“With all our sophistication and all our education and all our wealth, in the greatest city in the greatest state on the planet, we still discriminate against women,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo today during a speech at the Yale Club. “There is a subtle bias, but it is there.”(1)
Had Rosler, she asked, drawn any new conclusions on her idea of the garage sale as a self-image? “Well, the artist is always the last to know!” Rosler joked. “But I have to say, it’s remarkable—I’m not that surprised—but it’s remarkable to me to see an active resistance of people to thinking of this as anything other than a space in which they get to buy something they want, and in which we are here to serve them. And who are quite grumpy about the possibility that something else might be infusing it with what it is.”
But this wasn't a book party, or a reading, or the launch of the latest issue of some literary magazine. It was a consciousness-raising. At least that was the intention; technically, it was a fund-raiser for VIDA, the advocacy group for women in the literary arts, sponsored by the Penguin imprint Riverhead.
Kirsten Gillibrand got a surprise in late February when the Obama administration announced, in a procedural about-face, that it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act against legal challenges.
It's the great fear familiar to the city's creative class: When you're young and have energy, ideas and looks, you lack the maturity and the power-base to make them meaningful; but hurrying that along, you lose the energy. Where is that perfect moment where youth and energy and power collide, and you make something that's magic?