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Kathryn McGowan
Attended Shirley Ehrenkranz School of Social Work at New York University
Lives in Brooklyn, New York
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OK, no excuse graphic novelists. Here are loads of women in "reasonable armor" who would likely kick your a** if you try to objectify them.
 
Here you go +Gavin Bisesi, my album of Women in Reasonable Armor. ^_^
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This sounds really cool. An over 10K (and growing) email list where each day everyone is put into a lottery and one person is chosen. That person has three days to compose an email to the list on any topic they choose. No one is allowed to respond to the list. The sender can withhold or include their email address on the message as they wish (I assume this is to enable private replies). I just signed up and can't wait for the first email. If you could talk to a million people what would you say?
If you had the chance to speak to a million people, what would you say?
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I'm at Brooklyn Beefsteak at The Bell House in Gowanus. Munching on pickles and drinking beer, waiting for BEEF!
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A lovely baby-free day so far: Bought a new purse on sale at Lord & Taylor; now a Cuban sandwich and a mojito for lunch; then maybe a movie. Ahhhhh!
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Today's mondegreen: I walked past the radio while it was playing Roll Over Beethoven and I thought the lyrics were "Run out potato man."
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Hey, today is the feast day of St. Isidore of Seville, patron saint of the Internet. Really!
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Nuh uh! It's the Archangel Gabriel, and we had that spacey new-age artwork in the Panix office to prove it!
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You know how they say when you drop a piece of buttered toast it always lands butter-side down? Well, the same rule goes for poopy diapers :-|
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RIP Dietrich Fischer-Diskau.
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Any Cuban restaurant that puts an actual chunk of sugar cane in my mojito and serves house made plantain chips with their Cuban sandwiches is OK by me!
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Geek Living: The weather has become unseasonably warm here lately. So we put a fan in the window of our bedroom to make it easier to sleep. The room with the computers in it? That one gets a window air conditioner. We have our priorities straight in this household.
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Easter Lunch:

Tuscan Quail with Grape Sauce served over polenta

with a 2000 Hospices de Beaune Mazis-Chambertin

Jacques Torres chocolate bunnies for dessert :)
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Julian was so polite. He started his nap just when we started cooking and slept until we were done eating. I wish it were ever thus.
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So I went to see This is Not a Film last night. I'm really glad I heard an interview with another Iranian filmmaker on NPR the other day because he provided some background which enhanced my understanding of the film.

In case you're not familiar with it, This is Not a Film is the latest effort by Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. He was recently banned from making films for the next 20 years and sentenced to 6 years in prison by Iranian authorities. He "made" this latest "film" while waiting to hear the results of his last appeal. He got it out of the country by putting it on a thumb drive which was then smuggled out inside a cake!

Since he is not allowed to "make" films, he had a friend come over and film him as he tells the story of the screenplay for the next film he was planning to make. As he says in the movie, he is not banned from acting or reading a screenplay.

But there is a lot more to this movie than that. He sets it during a traditional Iranian New Year's celebration which is frowned upon by the Ayatollah because it comes from a pre-Islamic tradition. Celebrating this holiday is a way that Iranians can protest against their government. All through the "film" you hear fireworks outside of Panahi's apartment and he has several phone conversations with friends and family about the atmosphere outside, including one friend who is stopped by police.

Another important aspect of the "film" is the way women are included. By law in Iran, if a woman is shown in a film she must be veiled even if the scene takes place inside the character's home where women are never veiled. It means that women can never be portrayed realistically in Iranian films. In This is Not a Film there are women, but we never see them, we hear them on the phone or we see Panahi conversing with them through an open door, but we never see the women.

I also really enjoyed some of Mr. Panahi's philosophizing on the nature of directing. He is frustrated at having to tell the story of his next film because it often changes in the act of filming and so he doesn't really know how it would turn out if he were able to make it. He discusses this while showing examples from his earlier films.

If you like movies and are interested in learning more about Iran, this is a great film. Go see it if you can.
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A Stay-at-Home Mom through Open Adoption
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Brooklyn, New York
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New York, New York - Astoria, New York - Neptune, New Jersey - Elkridge, Maryland - Laurel, Maryland - Columbia, Maryland - Carmel, New York
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Eggplant is my favorite vegetable.
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A few of my favorite things:  knitting (while listening to NPR); spinning (that's with fiber, not in a gym); food (both cooking and eating); wine; travel; food history; hanging out with geeks of any kind; Ancient and Medieval history; music (all kinds); theatre; movies; anthropology; archaeology; Doctor Who, and other good science fiction; and lots of other things...

Right now, I'm particularly interested in learning about the Karen people of Burma. Encircle me if you share this interest and/or have some expertise.
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I'm a former professional opera singer.
Education
  • Shirley Ehrenkranz School of Social Work at New York University
    MSW, 1999 - 2001
  • Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University
    Voice, Performance, 1984 - 1988
  • Atholton High School
    1980 - 1984
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