Monday, July 28

The Essential Ellen Willis

"... 'The Essential Ellen Willis,' which gathers 40 years of her work, carries the sound of a feminist who never forgot the ideals of the ’60s, and who never stopped arguing for what those years gave her and others. (Willis died in 2006.) 'The valorization of too much allowed me, for the first time in my life, to have something like enough,' she recalled in 1989, in an article for The Village Voice. The collection is edited by Willis’s daughter, Nona Willis Aronowitz, and divided by decade; it begins with a 1969 essay on Willis’s awakening to feminism and concludes with excerpts from an unfinished book exploring the 'cultural unconscious in American politics.' In between, there is relentlessly rigorous thinking on Janis Joplin, Bell Hooks, child care, Bill Clinton, 'The Sopranos,' and Sept. 11."
NY Times
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