Amber Tamblyn Stresses The Importance Of Turning Rage Into Action

By Yvonne Villarreal
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Part memoir, part call to arms, Amber Tamblyn’ s new book “Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution” is a collection of essays which explore of Tamblyn’s feminist evolution.


Amber Tamblyn remembers submitting “Paint It Black,” a film she co-wrote and directed, to a well-known film festival and being told by organizers that, while they liked it, they felt the slot for an actress-turned-writer/director had already been filled at the festival that year.

“I just want you to imagine them saying that to Bradley Cooper,” Tamblyn told a crowd during her appearance Sunday on the main stage at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

“When we give men opportunities predominately,” she continued, “we see it as an investment. When we’re giving it to women, when we’re giving it to marginalized voices, we’re seeing it as a gamble. And that’s been the problem for so long.”

It’s something Tamblyn unpacks in her timely book “Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution.”

Part memoir, part call to arms, the collection of essays functions as an exploration of Tamblyn’s feminist evolution and an exhortation against systemic sexism and misogyny _ with reflections on the recent presidential election and the rise of the #MeToo movement.

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