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  • May 5, 2013 4:06 pm
    “Michael Bay offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of a woman who threw puppies into a river.” View high resolution

    Michael Bay offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of a woman who threw puppies into a river.”

  • January 29, 2013 5:32 pm

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    The Reconstructionists: Celebrating Badass Women

    What do Buddhist artist Agnes Martin, Hollywood inventor Hedy Lamarr, and French-Cuban author Anaïs Nin have in common? Their names may not conjure popular recognition, and yet, for Lisa Congdon and Maria Popova, these women represent a particular breed of cultural trailblazer: female, under-appreciated, badass. They are “Reconstructionists,” as the writer-illustrator duo call them — and for the next year, they’ll be celebrated on a blog of the same name. Every Monday for 12 months, The Reconstructionists will debut a hand-painted illustration and short essay highlighting a woman from fields such as art, science, and literature. The subject needn’t be famous, but she will, as Popova, the creator of Brain Pickings, puts it, “have changed the way we define ourselves as a culture.” We spoke with Popova, and illustrator Congdon, about the inspiration behind their project.

    How’d you come up with the name ‘Reconstructionist’?

    Maria Popova: It’s very challenging to celebrate women without pigeonholing the project into some stereotypical and alienating feminist corner, the most dangerous part of which is the preaching-to-the-choir quality that many such projects tend to have. So when it was time to come up with a title for the project, it couldn’t be something too literal or too obvious. After sifting through hundreds of letters, diaries, autobiographies, and other writing, I suddenly remembered something Anaïs Nin had written in a 1944 diary entry — about “woman’s role in the reconstruction of the world.” It was perfect. It was the only common denominator between those women – they aren’t all artists, or all writers, or all to be expected in the pages of a tenth-grade history book. They are simply all reconstructionists.

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  • April 20, 2011 10:03 am
    "I’m going to sue them. I’m going to sue them for David’s livelihood. I’m going to sue them for the restaurant. I’m gonna sue them for poisoning my kids. I’m gonna sue them for poisoning me and my husband. I’m going to sue them for displacing my family. I’m going to sue them for anything and everything that we can sue them for. Bottom line: I don’t care if I don’t ever get a penny. They’re gonna have to deal with me for the rest of my life."
—Kindra Arnesen, Louisiana fisherman’s husband, restaurant owner, and activist, was one of several BP spill survivors who sat down with Mother Jones to share their thoughts, a year after the Gulf spill.

    "I’m going to sue them. I’m going to sue them for David’s livelihood. I’m going to sue them for the restaurant. I’m gonna sue them for poisoning my kids. I’m gonna sue them for poisoning me and my husband. I’m going to sue them for displacing my family. I’m going to sue them for anything and everything that we can sue them for. Bottom line: I don’t care if I don’t ever get a penny. They’re gonna have to deal with me for the rest of my life."

    —Kindra Arnesen, Louisiana fisherman’s husband, restaurant owner, and activist, was one of several BP spill survivors who sat down with Mother Jones to share their thoughts, a year after the Gulf spill.

  • April 20, 2011 10:02 am
    "BP hasn’t made people whole. I’m not saying I’m so much worried about me, because financially, I’m okay. I’m the oldest one in the business, just about. But the youngest guys are starving to death. People are losing their homes, losing their boats, and there’s BP advertising that they’re spending millions of dollars. They’re not. They’re not making anyone whole."
—Ryan Lambert, who owns  Cajun Fishing Adventures, a Louisiana charter-boat business, was one of several BP spill survivors who sat down with Mother Jones to share their thoughts, a year after the Gulf spill. View high resolution

    "BP hasn’t made people whole. I’m not saying I’m so much worried about me, because financially, I’m okay. I’m the oldest one in the business, just about. But the youngest guys are starving to death. People are losing their homes, losing their boats, and there’s BP advertising that they’re spending millions of dollars. They’re not. They’re not making anyone whole."

    —Ryan Lambert, who owns Cajun Fishing Adventures, a Louisiana charter-boat business, was one of several BP spill survivors who sat down with Mother Jones to share their thoughts, a year after the Gulf spill.

  • April 20, 2011 10:01 am
    "We are not divided. It’s them that’s dividing us up, and making us feel like we’re against this other group, that the oil workers are against the green movement and the green movement are against the oil workers. They are not—they are against the oil companies. That’s a big difference. The oil companies don’t care about the oil workers."
—Cherri Foytlin, left, a mother of six and wife of a Louisiana oil-rig worker, walked 1,243 miles to DC to tell her story. She was one of several BP spill survivors who sat down with Mother Jones to share their thoughts, a year after the Gulf spill.

    "We are not divided. It’s them that’s dividing us up, and making us feel like we’re against this other group, that the oil workers are against the green movement and the green movement are against the oil workers. They are not—they are against the oil companies. That’s a big difference. The oil companies don’t care about the oil workers."

    —Cherri Foytlin, left, a mother of six and wife of a Louisiana oil-rig worker, walked 1,243 miles to DC to tell her story. She was one of several BP spill survivors who sat down with Mother Jones to share their thoughts, a year after the Gulf spill.