three things to watch, listen to, and read this week

Start your week the right way. In celebration of International Women's Day last week, I've got a bunch of ladies to recommend to you.

Watch: Mustang, directed by Deniz Gamze Erg├╝ven
In a Turkish village, five orphaned sisters live under strict rule while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages.

I watched this film a couple of years ago and it is still so poignant and I continue to reflect on it. Think The Virgin Suicides with even darker themes.

Listen: Semper Femina, by Laura Marling
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Laura Marling's sixth studio album is pure cozy, folky melodies. “I started out writing ‘Semper Femina’ as if a man was writing about a woman,” she told the magazine Fader by email. “And then I thought it’s not a man, it’s me — I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy of the way I’m looking and feeling about women.”

Read: The Neopolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante
The Neapolitan Novels is a 4-part series by the Italian novelist Elena Ferrante, and include the texts: My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child. The series follows the lives of two perceptive and intelligent girls, Elena Greco and Raffaella Cerullo, from childhood to adulthood as they try to create lives for themselves amidst the violent and stultifying culture of their home– a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Italy.

I'm about halfway through the final book in this series, and I'm already devastated that my time in these engrossing novels is almost at an end. They've essentially reached a cult-like following, with good reason: you really becoming utterly absorbed by the lives of the two main characters. 

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