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.
Also reminded me a little of my sister, Emily's writing on dressing her daughter. Pfeifer ends with this thought:
Speaking of kids over coming obstacles, Stranger Things 2 is out on Netflix. Have you binged watched it already? What are your initial reports?
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.
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!
Cover photo: Stephen Wilkes, Nurses Quarters, from Ellis Island series