Benoît Comeau

 

Just a bunch of random websites about people and places that have caught my eye:

— Pascale Bellot (bio):
Pascale Bellot's paintings take me back to memories of 'core' Montreal where I roamed freely as a child of Outremont.

— Antonia Crane: From Stripping To Writing
Antonia Crane Official Website
◊ Found on the NYTimes.com: Stop Stealing From Strippers

— Henry Giroux (bio):
Henry Giroux's rural landscapes are alive with colour and evoque a longing for natutal settings.

— Museum Art From Around The World:
Google Cultural Institute

— Maria Popova, who bills herself as "a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large".
Brain Pickings

— Pamela Smart: Guilty or Railroaded?
Pamela Smart Official Website

BUST Magazine

Jennifer Sky On The Horrors Of Modeling And The Triumphs Of Acting

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To be able to be a woman and kick butt on a national show makes you a role model to all young women.

Jezebel

Former Xena Actress Thinks Modeling is Worse Than Acting

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Though modeling and acting are often considered similarly judgmental industries because of their dependence on young hotties, as Sky writes for the New York Times, the big difference between the two professions "is that actors have a union and models do not."

Slate

The Problem With Warrior Princesses

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It was inspiring to read about, too. "Gender was not relevant in the Xenaverse," Sky continues. "There, a girl or a boy could be a warlord or a farmer, a bard or a sad sack needing protection." She describes how her character "kicked butt I hung with a Christ figure called Eli; I had a same-sex lover and a boyfriend of a different race than mine; I threw bombs and walked along high wires."

A pause for you to scan these images into the mental file you keep for pumping yourself up while jogging.

The New York Times

Letter to the Editor: Exploitation of Models

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So long as modeling agencies hide behind the pretext that models are independent contractors rather than employees, models cant successfully unionize.

Zola Books

Zola asked 11 authors, critics, and bloggers for the one booknew or oldthey vow to read in 2013.

See the full list.

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

by Philip Pullman

"Ever since I fell in love with Angela Carter's 'The Snow Child'her recreation of 'Snow White'I have been a huge fan of the redux of traditional tales. I have found that with Carter's stories she often pushes the boundaries of the feminist perspective through erotically macabre themes, something I happen to be interested in within my own work. Pullman is also a fan of turning an old, known tale into a new genre-bending retelling. His bestselling series His Dark Materials, a reimagining of Milton's Paradise Lost, was so extraordinary that even though I read it many years ago it continues to be my favorite book series to date. Yet, with his Brothers Grimm, I have heard that Pullman chose to stick very closely to original Grimm tales, just cleaning up the translation here, adding a story element there. Even so, Im sure his work will be as compelling as ever. The only reason I have not been able to read it yet is because of work at the wonderful new literary magazine One Teen Story along with being in graduate school." JENNIFER SKY, One Teen Story Contributing Editor

LaStampa.it

Jennifer, la modella che vive di Obamacare

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Prendiamo la storia di Jennifer Sky, una che senza la riforma sanitaria di Obama a questo punto sarebbe forse morta. Modella, attrice, bella come il sole, laureata alluniversit, sposata, piena di amici, contatti e dollari. Tutte le porte aperte, socia a pieno titolo del club dell1%, quello degli americani privilegiati, che ha scatenato le ire di Occupy Wall Street. Eppure anche lei ha rischiato di essere stritolata dagli ingranaggi della sanit americana, se non fosse passata la Obamacare, e sarebbe stata condannata a morte, se la Corte Suprema avesse abolito la riforma.

Nerve.com

Maxim cover girl wants you to support Obamacare today
November 2, 2010

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The actress and model Jennifer Sky had to give up her career several years ago because of a crippling illness, but now she's back on our radar... and we can all thank the President. The former Maxim and Stuff cover girl says she was denied insurance for years due to "pre-existing conditions," but the recent health-insurance bill trumpeted by Barack Obama saved her.

Maxim

Girls of Maxim: Jennifer Sky

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"Once, when I was in a bar in Utah, my girlfriend was on this skiing simulator machine, just sloshing herself back and forth, and these big, meatheady guys were making all these rude comments about her ass and stuff. So I felt inclined to stand up for her, and I ended up almost getting into a fistfight with these morons. And then the bartender threw me out. Not these guys, but me!"