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Wonder Woman's Secret Past



In the magazine this week, Jill Lepore investigates the female superhero’s feminist origins:

"It isn’t only that Wonder Woman’s backstory is taken from feminist utopian fiction. It’s that, in creating Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston was profoundly influenced by…

Lightnin’ Hopkins playing at a party


What are you doing on this side of the dark?
You chose that side, and those you left
feel your image across their sleeping lids
as a blinding atomic blast…

—An excerpt from Mary Karr's poem "Face Down," in this week’s issue. (via newyorker)

(via newyorker)