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Feminist Flicker - Decoding Sexism In Movies

Have you ever watched a movie and wondered why it left you with a feeling of dissatisfaction so subtle that you couldn't quite put your finger on it? Have you ever wondered how to tell if you're watching a movie through the male gaze? Then look no further. Feminist Flicker is here to shine a light on those shadiest of cinematic corners.

It is an unfortunate, but inescapable truth that sexism in society is supported and promoted by sexism in the media - especially movies. Indeed, even the most beloved of films can sometimes be unmasked as a hive of insidious white patriarchal messages. 

But fret not, dear reader. Just as Morpheus revealed the nature of the Matrix to Neo, so Feminist Flicker is on hand to expose the truth to you - by decoding sexism in movies, one film at a time.

Extreme Esteem

"Think of it as your weekly pick-me-up, with no caffeine added. Each week, Murray will provide thoughtful and practical insights and advice to help build your self-esteem and uncover your true potential."

A deep dive into the challenges of living successfully in our "overly processed" world with strategies, insights and secrets. Stop merely surviving, start thriving and begin living with Extreme Esteem.   

My Life as a Rocket Scientist (and other lies I tell myself)

Who am I really?

Well, that is the everlasting question. The answer that still eludes me, and so many others to this day.

My quest is to find some sort of answer to the complexities of life. Join me on this perilous journey, as I slay dragons, defeat zombies, and uncover the hidden truths inside.

Poking holes through tough situations, and learning to find the humor in everyday life. Sometimes, life sucks, but that doesn't mean it's the end of the world. (not yet, I promise)

Quips of Profanity may ensue. 

 

Series Release: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Series Updated: Second Wednesday of each month

 

No Vacancy

No Vacancy is a collection of humorous personal essays. Each essay is independent of each other, but together the collection weaves an autobiographical tapestry, at times sad, bizarre, and deeply personal. No skeleton in her closet is safe.

Lisa tackles subjects including grand conspiracies, generation gaps, memory loss, aging, nostalgia, modern technology, Corporate America, airline industry, affairs, addiction, unorthodox relationships, male species, and female anatomy, to name just a few.

Lessons I've Learned the Hard Way

You know when someone says, “learn from my experience,” or “don’t make the same mistakes I did,” and you’re like “oh I probably shouldn’t do that thing”? I’m one of those people who doesn’t have that capability. I don’t learn from anyone else’s mistakes; I’ve had to learn most of my lessons the hard way - by making my own mistakes, living through the consequences, and coming out the other side. I’m also one of those people who the universe likes to throw stuff at faster than I can possibly handle it. So, my life isn’t always fun, but it’s always interesting and there are always lessons to be learned. 

In this series, I’ll share the stories of the lessons I’ve had to learn the hard way, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be able to learn from my mistakes and not make the same ones. 

Unfixed Timelines

Secrets buried under the sands of Turkey, the murder of a small-town sheriff, zombies at Vicksburg, otherworldly entities recruiting at a high society ball, and a daring escape from pirates. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and in these five stories, the two are blended into tales of alternate history. Short stories appear every other week, and essays on the historical events related to stories are posted in the intervening weeks.

Nifty's Free Album Picks

The world is full of music; from pop to rock; from country to folk; from classical to alternative. Music is everywhere, and there is no doubt about that! In fact, if you look a little bit on the Internet, you will find genres that don't exist at all in the mainstream music scene! We at Mini Nifty have decided to comb the Internet for full-length albums that people can listen to without paying a cent, highlighting the best of online music, with a focus on little-known but high-quality albums. All the music we will mention in this publication is legally streamable from sites such as Bandcamp, various netlabel and music library websites, and other free music havens. Not all good music comes from the mainstream labels. Find out about albums on a daily basis!

There's a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It's a baby.

No self-respecting modern woman wants a baby, until you do and then you’re stuffed.

There’s a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It’s a baby is a series of satirical columns about surviving life with a baby and a boyfriend in a modern world that forgot it’s not 1950 something.

Briana takes on all things babies and boyfriend as she discovers motherhood is like riding a wild horse that’s out of control. Only the horse is not a horse, it’s a donkey. And it’s going backwards.

Written with a lot of sarcasm, a little humor and not enough coffee by a woman who wishes she was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

So, You're Thirty!

When did I become an adult...and what do I do now?

A weekly tongue-in-cheek "How-To" column about surviving your 30s.

The "How-Tos" (or how-to-NOTs) encompass the daily and general life-perplexity of a 30-something single professional, attempting to work, date and recreate in the city.

 

Channillo Holiday/Winter Series 2019

A collection of holiday or winter themed essays, poems, and stories by various authors.

Lines in the Gravel

Lines in the Gravel is an engaging, often humorous, series of snapshots about Al Ainsworth's experiences growing up in rural Star, Mississippi. It is one story—told by a collection of stories—of family and faith that transcends his own experience to connect with others who seek to perpetuate their own values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Vista of a Sisyphean Mind

Vista of a sisyphean mind series looks at the world in a unique perspective that is inspiring and motivating. The series is an exploration into the greatness of life.

Inspirational short stories (fiction) are also published here.

 

Adventures with the Medical Brigade

One writer. A city full of medical professionals. Time to keep up with the Drs. Jones. 

Follow Amy through various awkward encounters and strange experiences while she tries to define herself as a creative writer in a city completely devoted to practical medicine. "Bohemian Rhapsody" meets Grey's Anatomy in this kooky but true clash of right brain/left brain living.

Songs for Warriors: Poetry & Prose

Music has always been a tool of the resistance.

To sing in the midst of pain and anguish is an act of bravery.

They told her she would never amount to anything-

They said that she was “blind, barren, and ugly.”

But they were wrong- She was a warrior.

In the pages of this collection, journey with the author as she overcomes the anguish of past abuse, the pain of sight loss, and the heartache of knowing that her rare medical condition will never allow her to have children of her own. "Songs for Warriors," is an invitation for you to never stop fighting- even when every day feels like a battle.

Songs for Warriors, is a collection of poetry, micro-poetry, prose, and essays to inspire you on your journey through life. 

In ancient times, poetry was set to music. The bards sang songs of hope and freedom. These songs are for you.

The Misadventures of a Struggling Granola

Have you ever woken up tired and clueless on how you ended up almost forty? Darcie Cameron has and is on a spiritual quest to make the most out of her life. The Misadventures of a Granola Junkie is a humorous outlook on her life as she attempts to find her way through a myriad of self-help, spiritual, and fitness advice.

Join her on her journey as she attempts staggering feats of giving up coffee for a 21 day cleanse, setting intentions to make a million dollars off of this column, and the art of not so quiet meditation.

Life is always an adventure and Darcie is bound to find it! Even when she is falling off her yoga matt, knocking over her water bottle, and landing hard on her ass. This column is all about the bruises and bumps with everything in between while trying to master the good life. 

Is This Going to be a Long Story?

I'm not the kind of person who can say, "I did a thing," because for me, doing a thing involves a whole series of coordinating events leading up to 'that thing' and to only tell you 'the thing' without any peripherals would be a disservice and, frankly, quite boring. 

So, yes, it is. :)

Warning: I am a fan of 'sentence enhancers' that may start with the letters F, S, A, or a few others. This means there may be some adult content coming from this childish mind. 

 

A Writer Looks at Fifty: Middle Aged Musings in a Millennial World

A Writer Looks at Fifty is one man’s attempt to navigate life in a world dominated by millennials, celebrities and everything digital.  Looking at life’s little quirks, oddities, and things that give us pause, this weekly series will explore the author’s desire to adapt to an ever changing world while trying to maintain his sense of calm and balance.

Buzz writes about subjects including but not limited to:  Books, Film, History, Popular Culture, Music, Cooking, Television, Bourbon, Education, Dining (fine and otherwise), Relationships, Pets, Employment, Travel, Shopping, Sports, Growing Up, Wine, Beer, Astrology, Aging, Transportation, Myths, Legends, People, Customer Service, Gaming, Hotels, Millennials and the odd observation or two about the Weather Channel.

Each essay will explore a different topic but usually adhering to the author’s general theme of “how did I get here and why am I drinking so much wine?”  Hopefully he’ll change some attitudes and maybe some latitudes and have fun all the way.

So come along for the ride and remember:  Life is all about the journey and not the destination.

This Side of Triumph

Drafts of drama, poetry and other works from a Brighton-based actor/writer.

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"This side of triumph

Sleep uncoils across

The stones we perch on."

 

 

Coffee and Criticisms

A look into gender roles, resistance and the journey so far-over a cup of fresh brewed coffee.

Travel on a Different Plane

Let yourself go. Captivating, humorous, and delectable travel tales that will transport you to the next town or the far side of the world . . .

The Modern Nanny

Tips and tricks to finding the perfect nanny and for being the perfect nanny. All from a former nanny herself. 

This series will focus on the do's and don'ts, and things to make your life easier both as the parents and the nanny. 

Anticipated series start: August 5th, 2019

What a Life! What a Day!

How does Mona Lisa spend her day? What does Mr. Plod have for breakfast? What does the Man in the Moon think of us here on earth? Find out in What a Life! What a Day! A spoof of the UK's Sunday Times series, A Life in the Day, WaLWaD asks famous mythical, literary or biblical figures, or even objects or concepts, to describe a typical day. Humorous, irreverent, instructive, or just plain wacky, WalWaD will have you thinking outside the box even as you chuckle. Every Monday, starting 1st June.

Kickstarts! Writing Workshop

A writing workshop for reluctant and blocked writers, and for those just looking to put the fun back into the creative writing process.

We all have those times when the words don't flow. Whether you are are a student who can think of about a million other things that you would rather be doing than writing that English assignment, or a veteran author who has spent the last chunk of time staring at a blank page where words should be, this workshop is for you!

While it explores ideas from the stance of writing fiction, with a few easy adjustments it can be very helpful for non-fiction as well! 

Making News

For more than 15 years I’ve been exploring the Berkshires as a writer and a journalist. While the world of news has changed rapidly, I’ve tramped the hills with a reporter’s notebook and talked with people. Community journalism is at risk, and some say it’s endangered. Let me tell you what it’s like, while it still exists. 

I’ve talked with many kinds of people, from Chinese artists to mill workers, a rabbi immersed in Passover and women celebrating Easter hundreds of miles from their native towns in Central America. This part of Western Massachusetts has a rare combination of real country and intellectual richness — in these open ridges, so far west that most of Massachusetts forgets we’re here, we have the most diverse set of people in the state outside Boston.

Here I will share some of the stories I’ve heard and the experience of finding them. Come with me inside the newsroom and into artist studios, theater rehearsal rooms, museums, farmyards and woods.  

I’ve learned that good conversation is a craft; it improves with practice, and at its best it’s a natural high. And I have gotten to know this place, from wood-fired kilns to Quebeçois reels to new-laid eggs. Let me tell you about it. 

Pseudocide

Pseudocide: a suicidal synonym and a synonym for suicide. 

 

Artwork by Edward Clarke

Tachycardia

It's a hectic world. From every angle of your life, there is seemingly every reason to worry, complain, fight, call out, or ignore. The power of "no" and "not my problem" is strong. It's seemingly easier to put on blinders, put one foot in front of the other, and keep to yourself. 

This series is an encouragement to the spirit of edification, identifying the dubious and cliches, and hopefully guide you to a path of confidence. There are no magic buttons or catchy phrases to make life perfect. Progress, however, is an attainable goal for any of us. 

With a lifetime of travel and wisdom-producing failures, I explore the most controversial of topics and dirtiest avenues to discuss what is healthiest to the heart and the head. From stories about immigration to politicking, from loneliness in D.C. to wild parties in Vegas, there is much to learn you probably never realized you didn't know. 

read. research. stay interested.

The Art Of Holding On Too Long

A series of non-fiction essays, articles, and prose pieces on the topic of love, memories, mistakes, and holding on much longer than one should.

Who am I? Who are you?

An antidote to the 'gene-centred' view of what makes us who we are, this series considers topical issues reflecting how we see ourselves. From genetic modifications to end of life decisions, how do these issues influence our self perspective?  What makes us who we are? Join me on this journey of discovery. We may be surprised by what we find. 

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



Have you ever watched a movie and wondered why it left you with a feeling of dissatisfaction so subtle that you couldn't quite put your finger on it? Have you ever wondered how to tell if you're watching a movie through the male gaze? Then look no further. Feminist Flicker is here to shine a light on those shadiest of cinematic corners.

It is an unfortunate, but inescapable truth that...View Series



"Think of it as your weekly pick-me-up, with no caffeine added. Each week, Murray will provide thoughtful and practical insights and advice to help build your self-esteem and uncover your true potential."

A deep dive into the challenges of living successfully in our "overly processed" world with strategies, insights and secrets. Stop merely surviving, start thriving...View Series



Who am I really?

Well, that is the everlasting question. The answer that still eludes me, and so many others to this day.

My quest is to find some sort of answer to the complexities of life. Join me on this perilous journey, as I slay dragons, defeat zombies, and uncover the hidden truths inside.

Poking holes through tough situations, and learning to find the humor in everyday...View Series



No Vacancy is a collection of humorous personal essays. Each essay is independent of each other, but together the collection weaves an autobiographical tapestry, at times sad, bizarre, and deeply personal. No skeleton in her closet is safe.

Lisa tackles subjects including grand conspiracies, generation gaps, memory loss, aging, nostalgia, modern technology, Corporate America, airline...View Series



You know when someone says, “learn from my experience,” or “don’t make the same mistakes I did,” and you’re like “oh I probably shouldn’t do that thing”? I’m one of those people who doesn’t have that capability. I don’t learn from anyone else’s mistakes; I’ve had to learn most of my lessons the hard way - by making...View Series


Secrets buried under the sands of Turkey, the murder of a small-town sheriff, zombies at Vicksburg, otherworldly entities recruiting at a high society ball, and a daring escape from pirates. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and in these five stories, the two are blended into tales of alternate history. Short stories appear every other week, and essays on the historical events related to stories...View Series


The world is full of music; from pop to rock; from country to folk; from classical to alternative. Music is everywhere, and there is no doubt about that! In fact, if you look a little bit on the Internet, you will find genres that don't exist at all in the mainstream music scene! We at Mini Nifty have decided to comb the Internet for full-length albums that people can listen to without paying a cent,...View Series


No self-respecting modern woman wants a baby, until you do and then you’re stuffed.

There’s a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It’s a baby is a series of satirical columns about surviving life with a baby and a boyfriend in a modern world that forgot it’s not 1950 something.

Briana takes on all things babies and boyfriend as she discovers motherhood is like...View Series



When did I become an adult...and what do I do now?

A weekly tongue-in-cheek "How-To" column about surviving your 30s.

The "How-Tos" (or how-to-NOTs) encompass the daily and general life-perplexity of a 30-something single professional, attempting to work, date and recreate in the city.

 

 View Series


A collection of holiday or winter themed essays, poems, and stories by various authors.

 View Series


Lines in the Gravel is an engaging, often humorous, series of snapshots about Al Ainsworth's experiences growing up in rural Star, Mississippi. It is one story—told by a collection of stories—of family and faith that transcends his own experience to connect with others who seek to perpetuate their own values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

 View Series


Vista of a sisyphean mind series looks at the world in a unique perspective that is inspiring and motivating. The series is an exploration into the greatness of life.

Inspirational short stories (fiction) are also published here.

 

 View Series


One writer. A city full of medical professionals. Time to keep up with the Drs. Jones. 

Follow Amy through various awkward encounters and strange experiences while she tries to define herself as a creative writer in a city completely devoted to practical medicine. "Bohemian Rhapsody" meets Grey's Anatomy in this kooky but true clash of right...View Series



Music has always been a tool of the resistance.

To sing in the midst of pain and anguish is an act of bravery.

They told her she would never amount to anything-

They said that she was “blind, barren, and ugly.”

But they were wrong- She was a warrior.

In the pages of...View Series



Have you ever woken up tired and clueless on how you ended up almost forty? Darcie Cameron has and is on a spiritual quest to make the most out of her life. The Misadventures of a Granola Junkie is a humorous outlook on her life as she attempts to find her way through a myriad of self-help, spiritual, and fitness advice.

Join her on her journey as she attempts staggering feats of giving...View Series



I'm not the kind of person who can say, "I did a thing," because for me, doing a thing involves a whole series of coordinating events leading up to 'that thing' and to only tell you 'the thing' without any peripherals would be a disservice and, frankly, quite boring. 

So, yes, it is. :)

Warning: I am a fan of 'sentence enhancers' that may...View Series



A Writer Looks at Fifty is one man’s attempt to navigate life in a world dominated by millennials, celebrities and everything digital.  Looking at life’s little quirks, oddities, and things that give us pause, this weekly series will explore the author’s desire to adapt to an ever changing world while trying to maintain his sense of calm and balance.

Buzz writes about...View Series



Drafts of drama, poetry and other works from a Brighton-based actor/writer.

.

"This side of triumph

Sleep uncoils across

The stones we perch on."

 

 

 View Series


A look into gender roles, resistance and the journey so far-over a cup of fresh brewed coffee.

 View Series


Let yourself go. Captivating, humorous, and delectable travel tales that will transport you to the next town or the far side of the world . . .

 View Series


Tips and tricks to finding the perfect nanny and for being the perfect nanny. All from a former nanny herself. 

This series will focus on the do's and don'ts, and things to make your life easier both as the parents and the nanny. 

Anticipated series start: August 5th, 2019

 View Series


How does Mona Lisa spend her day? What does Mr. Plod have for breakfast? What does the Man in the Moon think of us here on earth? Find out in What a Life! What a Day! A spoof of the UK's Sunday Times series, A Life in the Day, WaLWaD asks famous mythical, literary or biblical figures, or even objects or concepts, to describe a typical day. Humorous, irreverent, instructive,...View Series


A writing workshop for reluctant and blocked writers, and for those just looking to put the fun back into the creative writing process.

We all have those times when the words don't flow. Whether you are are a student who can think of about a million other things that you would rather be doing than writing that English assignment, or a veteran author who has spent the last chunk of time staring...View Series



For more than 15 years I’ve been exploring the Berkshires as a writer and a journalist. While the world of news has changed rapidly, I’ve tramped the hills with a reporter’s notebook and talked with people. Community journalism is at risk, and some say it’s endangered. Let me tell you what it’s like, while it still exists. 

I’ve talked with many kinds of...View Series



Pseudocide: a suicidal synonym and a synonym for suicide. 

 

Artwork by Edward Clarke

 View Series


It's a hectic world. From every angle of your life, there is seemingly every reason to worry, complain, fight, call out, or ignore. The power of "no" and "not my problem" is strong. It's seemingly easier to put on blinders, put one foot in front of the other, and keep to yourself. 

This series is an encouragement to the spirit of edification, identifying...View Series



A series of non-fiction essays, articles, and prose pieces on the topic of love, memories, mistakes, and holding on much longer than one should.

 View Series


An antidote to the 'gene-centred' view of what makes us who we are, this series considers topical issues reflecting how we see ourselves. From genetic modifications to end of life decisions, how do these issues influence our self perspective?  What makes us who we are? Join me on this journey of discovery. We may be surprised by what we find. 

 View Series

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.