Weekly Round Up: Kathleen Hanna Leads the Opposite of her 90s Media Blackout

You might never guess it’s the same public who led a feminist media blackout in the 90s, refusing to speak to news outlets out of a well-earned distrust, because Kathleen Hanna is everywhere!  Despite their having published a condescending piece on her in 1992, Hanna has a friendly interview with USA Today where she talks about the filming of the Punk Singer, and what she’s grateful for this year.  IFC posts another clip of the film to youtube, this one discussing Hanna’s friendship with Kurt Cobain.  Hollywood Reporter and Rolling Stone interview her and hear why she’s finally willing to talk about her marriage to Beastie Boy Ad Rock.  On Huffington Post Live she talks about the comeback of 90s fashion, including the fashions she wishes were not coming back.  She talks about her fashion designs with Elle.  Autostraddle and Salon review the Punk Singer.


For the Chronicle of Higher Education, philosopher and novelist Dr. Charles Johnson engages with the ideas of other philosophers to reflect on the interplay of thought and creative process.  “I see ideas as originating in the historical muck and mud of our daily experience, cloaked in the particulars of this world—only later do we abstract them for the purpose of study and reflection.”


Kate Clinton at the Washington Blade takes on Thanksgivukkah and ruminates how “the legibility of marriage has made us so much more readable for all kinds of scanners” at her local grocery store and elsewhere.


The Concord Monitor runs a review of Richard Rodriguez’ Darling.


Anticipating his appearance in Austin, its Chronicle interviews Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, covering ground ranging from underrepresented groups in science, “science can always benefit from the more brains there are that are thinking about it … you always want more brains attached to a problem – always,” to the question of whether government or private industry will be at the forefront of forthcoming space exploration, “the space frontier is dangerous, and it’s expensive, and it has unquantified risks. And under those conditions, you cannot establish a capital-market evaluation of that enterprise … There’s no business model for being in space.”  As to whether he would ever run for office, “I don’t even like talking to politicians.”


When Arsalan Iftikhar drew attention to racist vandalism on a Gap subway ad featuring Sikh actor and fashion designer Waris Ahluwalia, Gap responded quickly to remedy it and changed their twitter background to the image.  Watch Iftikhar talking to CNN about the reactions!


New York Times piece about the changing face of the American family checks in with social historian Dr. Stephanie Coontz, whose insights about families, abstention from marriage as well as divorce rates, include, “The less we need marriage, the more we expect from it.”