Weekly Culture Roundup: Halloween Edition

Weekly Culture Roundup: Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween!  This week, some culture with a darker directions...

I loved this NYTimes piece about a mother who's trying to come to terms with her daughter's princess obsession, which is evidenced by a her Halloween costumes each year.  Ironically, mom (Annie Pfeifer) is a professor who specializes in teaching lit courses on fairy tales.  She goes into detail about how many of the fairy tales that are popular in our culture (Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood) had entirely different endings before the Grimms "rewrote [them] to reinforce patriarchal gender norms."  Jerks!  Made me want to read some of the originals.  

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Also reminded me a little of my sister, Emily's writing on dressing her daughter.  Pfeifer ends with this thought:

The solution isn’t in telling my daughter what to wear, or what to read, but in giving her a range of stories that she can play with, and in, as she wishes. One of the core values of fairy tales, wrote the psychoanalyst Bruno Bettelheim, was that they empowered children to think for themselves and overcome obstacles on their own (hence the many dead, absent or negligent parents).
— NYTimes, Annie Pfiefer, Let It Go: Making Peace with Princesses

Speaking of kids over coming obstacles, Stranger Things 2 is out on Netflix.  Have you binged watched it already?  What are your initial reports?

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In case you're not fully spooked, look at these great lists of creepy reads!

2017's best thrillers, according to Marisha Pessl (author of one of my fave books, Special Topics in Calamity Physics)

The best true crime stories of all time, according to Marilyn Stasio, NYTimes Crimes Columnist for the Book Review.

I just finished The Grip of It by Jac Jemc and I'm having trouble sleeping, thanks Lindsay!  

In other thrills, check out The Cut's list of the best faux-leather jackets.  Such a great selection!  I love this one.  Would Jessie approve?

 BDG Faux Leather Moto Jacket$119, Urban Outfitters

BDG Faux Leather Moto Jacket$119, Urban Outfitters

Finally, Julien Baker's new album, Turn Out the Lights, is getting rave reviews.  Her songs are sad and dark.  Perfect for gloomy fall listenings.  And this video is haunting.

Have a spooktacular Halloween, mom!  

Stay ghoul.

 

 

Cover photo: Stephen Wilkes, Nurses Quarters, from Ellis Island series

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