Songs of Resistance
Violent storm clouds and blistering winds gathered around Germaine Sablon. As her silk scarf wavered in the wind, she clenched her fists to the sky and sang, “Ce soir l’ennemi connaîtra la prix du sang et des larmes.” Tonight, the enemy will know the price of our blood and tears.
Let’s Stop Romanticizing Mr. Darcy When There Are Way Better Options in Literature
Question: What’s more attractive than an intelligent, compassionate, rugged Professor, who has tumbling brown hair, cares for orphans, and loves to hear about your work? Answer: A rich, rude snob, who despises dancing, scoffs at your family, and calls you “tolerable, but not handsome enough,” behind your back.
Confronting Memories of Nazi-Occupied France
Early last year, France opened its WWII police archives for the first time. More than 200,000 documents, formerly available only to select scholars and officials, became open to the public after 76 years of secrecy.
Watch this New Series Showing the Ordinary and Extraordinary Lives of Muslim New Yorkers
Published February 23, 2017 on Philanthropy New York | By Clare Church Imam Khalid Latif urged his wife not to get off the plane with him on the way to their honeymoon in St. Lucia. “You don’t want to go through this,” he pleaded. Latif, on previous occasions, had been stopped for random checks; escorted…
The Feud Between the Millionaire and the ‘King of the Hoboes’
Published January 4, 2017 on Bedford + Bowery | By Clare Church Heckles and howls echoed through the meeting rooms of 64 East 4th Street on February 1, 1913. “Down with How and his postage stamp philanthropy!” yelled Jeff Davis, the self-proclaimed King of the Hoboes. “He has never given us any of his mythical millions!” Davis further…
So you want to move to Canada, eh?
Published March 7, 2016 on the Journal of Political Inquiry | By Clare Church Well, well, well. How the tables have turned. It was only last month that I was still getting a constant barrage of “You’re Canadian?! That’s so cute!” or “You say ‘about’ funny!” or even better, “Is Canada even a real country?”…
Backstage at a Fest That’s ‘Experimenting With the Idea of Experimental Theater’
Published January 27, 2016 on Bedford + Bowery | By Clare Church and Esme Montgomery Last week, we gave you the heads up about Exponential Festival, a cavalcade of local productions that are “all experimental and strange in nature, but in a way that’s experimenting with the idea of experimental theater,” according to founder Theresa Buchheister.…
Barbie’s New Campaign May Be Missing the Point
Published December 15, 2015 on Women Across Frontiers | By Clare Church NEW YORK — Imagine a Barbie who sports red sneakers instead of stilettos, wears a utility belt instead of a purse and vows to save the world instead of being a damsel in distress. On October 8, DC Comics and Mattel, multinational toy company…
What the sponsors of the Global Citizen Conference forgot to mention
Published October 5, 2016 on the Journal of Political Inquiry | By Clare Church 60,000 fans waved their smartphones in the air as Beyoncé joined Eddie Vedder to close the Global Citizen Conference last weekend in New York with Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” What the socially-conscious fans probably didn’t know is that to supply the minerals…
El Camino de Santiago – Frances
Published September 5, 2014 – September 17, 2017 on Track My Tour | By Clare Church In September and October, 2014, I embarked on El Camino de Santiago – Frances, a 791 kilometer hike across France and northern Spain. I wrote exactly 100 blog posts, hosted on Track My Tour.