Saturday, February 13, 2010

“Me—and my fur coat who is with me—my skin gets all tense with the desire that someone finds me attractive in my fur, and I find him attractive as well. I’m sitting in a cafe—violins are playing, sending a waft of weepy clouds into my head—something’s crying in me—I want to bury my face in my hands to make it less sad. It has to work so hard, because I’m trying to be a star. And there are women all over the place whose faces are also trying hard.”

--Irmgard Keun from Artificial Silk Girl

Friday, February 12, 2010

“As a rule, a work is considered to touch on the theme of feminism when its leading characters are women and are repressed or in rebellion, but as far as I am concerned, a work is feminist insofar as it attempts to explain the mechanics of cruelty, oppression, and violence through a story that is developed in a world in which men and women exist.”

--Griselda Gambaro, "Feminism or Femininity?"