Kate Bolick is redefining what it means to be a single woman in today’s culture, and we’re so on board with what she’s espousing.
In her debut book Spinster, the Brooklyn-based journalist explores the positive aspects and possibilities of unmarried life, rejecting the archaic idea that all women must marry in order to enjoy a fulfilling existence.
Ahead, we talk to Bolick about dating, female empowerment and her journey from serial monogomist to self-described “spinster.”
What made you want to write this book?
In the late 1990s, when I was in my 20s, I noticed that pop culture offered very limited examples of single women. And so began what became a very long habit of seeking out examples from the past—such as the novelist
Gustav Klimt’s breathtaking portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer is now on view in a can’t-miss exhibition at New York’s Neue Galerie.
“The Woman in Gold: Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer” showcases the Austrian painter’s famous work and explores the close relationship between Klimt and his subject through related paintings, vintage photographs and archival material.
The exhibition also tell the story of how Bloch-Bauer’s niece, Maria Altmann, successfully reclaimed the portrait and four other family-owned Klimt paintings that were seized by the Nazis during World War II. “The Woman in Gold” coincides with the newly-released movie by the same name, starring Helen Mirren as Altmann and Ryan Reynolds as her lawyer.