Got A Girl Crush on 25-year-old Australian Singer/Songwriter, Courtney Barnett
So you’re sitting at a bar and minding your own business and you overhear someone telling a story. Despite your best intentions to not be nosy, this person’s voice, their delivery, everything draws you in. You hear a subtle punchline in their mundale tale and before you even turn to look at their face you know you want them to be your new best friend.
No, I didn’t meet Courtney Barnett this week, but this is the best way I can describe how I felt when I discovered her unpretentiously droll music via CMJ coverage. Apparently I missed many an opportunity to see her live, delaying our inevitable bestfriendship. I’m not worried, Courtney. We’ll find each other one day.
Got a Girl Crush On: the ephemeral doodlings of Maggie Bard
Maggie Bard’s work frustrates the traditional divide between the multiplicity of the print and the singularity of the canvas. Starting with lithographic and silkscreen bases she embellishes her intricately lined, usually human figures with additional elements of collage, painting, and other techniques. Her stylized images of the human figure combine the loose biomorphism of artists like Gerhard Richter and Francis Bacon with the more rigorous line of Kalinga tattoos, quilts and other textiles, and the street artist SWOON. Indeed, if anything unites the various practices in her oeuvre it is her desire to render her subjects in distinctly linear fashion.
Got a Girl Crush On: Nadezhda Popova, 91, decorated WWII Russian bomber pilot helped chase Nazis back to Berlin with the lethal female bombers called the Night Witches.
MUST-READ obit in today’s NYT: Nadezhda Popova, 91, decorated WWII Russian bomber pilot helped chase Nazis back to Berlin with the lethal female bombers called the Night Witches. Absolutely incredible woman, pilot, heroine. “I sometimes stare into the blackness and close my eyes,” Ms. Popova said in 2010. “I can still imagine myself as a young girl, up there in my little bomber.
Got a Girl Crush: Mad Maxine, Punk Female Professional Wrestler
Even though she only wrestled in 2 matches in WWF, Max went on to breifly start her own lady wrestling troupe in the 80s. And even lesser known fact:
"She is a trained journalist with a degree from University of South Florida, Tampa. During her wrestling training period, she was editor of the Black News after infiltrating a KKK rally on freelance assignment. She became a professional wrestler in order to write a topic for her thesis paper, which was a requirement for obtaining her master’s degree. Maxine retired from professional wrestling in 1986 to return to the field of journalism." [wiki]