What I’ve Been Reading Recently – Kate
It’s become clear upon putting this list together, that last month largely consisted of books tackling fame, Hollywood, and abuses of power (oh, and music too). I’ve always been a big Beatles fan, and Hunter Davies wrote this biography at such an interesting time, after the band stopped touring, but before their famous break up. Perhaps more eloquently written and certainly more unknown to me, is Graeme Thompson’s graceful handling of the tumultuous life of folk singer John Martyn. Drawing on 100 new interviews, Graeme places the sacrifices made by others for the sake of Martyn’s art as a central and essential motif of his life.
This month has also provided some brilliant new voices in feminist theory. Sam Mills’s Chavo-Feminism is an absolute triumph and a perfect place to start for those who are feeling a little rusty on, or looking for an introductory text to 4th wave feminism. Using examples from Weinstein to her own relationship with a man named ‘R’, Mills doesn’t waste a single word when it comes to detailing how old misogyny may be disguised under the adoption of a public feminist persona. In a similar vein, I’m very excited to start Mona Eltahaway’s ‘The Seven Necessary Sins For Women And Girls’, that advocates for women and girls to subvert patriarchy and find agency in the ‘seven necessary sins’: to be angry, ambitious, profane, violent, attention-seeking, lustful, and powerful.
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