Below is Part 4 of 23 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄ Read the prologue / introduction: Meet Agnes Person ◄ Read the previous installment | Xanthan Almost Elvis Mask over mouth, hair stuffed into samovar, Agnes Person declares war against spiders, the widows and the foolish bachelor types in her apartment nooks. Showers threaten to spoil Cinco de Mayo […]Read more "Agnes Person | Almost Elvis"
Karina Lutz is a writer, editor, teacher, and lifelong activist. She was tutored by her mother Carol’s antiwar, civil rights, and electoral activism. Carol passed away in March; when she died, finally free of pain, her face looked more beautiful than it had even in life. Mommy’s pin curls “It hurts to be beautiful,” she’d […]Read more "Mommy’s pin curls"
Below is Part 12 of 18 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄ Read the first installment / prologue ◄ Read the previous installment, MILDRED A call came for Betta on the telephone. It came as a surprise, since she often forgot there was a telephone in the house. Betta could not imagine anyone outside Innsmouth would call on […]Read more "A Coven in Essex County | Elsewhere, It Is Halloween"
2015 has been a good year for body love in the media. I’m hoping the days of body type trends: Marilyn and Sofia in the 50s, Twiggy in the 60s, Cindy in the 80s, Kate in the 90s, and Gisele in the 00s, are no more. They’re all lovely, but expecting every woman to match an […]Read more "Self Love and Pop Culture Beauty"
I heard that the first place I’d worked in Oregon shuttered today the same way we hear everything now: a Facebook post. A friend was tagged in a dim cell phone shot snapped in the dying Lloyd Center Mall in Portland. Lloyd Center has been dying since I first moved to Portland in 2003. A […]Read more "The Corset’s Last Breath: Frederick’s of Hollywood is Dead"
I’ll admit it: Fashion Police is part of my bad feminist DNA. I can’t remember when I first started watching the show on E! Network; probably around the time that I graduated to expanded basic cable in my first apartment. I wasn’t much of a Joan Rivers fan, but I did like Kelly Osbourne, my […]Read more "Goodbye Fashion Police"
There are some things that happen around midnight nowadays that I’m not particularly proud of. Since I left Tucson for Portland two months ago, and I am still waiting for my husband to transfer back up here, there is loneliness. There is worry. There is anxiety. I turn in early because I feel exhausted, but […]Read more "Midnight Confessions: Kim Kardashian Hollywood Edition"
It’s possible that my two years living a block and a half from Alberta Street has made me a bit Northeast-normative, with the wealth of habanero-infused craft cocktails and curated vintage shops dulling my desire to head South during daylight hours. It seems I may indeed have good reason to pick back up my old […]Read more "Mag-Big Thinks Mega Big"
Fashioning Cascadia, the summer-long upcoming exhibit at Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft, explores the question: “What is being made here and why?” Helping answer that question is Parsons-educated Alexa Stark, who is currently working out of the museum gallery as artist-in-residence. Also happening for Alexa Stark is the Mercury’s Open Season fashion show series (showing […]Read more "Alexa Stark on Pop-Ups, Portland & Designing as Performance"