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SXSW Film: <em>The Dish and the Spoon</em>

Alison Bagnall's The Dish and the Spoon opens with Rose (Greta Gerwig) despondently crying as she drives to the beach—clad in pajama bottoms, a boxy coat, and knit cap—after discovering her husband's infidelity. Taking refuge from the winter air in a WWII watchtower, she discovers a young British drifter (Olly Alexander) shivering inside.

<em>The Hunger Games</em> Film Whitens its Warrior

Like many connoisseurs of young adult lit, I've been excited and wary about the upcoming film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. On Friday, I greeted the news that Jennifer Lawrence had nabbed the part of protagonist Katniss with nothing but dismay. Now, I didn't like Winter's Bone as much as many seemed to, but Lawrence's performance was powerful, and I'm sure...

No Kidding: Are Childfree People Angry?

As a childfree person, I feel like I often have to defend against the stereotype that childfree people hate children. Based on the comments from my last post about being a childfree person who actually likes kids, it's clear that this still surprises people, no matter how many nice intentionally childless folks they meet. Since I'm also vegan, I'm sort of used to people acting surprised when I...

Bitchtapes: SXSW 2011 pt. 2

Wrapping up a week of sun, fun, and rocking out, here's another compilation of just a handful of performers at this year's SXSW! Stay tuned for more music, film, and interactive coverage, and thanks to Austin locals Sara Reihani and Alyx Vesey for their great recommendations! Track list after the jump.

On Our Radar

Meanwhile, in the land of blogdom...

  • Tiger Beatdown's Garland Grey reports from SXSW!
  • On Salon, Bitch contributor Page McBee talks about not fitting into the gender binary.
  • At Racialicious and Bold as Love, Rob Fields explores the limited film-buzz surrounding I Will Follow.
  • Ms. and AlterNet look at how budget cuts could affect HIV-positive women...

Sm{art}: Geppetta: Puppetry as Resistance

If Frida Kahlo's painted figures and Marcel Dzama's illustrations were lifted off the canvas and brought to life in a seance performance, their stories and gestures would surely resemble the performative cabaret work of Geppetta. Philedelphia-based queer fabulist Adelaide Windsome is a multimedia puppeteer who explores mental health, identity and survival through the fantastic.

The Games We Play: Playing with Anna Collier

I wanted to make sure that my voice wasn't the only one droning at you during this series, so I bestowed some fangirl love upon some prominent pro-gamers in exchange for interviews. I was really honored that Anna Collier, one of the most well-known in the field agreed to humor me.

Douchebag Decree: FalseFlesh

Have you ever thought about Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, naked? Well, he might be thinking about you naked, and FalseFlesh wants to help him with his dreams. If his dreams are to look at your naked body without your permission. There's an app for that! (Links after the jump are potentially NSFW)

No Kidding: On Being Childfree and Really Liking Kids

Since I've pretty much always known I didn't want to have kids, this has come up for me a lot over the years—specifically when talking to people who also like kids but don't want to have their own. In my personal and professional life, I've met daycare staffers and school teachers who, like me (only to a greater extent), totally dig children but want to work with them, not give birth to and...

The Games We Play: Pwn Anonymous, with Love

You can't see me! Ha!

The Age of the Internet has brought many advances in the way that we play games. It usually breaks down into three categories, and I like to chunk things neatly for the sake of paragraphs. The Internet has brought we the gamers The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. The Good is that it has opened up a whole world where we can interact with other game...