Through my work as a senior contributor for Bunny Magazine, an editor for The Tunnels, a writer and editor for The Lumberjack newspaper, and a contributor for Taste of Cinema, I have been able to explore literature, culture, film, and politics through my writing. Some notable pieces include: "Notes on Book Burnings," an exploration of censorship in a country under Donald Trump, and "I Wrote a Shitty Vampire Novel," a tribute to teen angst and early writing.
Challenging the male gaze: Grace Fenlason's graphic illustrations focus in on women who ignore your standards
June 17, 2017
I am sick of the male gaze. In the last couple of months, I visited many large museums and galleries including the Met, the Neue Gallerie, the MOMA, the Louvre, the Tate Modern, the Musee D’Orsay and the Pompidou. To be crass, they are all filled to the brim with naked women painted by men. I could really go the rest of my life without seeing another sculpture of a busty grecian woman or a painting of an upper class women with a sly innuendo-ridden smile.
Instead I liked the images of Mary Cassette looking at women in their details. She painted nervous fidgeting, looks of annoyance, furrowed brows. I loved Frida Kahlo’s paintings of herself featuring her killer unibrow and her heart. I like how women see themselves and see other women.
With this series, I was inspired by women I find conventionally and unconventionally beautiful as well as women that inspired me for both positive and negative reasons. Women like Winona Ryder, Rihanna and Solange were the pop culture influencers of my childhood and continue to do so in my adulthood.
Also, a lot of people ask why I only draw the eyebrows. The answer is two-fold. Eyebrows are having a moment right now and I love celebrating that. They simultaneously are completely useless and change the whole structure of our faces. They have so much power, I love it. The second reason is that sometimes I don’t want to draw eyes.
I, in essence, create my own Paint By Numbers and then delight in coloring it. I don’t think much of my own technique because it isn’t especially unique or intricate but I do like to use bright vibrant color. I admire many artists that can use the subtly of shadows but I can also appreciate the flat pop my illustrations create.
March 17, 2017
Hannah writhes on the floor of a hotel room, high on opium and upset her parents have financially cut her off. “I don't want to freak you out, but I think that I may be the voice of my generation,” she whines. “Or at least, a voice of a generation.”
This scene is during the first episode of the HBO show Girls, starring and created by the controversial Lena Dunham. It premiered April 2012.
The Hannah we first meet is fired from her internship, half-heartedly listening to her best friend Marnie’s relationship problems, and totally under the spell of Adam, who has no interest in a relationship with her. In the pilot episode, Hannah is a relatable mess, barely in control of herself or the world around her.
January 4, 2017
As Trump was elected, I thought about book burnings. Of course I thought about myself as a woman, and I also thought about my friends as documented and undocumented immigrants, women, queer people, people of color, etc. But in the end, my mind came back to book burnings. Censorship, more than just in the form of book burning, is a culturally destructive process. Although it is not the greatest threat, I worry about book burnings.
September 8, 2016
However, for all the great Johnny Depp movies, there are just as many terrible ones. For every “Ed Wood” (1994) and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” (1993) there’s a “Transcendence” (2014) or “The Tourist” (2010), and for every “Edward Scissorhands” (1990) there’s a “Dark Shadows” (2012). And of course, for every first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, there is a fourth (and maybe a fifth).
May 26, 2016
Marked by rebellion and youthful idealism, the French New Wave movement of the 1950s and 60s is arguably one of the most influential and radical times in cinema history. French New Wave was marked by the genius of directors like Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, and was arguably at its height with films like “The 400 Blows” (1959) and “Breathless” (1960).
October 28, 2016
Female friendships aren’t all Mean Girls but they aren’t exactly Thelma and Louise either. They aren’t as vanilla as Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but not as dramatic as Heavenly Creatures. However, the relationships of girlhood are both supremely important and intensely passionate. They aren’t one thing, and Elena Ferrante admits this. This book is so beautiful because Ferrante lets you know that the most significant and important relationship in your life does not have to be a romantic one.
August 27, 2016
But louder than the criticism was love. Fans everywhere — including my parents, my friends, my neighbors and myself — cried, cheered and praised this book and the three others coming out in September. Standing in a crowded bookstore — a usually empty bookstore — watching people of all ages relive the Potter world again made me feel like that little kid who would draw a lightning bolt on her head when she was sad or scared.
May 18, 2016
Wes Anderson made his first movie, “Bottle Rocket”, with Luke and Owen Wilson in 1996. It was the debut of both Anderson’s directorial style and the acting careers of the Wilson brothers. The film flopped but still earned some critical praise. In an episode of “Roger Ebert & the Movies”, “Bottle Rocket” was named by director Martin Scorsese as one of his top 10 favorite movies of the 90s.
October 5, 2016
It’s similar to reading one’s own diary. At the time, you felt like this would be so profound and would change the way people thought about things. But of course it’s absolute rubbish. My own diary only chronicled what white-bread teenage boy I was in love with that week or how much I secretly hated my friends, and served as a sounding board to complain about how mundane my little life was. This was somehow a little more personal.
August 2, 2016
The famed but controversial director also has a knack for creating some of his worst in-between producing some of his best. “Blue Jasmine” (2013), probably the best among his newer films, is sandwiched by “To Rome With Love” (2012) and “Magic in the Moonlight” (2014), which are some of his worst. While “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy” (1982) is one of Allen’s least beloved, it is bookended by two of his most, “Stardust Memories” (1980) and “Zelig” (1983).
February 16, 2015
The media has been more inclined to write about the perpetrators instead of the victims. It tends to talk about how gruesome the death was instead of recognizing the life of the person who was lost. When this occurs, the media becomes nothing but advertisements of murders. This makes killers famous and shames victims by ignoring them. I have seen this in full effect for ISIS.