silence, about hearing for the first time, published in the Daily Mail; Emer O’Toole discussed ‘Ten things feminism has ruined for me‘ in The Guardian; Steph wrote ‘The hijab (and page 3)‘ on her blog Reimagining My Reality’ Amber Sparks wrote, ‘What Work Is and Why It Matters: Mourning Philip Levine‘ on Real Pants; Mary Elizabeth Williams wrote ‘I gave up social media for Lent‘ on Salon; Rebecca Scherm wrote ‘Charm School‘ in The Toast, while Rhiann Sasseen wrote, ‘She wants to be alone‘ for Aeon and Zadie Smith wrote ‘Life Writing‘ on keeping a diary for Rookie.

Fifty Shades of Grey continues to inspire articles, Roxane Gay wrote ‘A Few Thoughts On Fifty Shades of Grey‘ in The Butter; E.J. Dickinson wrote ‘Why “Fifty Shades of Grey” is actually good for women on Salon; Zoe Margolis wrote, ‘50 Shades of Grey: a film about male power, idealising emotional abuse as sexy when it isn’t‘ for the New Statesman, while Laurie Penny wrote, ‘Fifty Shades of Socialist Feminism‘ on her blog. Harper Lee’s forthcoming novel is also remains a talking point; The Washington Post ran Neely Tucker’s, ‘To shill a mockingbird: How a manuscript’s discovery became Harper Lee’s ‘new’ novel‘; Sam Tanenhaus wrote, ‘Why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Won’t Die‘ on Bloomberg View and The New Yorker, Casey N. Cep’s ‘Harper Lee and the Mysteries of Monroeville‘.

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And the woman with the most coverage this week (making the most waves?) is Antonia Honeywell whose novel The Ship launched on Thursday. She had an exclusive short story published in the Sunday Express, ‘Goldfish Memories‘; she’s been interviewed by the Curtis Brown Book Group, on Rachel Connor’s blog, on Rebecca Mascull’s blog and on this very blog, and she’s discussed ‘Why I Wrote The Ship‘ on the W&N blog. All of that while all of this was going on, ‘Things you can’t say on Twitter‘ published on her website. If that’s floated your boat (fnar), you can read the opening of The Ship on the Orion Books’ website.

The best of the rest articles/essays:

(Photograph by Myra Klarman)

The interviews:

If you want some fiction/poetry to read:

Or some non-fiction:

The lists:

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