Monthly Archives: November 2010

The End of the Princess Movie?

“Rapunzel” Goes Gender-Neutral by Sadie Stein,, March 9, 2010 Since Disney believes the title “Frog Princess” alienated boys, “Rapunzel” is now “Tangled.” Happily ever after? Says the producer, “In our film, the infamous bandit Flynn Rider meets his match in … Continue reading

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The changing meaning of weddings

Interview with Rebecca Mead, author of “One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding” by Hannah Wallace,, May 21, 2007 Rebecca Mead’s obsession with the marketing of weddings began three years ago, when she wrote a story for the … Continue reading

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How Princess Diana changed her culture

Why Diana Mattered Rebel Heart: From shy bride to passionate campaigner, Diana, Princess of Wales didn’t just transform herself—she changed her country by Catherine Mayer, Time Magazine, August 16, 2007 The British have always been good at silence — at family … Continue reading

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Royal Weddings, Realities and Fantasy

The Princess Bride: Royal Weddings for Everyone by Kathy E. Shrout, April 25, 2011, rd Magazine   Tiaras. All the best brides are wearing them. It’s a fairy-tale opener with a contemporary coda: Once upon a time, Prince William, the … Continue reading

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Advice From a Cartoon Princess

Advice for Young Girls, from Ariel, Belle and Snow White! “You should always find a stranger to obsess over, and then genetically modify yourself for that stranger.” “Find a man who wants to imprison you with his love. The longer you’re … Continue reading

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Life in the Romanov Palace

Maria and Anastasia’s Bedroom from The Alexander Palace Time Machine Immediately after the departure of the Romanovs for Siberia in August 1917 the palace was closed for a short for inventory, and then a series of rooms, mostly Parade Halls, … Continue reading

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Imperial Russia, in Living Colour

Rare Color Photos Of The Russian Empire At The Turn Of The Century These rare color photos by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii document the Russian empire between 1909 and 1915. With the support of Tsar Nicholas II, Prokudin-Gorskii traveled throughout the … Continue reading

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America in Color: Depression-Era Photography

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The … Continue reading

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Songs are like tattoos, you know…

In Which She May Bake Some Brownies Today Loo Loo Loo Loo Loo By Emily Gould,, April 2, 2010 Ladies of the Canyon ushered in a period of unprecedented commercial success for Joni Mitchell. Warner Brothers marketed the album explicitly … Continue reading

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Girl Power, A History

Pop Tarts! The epic story of the rise and fall of Britney, Christina, Mandy, and the rest of the pop princesses The Daily Book Beast, February 15, 2010 Excerpt from Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music by Marisa Meltzer By … Continue reading

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