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RIP Adrienne Rich
The pioneering feminist poet Adrienne Rich died last week at the age of 82. Her poems were treasured by thousands of ordinary women, many of whom had not studied literature or poetry. As the New Yorker put it, "The ringing, defiant poetry of Adrienne Rich. . . articulated the frustrations of women who came of age along clipped paths in the nineteen-forties and fifties, only to discover in the sixties and seventies the extent of their longing to tear up the grass. " She wrote about the horrors of domestic confinement and the kind of woman "who shaves her legs until they gleam/ like petrified mammothtusk". After Rich died, she began to trend on twitter, and this brought a whole new readership to her passionate verse: You're wondering if I'm lonely: OK then, yes, I'm lonely as a plane rides lonely and level on its radio beam, aiming across the Rockies for the blue-strung aisles of an airfield on the ocean. You want to ask, am I lonely? Well, of course, lonely as a woman driving across country day after day, leaving behind mile after mile little towns she might have stopped and lived and died in, lonely
New, Unimproved Titanic
Some cuss it out as sentimentalism on steroids, but its fans consider it the most perfect film ever made. The Titanic's perfectionist director James Cameron has his own demons. In the years since the blockbuster released in 1997, he has become increasingly obsessed with the "unsinkable ship", diving to the wreck in the North Atlantic 33 times in a submersible, to study how the real thing compared to his film creation. "We found places that the set was wrong, little bit, you know, this was wrong, that was wrong. There was glass missing from a door. I thought I'd thought about everything about Titanic, " he moaned. Now, 15 years later, while working on a remastered 3-D version - a laborious process he called "horrific" and "mind-numbing" - Cameron restrained the urge to correct those doors and kept to the original frames. "There was a moment when I thought, fleetingly, I could correct the film and actually have it match what the Titanic really looked like, " he said. "Another part of my mind said, no, then you're going be a nutter standing on the street corner babbling away. Didn't change a frame. The ship still sinks. Jack still dies. " And the heart is still going on.
Goodbye, Ruby Mondays
Veteran vegetarian Paul Mccartney has joined forces with his two daughters to pen a new cookbook. Together with designer Stella and photographer Mary, the legendary Beatle has decided to publish the family's favourite recipes as part of their Meat Free Monday movement. The campaign - a response to a UN report that the livestock industry as a whole is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the whole of the transport sector put together - encourages meat eaters to cut animals out of their diet once a week. The Meat Free Monday Cookbook, which contains 52 menu ideas ranging from stews to salads, also features contributions from fellow health-conscious and environmentally friendly celebrities like the singer Pink, actors Kevin Spacey and Woody Harrelson and British fashion icon Vivienne Westwood. "The idea of one meat-free day per week is something that many people find do-able and something that can be achieved relatively easily, " Sir Paul said. "Having been a vegetarian for over 30 years, I find it very simple and in fact, tasty and most enjoyable. " Bok choy in oyster sauce, anyone?
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