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Unshelved: The Not-So-Casual Vacancy

Unshelved: The Not-So-Casual Vacancy

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09/11/2018

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

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09/04/2018

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

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08/31/2018

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

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08/08/2018

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…

Unshelved: Apocalypse Now?

Unshelved: Apocalypse Now?

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07/30/2018

It’s starting to feel like the collapse of Western civilization is upon us. This week, I read a pocket-sized, 79-page book called The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View From the Future by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. I originally bought this book for a class that I ended up dropping my first semester…

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….

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