I am not a Modern Art type of a girl, at least not usually. But after a visit to the Hirshhorn Gallery and National GallDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley
I am not a Modern Art type of a girl, at least not usually. But after a visit to the Hirshhorn Gallery and National Gallery, I appreciate some of it. Not all of it, so if you want a detailed review of this book that will talk about art criticism and what not, sorry can’t do it for you.
Palmedo’s book divides sculpture into different aspects. These aspects include not only material and nature, but also the idea of movement as shown in the art. The use of these chapters actually makes it easier for the modern art newbie, such as me, to not only follow along but to understand the development of modern sculpture. The nature section is in particular awe inspiring in terms of the work showcased.
The pictures and artists that Palmedo uses seem to be varied enough for artists that even I recognized, Warhol; to those that I didn’t, such as all the artists in the nature section. All in all this is a good introduction. ...more
**spoiler alert** I'm not into dino porn or whatever. My mind works in the "yeah, but it wouldn't fit" type of line. Honestly, I'm the one watching a**spoiler alert** I'm not into dino porn or whatever. My mind works in the "yeah, but it wouldn't fit" type of line. Honestly, I'm the one watching a movie and wondering why no one ever really needs to go to the bathroom. Honestly, did you ever see one in Star Wars? No wonder the Sith wanted to take over the universe'; they must have wanted plumbing.
So I read this because I'm in that silly mood where you want to read something stupid and bad that will make you laugh and there isn't a Resident Evil movie on.
The thing is, there is a fine, thin line between what is erotic and what is porn, at least for me. Yes, yes, I know erotica is for women, porn is for men - and please introduce me to someone who actually believes that.
This is porn, and not because it really doesn't have a plot. As the author says in the blurb, and she is quite upfront about it, there isn't one. So I knew going in what it was, but I was thinking maybe it will be so bad it will be funny. And the blurb mentioned a strong woman who didn't take shit, so I figured why not.
Then I started reading it. It started out promising, I suppose. Donna is a very active woman who isn't frightened to go after what she wants, even at 20,000 feet. But then the words "shaved pussy".
Not trimmed, but shaved. Let's leave aside the whole embracing woman for being woman thing. Do you know where the whole idea of a shaved vagina started? To imply that a woman in a porn movie was not, in fact, a woman, but an under aged teen. Legal woman with the appearance of a teen.
So, for me, shaved pussy is too closely linked to child abuse and rape to be anything erotic, funny or hot.
And that raises these further thoughts. It's great that our culture (at least in certain parts of the world) is starting to allow or embrace woman’s sexuality. Honestly, I have lost track of how many times I have seen a 50 Shades of Grey book being read by someone on public transportation. Yet, are we really embracing or allowing woman’s sexuality if it is really by terms other than the woman? In other words, are works such as this or 50 Shades, really about a woman and her sexual side OR about what a man thinks a woman’s sexual side is? (Or even about what women should believe a man’s sexual side is?) And there are writers, or at least stories that do this from the mass market success of Jacqueline Carey to the Amazon Independent kindle books such as the one about the woman and the brothers with Harleys. It just seems the other shit, the shit that advertises as woman oriented by seems frat boyish is far more numerous.
I’m not suggesting censorship because, just no. But shouldn’t the market demand better? Shouldn’t women demand better? ...more
This was a surprise because it was somewhat sweet. It also seems to be a parody . I mean, the commanding officer is General Horace Steele (who I wi2.5
This was a surprise because it was somewhat sweet. It also seems to be a parody . I mean, the commanding officer is General Horace Steele (who I will admit at one point seems to have more two hands, though he doesn't do anything interesting with them). And c'mon, whose name is really Randy Dangle?
Though there are some funny lines "his smooth face was bright and eager to serve his commanding office" or "He began to feel a tingle in his trousers".
**spoiler alert** It's not ick bad. It's just, well, a riff on "Beauty and the Beast" and Stockholm syndrome. And he goes from being her step-brother**spoiler alert** It's not ick bad. It's just, well, a riff on "Beauty and the Beast" and Stockholm syndrome. And he goes from being her step-brother to her half-brother for no reason. And it isn't really romantic.
So the highlights, so you don't have to read it
1. She calls her mother Emma. Not mom or anything.
2. '"Bye Anna," they shouted back, voices tired and slurred with a mixture of exhaust and sleepiness. ' Car fumes will do that to you.
3. "and glass windows lined with expensive portraits and stuffed heads of animals, most probably alive at some point in the not so distant past" That's a difference in taste; most people put such things on walls. And at least the animals are dead now, I think.
4. "for slabs of moonlight entering through the large glass windows" - wouldn't that ruin the animals?
5. "Anna never knew why Jack, her stepfather, had kept this old piece of machinery when newer models were loitering the market and new ones were practically being produced every day." Apparently Anna does not know about antiques and is surprised that clocks are still made. Not to mention, I didn't know that clocks loitered.
6."Jack had a son from a previous marriage, Nathan" - I didn't know people named their marriages.
7. "a trick played by her brain with the dark" - I will admit it is a problem when your brain leaves your skull and hangs out with the dark . It's also sad that the house you live in and this stuffed with people is apparently empty all of a sudden.
8. "Her breath was coming in gasps and her feet were shaking life it suddenly dropped below freezing point"
9. The place where previously Nathan was, now stood a huge bear, his jaws exposed, moon light gleaming in his eye . . . bearing his teeth" I think that last bit was supposed to be a pun, but after the teeth mooned her, I just don't know.
10. "Maybe the woods didn't have a comfortable bed" - well, it is the woods, not the Four Seasons.
11. "He chuckled. She sweat". I just got dumber.
12. " 'I' she stared but he cut her". How does one stare an I?
13. A room suddenly becomes a hall.
14. And then suddenly her half-brother (who is also the step-brother?) becomes her captive somehow....more