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The Right to Bare Arms

February 12, 2013

Over the past few decades, I’ve watched the increase in women going sleeveless, strapless, and backless in all sorts of situations, including conference rooms and boardrooms—places in which men would never consider baring their upper arms (or p [...]

Do You Work With a Bartleby?

February 1, 2013

Here in the opening weeks of the year, everyone is back at work and reminded of the little things that irk them about their job. It may be a lousy parking space, a windowless office, or a boss who doesn't listen. Many of you also work with an annoy [...]

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The Haunted Hotels of Los Angeles

January 30, 2013

Why does Elizabeth Short—the Black Dahlia—haunt the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles? True, it was the last place she was seen alive, but why doesn’t she haunt the sad stretch of sidewalk in South Los Angeles where her body was found? W [...]

Born on the Fourth of July

January 29, 2013

  Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July   The following post by Deni Béchard is part of our online companion to our Winter 2013 issue on Classic Hollywood. Click here for an overview of the issue. ——— The film that I most r [...]

Lost With Waters

January 28, 2013

  Pranav Bhatt / Flickr   The following post by Alex Koplow is part of our online companion to our Winter 2013 issue on Classic Hollywood. Click here for an overview of the issue. ——— Speeding through unfamiliar Los Ang [...]

Nobody Knows the Stars Like The Star

January 23, 2013

The following post by Courtney Watson is part of our online companion to our Winter 2013 issue on Classic Hollywood. Click here for an overview of the issue. ——— My grandmother called them rag sheets. This was back in the day when tabl [...]

The Actress and The Comedienne (Or “Free Lunch”)

January 14, 2013

  Renée S / Flickr   The following post by Brett Paesel is part of our online companion to our Winter 2013 issue on Classic Hollywood. (Click here for an overview.) This essay first appeared at Brett Paesel's blog, Last of [...]

The King Eddy Saloon and the Issue of Authenticity

January 11, 2013

  The King Eddy Saloon, Los Angeles   The following guest post by Aaron Gilbreath (@AaronGilbreath) is part of our online companion to our Winter 2013 issue on Classic Hollywood. (Click here for an overview.) ——— At dinner in [...]

What Is Feminism? It’s No Longer a Useful Question

December 17, 2012

  Monica Byrne   Editor’s note: During Fall 2012, VQR has been running a series called What Is Feminism?, in which a diverse range of women writers discuss their definition, idea, or experience of feminism. For more background, tak [...]

What Is Feminism? by Darrelyn Saloom

December 4, 2012

Editor’s note: The following post is part of a series in which a diverse range of women writers discuss their definition, idea, or experience of feminism. For more background, take a look at our Fall 2012 issue, which features “Bad Fe [...]

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