weekend links: International Women's Day, the forgotten flâneuse, prison art and writing

Crys Yin
Crys Yin

Crys Yin, Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go (2015). Image courtesy Hyperallergic.

International Women’s Day was March 8. In response, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of We Should All Be Feminists, argues that feminism should be the norm (because obviously). Then maybe we can admit that every day is women’s day. [The Guardian]

Singer-songwriter Laura Marling releases a new album today. Directed in a kind of “crass pop feminism way” and inspired by the first female psychologist, Lou Andreas-Salomé, and the story of write Rainer Marie Rilke, who was dressed as a girl until the age of eight, Semper Femina examines our relationship to masculinity and femininity. [Noisey]

If Charles Baudelaire is the ultimate flâneur, who is the picture of a flâneuse? Baudelaire in drag? In her new book Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, author Lauren Elkin gives us a look into the forgotten female flâneuses and argues for reclaiming and reshaping city spaces for women then and today. [The Atlantic]

These three short stories taken from the literary journal The Pen-City Writers—part of a creative writing project by inmates at John B. Connally Unit—give glimpses into life in a Texas prison. Deb Olin Unferth is one of our favorite writers here in Austin (her latest short story collection, Wait Till You See Me Dance, will be released by Graywolf later this month), and the work that she does with inmates is just further proof of how amazing she is as a writer and a person. [VICE]

Art programs in prison are not a new phenomena. Take a look at Camp Amache, a Japanese internment camp from World War II, and its silk screening shop and workers’ stories. [Atlas Obscura]

Crys Yin's new exhibit at Amy Lin Projects in New York explores the alienation that Asian Americans feel in the face of persistent Orientalism, in the art world and in daily life. Amy Li is one of the only Chinese gallerists in the Chinatown area, and her gallery continues to show important work in the face of spreading gentrification. [Hyperallergic]

As we become more aware of the power of protest in our current political climate, these archived images of protests in NYC may remind us that our challenges are also historical ones. [artsy]

Issue 6 featured artist Kevin McNamee-Tweed is gearing up to leave Austin. Here is one last interview with him—we wish him all the best! For more on Kevin’s life and work, pick up a copy of Issue 6. [Austin Chronicle]

SXSW is descending upon our city, and we’re having some fun this year by throwing a pre-show on Monday, March 13. Join us in a cool backyard, away from the congestion and the chaos of the city center, as we listen to some great under-the-radar local acts and a couple of Chicago’s most exciting new bands (including editor Sarah Jane Quillin’s band Heavy Dreams). No wristbands required. [Facebook]

—Katie Lauren Bruton and Sean Redmond

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