Arts Express: Beyond Mothers Day Special

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A World Without Princes: Author Soman Chainani talks female caricatures in folklore; the demonization of moms and stepmothers in fairy tales; and the contrasting cultural imperatives of the Brothers Grimm with contemporary mandated dominance of consumerism and the box office in Disney reinterpretations of those tales.

An Alternative View Of Mothers Day: In the Fiction Corner, Debra Wallace reads from her short story, Bananas For Harry. A look beyond the celebratory commercialization of the holiday, with a tribute to struggling mothers in crisis and pain.

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The Girl And Death: Dutch director Jos Stelling is on the line to Arts Express from Holland, to describe his unusual approach to dramatic features anchored in ‘the secrets behind what you are seeing’ ; the spaces in between the reality unfolding; and concepts that kick in like revenge, desire, hope and hate. And what all that may have to do with the clash between Russian artistic sensibility and Dutch Calvinism. And finally, Stelling apologizes for being a morning person.

Poetry Corner: Activist people’s poet Cheryl Clarke reads from her work.

Prairie Miller is a New York multimedia journalist online, in print and radio, who reviews movies and conducts in-depth interviews. She can also be heard on WBAI/Pacifica National Radio Network’s Arts Express.