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March 22, 2009

Joan Acocella Asks: Why So Familiar With Female Artists?

In a letter to the editor of The New York Times Book Review, New Yorker dance critic Joan Acocella poses an excellent question. "I am writing, as I have before," she begins, "to ask why the Book Review allows reviewers to call female artists by their first names."

Read it for yourself if you haven't (and, uh, try to ignore the lowercase "c" that's crept into "O'Connor" in the headline).
March 22, 2009 7:18 PM | | Comments (1)


Since I'm on the Blender beat here, I'd just like to mention that for all the skin the mag put on its cover, Craig Marks forbade this bad sexist habit, and Joe Levy maintained the standard. I notice, however, that Acocella doesn't cite another group subjected disproportionately to the first-name treatment: African-Americans. Then again, it's always seemed to me that for a dance critic Acocella doesn't write about many African-Americans.

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