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Unshelved: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

Unshelved: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

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06/20/2018

I’ve always had a really close relationship with my dad. We have the same bizarre sense of humor and love of music and movies. I have vivid memories of falling asleep in front of the TV leaning on his shoulder, struggling to keep our eyes open after watching our third movie. I was raised on…

Unshelved: The Power of Speech in Pygmalion

Unshelved: The Power of Speech in Pygmalion

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06/15/2018

So I clearly had a lot of thoughts about Pygmalion. In another article, I wrote about whether I consider Eliza Doolittle to be a feminist role model. But now I want to talk about the politicization of speech and the imposition of behavioral constraints in this novel. Speech plays an essential role in Pygmalion. Eliza,…

Unshelved: Is Eliza Doolittle A Feminist Role Model?

Unshelved: Is Eliza Doolittle A Feminist Role Model?

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06/15/2018

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a bookshelf full of books in your room at home just begging to be read. For holidays and birthdays, family members and friends contemplate gifts and immediately think “book.” You’ve done a fair bit of collecting yourself over the years, as used bookstores seem to be your weakness….

Finding Catharsis Through Entertainment

Finding Catharsis Through Entertainment

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06/14/2018

Ross Geller opens the door and says, “Hey. I just got my teacher evaluations. Check out what this one student wrote. ‘I loved Dr. Geller’s class. Mind-blowing lectures. Dr. Geller, you are definitely the hottie of the paleontology department.’” Chandler Bing responds, “Ah, hotties of the paleontology department. There’s a big-selling calendar, eh?”   It’s…

<i>Runaways</i> Breaks New Ground

Runaways Breaks New Ground

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05/01/2018

There’s been good Marvel TV shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones). There’s been bad ones (Iron Fist, Inhumans). And there’s even been ones that were just okay (Defenders). Marvel’s latest endeavor, Runaways, is something else entirely. The show opens with Alex Wilder (Rhenzy Feliz) trying to reunite with his friends Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano), Karolina Dean (Virginia…

A Case for the Classics: <i>Field of Dreams</i>

A Case for the Classics: Field of Dreams

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04/30/2018

If you’re not crying almost immediately after Field of Dreams starts, then you’re not human. People always call it the best sports movie of all time, but it’s more than that. It’s one of the best narratives about humanity, family, taking chances, and following your heart. It’s simply one of the best movies of all…

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