Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thought you might be interested Thursday

While I have yet to read Jill Lepore's The Secret History of Wonder Woman, I have spent time watching and reading interviews with the author about the book.   Two standouts from the videos:
  1. Stephen Colbert tells Lepore he's more of a feminist than she is. (see clip, this exchange starts at ~4:30)
  2. The Smith College archive librarian―thinking about whether there are Wonder Woman, Marston, or Byrne folders in the Ms. magazine archives―says "Oh my God! Wonder Woman is Margaret Sanger." To which Lepore replied, "Shhhhhhhhhh." (see BEA Librarian Breakfast 2014, also below)

Each video has a particular focus so if you have time, watch them all.   And if you read the book and want to write a review for this blog, email me,

"The Secret History of Wonder Woman" on BookTV : "Jill Lepore examines the feminist underpinnings of the superhero Wonder Woman. The author reports on the unconventional life of Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, a psychologist and inventor of the lie detector. Jill Lepore speaks with KPCC radio host Alex Cohen at the Los Angeles Public Library."

Still not sure you want to read the book?   Take a look at NPR's The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds and then decide.

I will leave you with this from Lepore's talk at Radcliffe:

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