Iris Vander Pluym is the online ‘nym of an artist, activist and writer living in New York City. She has a B.A. in Communications, having graduated cum laude from an East Coast state university of no particular note. Iris has written professionally on the subjects of music technology and production techniques, and has interviewed various recording artists for publications such as Keyboard and Electronic Musician. Raised to respect the adage that one should never opine on the topics of politics, religion or sex in polite company, it turns out that those are pretty much the only subjects she has any interest in discussing. A self-described unapologetic, godless liberal, Ms. Vander Pluym blogs regularly at Perry Street Palace. Follow her on Twitter @irisvanderpluym.
Recent Essays by Iris Vander Pluym
By Iris Vander Pluym - 12.08.13
‘Tis the holiday season! Some of us are fortunate enough to be surrounded by wonderful friends and family, to whom giving gifts is sheer joy. On the other hand, there are people for whom we are obliged to provide token offerings at this time of year, even though they are terrible human beings singularly devoted to making the world a much worse place: a
By Iris Vander Pluym - 11.10.13
Some people really should just shut up.
First there's David Petraeus. After getting caught with his pants down* and being forced to resign as CIA Director, Petraeus has been a very, very busy conservative trying to reclaim some of his former glory. Petraeus is one of those smart conservatives—by far the most dangerous subspecies (think Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts). Seriously, this d00d has a Ph.D. in International Relations from Princeton.
By Iris Vander Pluym on 10.20.13
[TRIGGER WARNINGS GALORE: violence, harassment, rape, terrorism,
contempt for agency, animal cruelty.]
Abortion providers in the United States have been the targets of terrorism* for decades. Since 1977 so-called “pro-life” elements have engaged in more than 175,000 reported acts of disruption (including bomb threats, anthrax scares, chemical assaults...