weekend links: isolationism, female bachelors, the American/Mexican border

Guillermo Galindo
Guillermo Galindo

Guillermo Galindo, Multiple Targets (2013). Image appears courtesy of New Republic.

Many Americans proclaim individualism and self-reliance as healthy traits to strive for. But is this a natural way for a person, or country, to live? Rebecca Solnit turns her critical eye to the subject as we adjust to our increasingly disconnected world. [Harper's]

As marriage becomes increasingly irrelevant to today’s women, how will authors get away from using it as a crutch for novelistic structure? Behold the “Female Bachelor,” a new brand of single woman in literature, and the dissolution of marriage as a steadfast plot point. [The Point]

American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo produce a blindingly beautiful, and human, portrayal of the American/Mexican Border. Through their work, they show the deathly history of a wall that has been at the center of the American ethos for decades. [New Republic]

Last year’s movie Stonewall was widely panned due to its apparent whitewashing and erasure of trans characters. In a new interview with the director, he still insists it was a “white event.” [Huffington Post]

Margaret Atwood fans, rejoice: Netflix just announced their planned adaptation of Atwood’s novel Alias Grace, directed by Mary Harron. [Electric Literature]

—Samuel Hersh