In the Media: 5th April 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.

As In the Media seems to be growing by the week, I’ve divided it into more categories. Comments welcome on what you think of the change and whether you’d prefer different/more section headings.

The big news this week is the launch of The Pool, a free, online resource written by women, for women. Writer and broadcaster, Lauren Laverne and writer and former Red magazine editor, Sam Baker are the women behind it, The Guardian ran a piece about the site earlier in the week. ‘Drops’ of content are released during the day; each piece tells you approximately how long it will take you to read/listen to/watch, and you can search by content or by time if you’ve only got a few minutes.  You can also sign up for an account which allows you to save articles to your ‘scrapbook’ either to read later or refer back to.

I’ve dipped in a few times this week and I love it; it’s clearly organised with some great contributors. My picks so far would be the book section (of course), where you can read the opening of Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Girl and the opening of Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum. There’s also an interview with Essbaum and 10 Things You Need to Know About Anne Tyler as well as an article by Baker about why good books often end up making bad films.

Elsewhere on the site, I’ve enjoyed Sam Baker’s ‘Does this mean I’m not allowed to be a LEGO any more?‘; Lauren Laverne’s blog, ‘Is being a teenager harder than ever before?‘; Sali Hughes’ ‘Why every woman needs a solo playdate‘ and ‘Is it ever OK to commit liticide?‘ (although I winced through the whole of that one); Holly Smale’s ‘Why can’t we just get over Cinderella?‘; Gaby Hinsliff’s ‘What would happen if men didn’t have the vote?‘; Stacey Duguid’s ‘Flares if you care‘ where Duguid goes around high street shops trying flares on like you do when you’re shopping (as opposed to raiding the magazine’s fashion cupboard); an extract from Lynsey Addario’s It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, and Laurene Laverne’s interviews with Caitlin Moran and Kim Gordon.

In Harper Lee news, ‘Harper Lee elder abuse allegations declared ‘unfounded’ by Alabama‘ says The Guardian.

The best of the rest:

On or about books/writers:

Personal essays/memoir:

Feminism:

Society:

Music:

The interviews:

If you want some fiction to read:

Photograph by Jane Feng

 

If you want some poetry to read:

If you want some non-fiction to read:

The lists:

0 thoughts on “In the Media: 5th April 2015

  1. Reblogged this on Cath Bore and commented:
    So pleased my “In Defence of the Smash Hits Centrefold” piece is included in The Writes of Woman’s weekly round up of women writing and featuring In the Media:

  2. Just a quick comment! molt shed is from Vagabond City, not The Fem. Also, Susannah’s name is spelled with an “s,” not a “z.” Regardless, thank you SO much for featuring two of our works!

  3. Reblogged this on Trish Hopkinson and commented:
    Bib thanks to Naomi Frisby from The Writes of Woman blog for including my interview with The Fem in her roundup this week! Definitely take a few minutes to check out some of the amazing writers on this list and read their work.

  4. So excited to have discovered this blog! Thank you so much for including my interview with The Fem in your list. Some amazing writers here!

  5. Brilliant! More and more marvellous pieces to read (and now the writers are noticing you!) Sometimes it takes me a few days to get through it all, snatching time here and there; at other times I’ll get lost for a couple of hours – but every week I took forward to it, marking it to return to it again and again. Yay, thank you to Frizbot for spending so much of your time curating this wonderful collection of readables to get me through the week. X