Interview with Hannah Hohman

By: Alicia Montellanos

45654-w100#FemaleGaze got the opportunity to converse with Foreword Reviews editorial intern, Hannah Hohman about her internship, the perfect book review, and the representation of women in history books. Hannah’s short story “Tattoo” is published in the 2014 National Writers Series Literary Journal anthology, alongside with some of her friends from the Front Street Writers program

How did you get interested in writing book reviews?

Hohman: I’ve always loved to read and, as any bookworm can tell you, reading books for a living is basically the ultimate dream. But I actually fell into my job a little by accident. Continue reading “Interview with Hannah Hohman”

“Finding value in the vulnerability”: Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl

By Alicia Montellanos

“Jumpers” is a song by Sleater Kinney released in 2005, and one that I’ve listened to since my early high school years. It is a song I hold dear because of its meaning. “Jumpers” is specifically about the suicides at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, but it is also about
suicide in general. It is about being tired of the meaninglessness of one’s life, the kind of exhaustion that leads you to say, “I’m done.” I identify myself with this feeling (although I’ve never tried to act on it) and “Jumpers” embodies that feeling, not just lyrically, but also through sound.

This is one of the many reasons, but perhaps the most personal, for why I read and am here reviewing Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl. Continue reading ““Finding value in the vulnerability”: Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl”

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy’s lecture on The Walking Dead and American Indian Studies

By: Alicia Montellanos

“Why I Teach ‘The Walking Dead’ in American Indian Studies Classes”: Settler Colonialism, Zombies and the End of the World. This is the title of the lecture given by Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, who is a new professor in the Department of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University. She includes The Walking Dead in her American Indian Studies Classes, as the title of her lecture clearly states. But, it is at first odd to see what the relationship might be between The Walking Dead and American Indian studies, that these two things have anything in common with each other. Continue reading “Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy’s lecture on The Walking Dead and American Indian Studies”

The Responsibilities of Being a Famous Artist

By Alicia Montellanos

hana hunterJana Hunter, musician and singer of Lower Dens, recently raised a very important question relevant to the present consumption of entertainment: Who are artists working for? Are artists working for themselves or for the truth? Continue reading “The Responsibilities of Being a Famous Artist”

“So, what is it like to be a girl in a band?”; Kim Gordon’s Girl in a Band

By: Alicia Montellanos

If you wegirl in a band coverre born in the 90s (or later), as I was, it can be hard to understand the importance of Sonic Youth in music. It can also be hard to appreciate the impact Kim Gordon had, and still has, for women in the music industry. However, Gordon’s new memoir, Girl in a Band, facilitates understanding the latter, offering insight not only about what the book title states, but also about the art and music scene of New York in the 80s, being “a California girl” in New York, as well as being a wife and a rock-and-roll mother. Continue reading ““So, what is it like to be a girl in a band?”; Kim Gordon’s Girl in a Band”