"The men go off and fight the wars and fly the airplanes and come back and help design and build and test them. The fact that women are not in this field is a fact of our social order."
"The women underwent the identical tests that the male candidates had undergone. In the end, 68% of the women passed with ‘no medical reservations’ compared to 56% of the men. The 13 females who passed were known as the Mercury 13. They were Bernice ‘Bea’ Steadman, Janey Hart, Geraldine ‘Jerri’ Sloan Truhill, Rhea Allison Woltman, Sarah Lee Gorelick Ratley, Jan Dietrich, Marion Dietrich, Myrtle Cagle, Irene Leverton, Gene Nora Jessen, Jean Hixson, Wally Funk and Geraldyn ‘Jerrie’ Cobb…
Cobb had tested in the top 2% of all tested candidates, male and female.”
Where is this movie?
When I was 8, I bought my first LP, the Bangles “Different Light,” not long after it came out. And sometimes at night, when no one else was around (Mom at work, Dad in his basement office watching sports where no one would bother him, brother in his room, probably wiping boogers on his wall), I’d put that record on the record player (which was in the dining room) and lay on the floor, in the dark, and listen to it. And, though I loved the entire album, this song was always the one I’d listen to over and over again. Even though, at the time, I didn’t fully undertstand it, it pretty effectively unsettled me. At some point, the record got a subtle scratch and it skipped for a moment during this song. I still hear that skip when I listen to the song via any other medium. I think this is also what made me decide that Michael Steele was my favorite member of the group.
I woke up this morning with this scene in my head and I have no idea why. Now I just need to watch this movie again.
I don’t think I’ve ever been more thrilled by an entertainment-related announcement.
Apple season > pumpkin spice season.
Do you live in or near Cincinnati? Do you like to dance your ass off? Do you like to wear pajamas? Then this dance party that I help DJ is for you. Come out wearing your sexiest assless footie pajamas and dance ‘til you can’t dance no more.
While I was on vacation in Minneapolis, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing these two talented ladies perform a sold-out show at First Avenue and they were fucking amazing. If you don’t know Lizzo or Caroline Smith, you should pay attention because they are going to take over soon.
Joan Cusack steals this movie.
Two albums, two Mercury Prize nominations. If you haven’t yet checked out Anna Calvi’s work, you should.
The best night of my life and I’m not being dramatic was doing the “Joan and Jen Show” at Largo in Los Angeles in June.
Backstage before she went on she took her gum out of her mouth and stuck it to the wall and said, “As Ethel Merman said ‘if they could do what we do they wouldn’t be in the seats’” I asked Joan if she was feeling that way and she said, “No. I believe it for her. For me? I still get nervous every time.” And she took a deep breath and tilted her head and said, “Well, it’s time.”
Tonight, I explained Time Trax, a short-lived early-90s sci-fi series starring Dale Midkiff, to a group of friends. They thought I was making it up.