american dream ★ 7


Chloe Sevigny by Liam Duke

I had a weird dream the other night that I was on ‘Jersey Shore.’

Chloë Sevigny

Photo by Liam Duke

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Loving Yourself Means Freedom

Daughter of the True King

In a society ruled by image, it becomes very difficult to love yourself, inside and out, especially as an eighteen year old girl. We are being told constantly that we are not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, sexy enough, just enough. On the flip side, if we make one mistake, we are labeled as slut, whore, the b-word, and so many other things. We live in a world that expects us to be perfect, though perfection can never truly be reached.

As a girl who has been told/called some of these things, it hurts. Words are the most dangerous weapons that exist. These words are the weapons of society. We are taught at a young age by magazines, television, music, peers, and in some cases, even parents that we are supposed to uphold these impossible standards. We are told how to dress, how to do our hair, how to…

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On the Town 4th of July

Movies, Of Course!

We’re goin’ On the Town (1949) for a Happy 4th of July 2015!

Happy landings … Betty Garrett, Frank Sinatra … Ann Miller, Jules Munshin … Vera-Ellen, Gene Kelly …

Bye, boys … We’ll write you every day …

Searched high and low for a good On the Town Statue of Liberty photo … Leave it to our German compatriots … Here’s The Lady in a movie program for Das ist New York! / That’s New York! … Heut gehn wir bummeln / Today we go strollingNotice anything strange on the left? … The guys the gals are kissin’ look like stand-ins!

Betty Garrett … my favorite … is ever optimistic …

She dreamt they’d all get back together … and she was right! … on the cover of Screen Stories, January 1950 … Those wonderful days when a movie magazine was only 15 cents … Look…

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Day Jobs and Talismans

David Lee Summers' Web Journal

I spent last weekend at LepreCon in Phoenix, Arizona, where I had a great time presenting science talks and speaking on steampunk panels. The convention was large enough that I kept busy, but small enough that I could have some good productive conversations with people. Tales10-4-cover-big I came home to find the final illustrations waiting for the last issue of Tales of the Talisman Magazine. So I spent much of this week finishing the layout. Today, I wrote my final introduction for the magazine. We’ll be proofreading in the coming week, then sending it to the printer. Needless to say, this has been something of a week for reflection.

When I started Tales of the Talisman in 2005, I was working as a full time writer and editor. No one was more surprised than me at the end of 2007 when I received a call from Kitt Peak National Observatory asking…

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