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Getting Curious About <i>Getting Curious</i>

Getting Curious About Getting Curious


Jonathan Van Ness strides onto the stage in high-heeled boots, his long hair flowing and his ultra-stylish outfit perfectly accentuating his form. He takes a seat and greets the audience, waving frantically and beaming from ear to ear. He says, “Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness, and every week I sit down for…

Unshelved: The Power of Womanhood in <i>The Red Tent</i>

Unshelved: The Power of Womanhood in The Red Tent


This article will discuss major plot details (including the ending) of The Red Tent. The Red Tent is an epic of biblical proportions. No, really. Anita Diamant’s novel tells the story of Jacob’s daughter Dinah, no more than a passing footnote in the Bible’s Book of Genesis. Diamant’s novel retells recognizable events through Dinah’s eyes…

Unshelved: Call Me a Classic

Unshelved: Call Me a Classic


Ever since I saw Call Me By Your Name (2017), I’ve wanted to read the book. The film was so beautiful: the dreamlike Italian setting, the connection between the two main characters, the romance. I thought, I’d love to get inside that character’s head. And when I finally got around to reading André Aciman’s novel,…

“Dangerous Women” Are Not Responsible For Men’s Behavior

“Dangerous Women” Are Not Responsible For Men’s Behavior


Content Warning: This piece discusses substance abuse and death. “You made him do it. This is all your fault. I’m 100% blaming this on you. Kill yourself.” After Mac Miller died of an apparent drug overdose on September 7, Ariana Grande, international popstar and Miller’s ex-girlfriend, received countless hateful messages on social media, blaming her…

Unshelved: The Not-So-Casual Vacancy

Unshelved: The Not-So-Casual Vacancy


Nothing beats Harry Potter (which I’m sure author J.K. Rowling is tired of hearing). But seriously, after Rowling finished writing the Harry Potter series, the lack of a new book every few years left a vacant space in my preadolescent life. Sure, she created Pottermore and supplied loyal fans with tidbits here and there that…

Unshelved: Assault and Vengeance in <i>The Round House</i>

Unshelved: Assault and Vengeance in The Round House


Stories of sexual assault are incredibly difficult to tell. This book, and my column, simply try to do so. Also, I acknowledge that different Native communities prefer different identifying terms (“Native American,”  “Indian,” “American Indian,” etc) For the purposes of continuity in this column, I will use “Native American” and “Native.” Louise Erdrich’s novel, The…

Call Me By My Name

Call Me By My Name


When I posted a column online entitled “Confessions of a Serial Orgasm Faker,” my first instinct was to publish it anonymously. I mean, “Serial Orgasm Faker” isn’t exactly what I’d want my business card to read. What if a future employer Googles my name? But the decision to claim the story as my own helped…

<i>Alias Grace</i>: Excavating Female Sexuality

Alias Grace: Excavating Female Sexuality


Margaret Atwood’s particular brand of dystopian feminism is back in style. With all the hype surrounding the television adaptation of her most famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, another Atwood adaptation has flown pretty much under the radar. I first read Alias Grace the summer before my senior year of high school, and I was intrigued…

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