Category Archives: politics

Book Review: KILLING THE POORMASTER by Holly Metz

In my tenth grade history class, we spent approximately three days on the Depression (1929-1941ish).  And we learned the following things: The Depression was very depressing!  Everything was sepia-toned and ill-fitting, one-shouldered overalls were the national uniform. No one in … Continue reading

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Expecting a Novel? EXPECTING: A NOVEL.

Lula Belle’s Expecting: A Novel has been sitting on our coffee table for the past week and change, except for the evening I spent devouring it instead of going to bed at a reasonable time like I’d planned.  The Fiance … Continue reading

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THE HUNGER GAMES Movie: It Has Black In It

By which, of course, I’m referring to the dismal decision to cast some random black cat as Buttercup, instead of the adorable, sweet, innocent yellow tabby I totally pictured him as.  Why did the producers have to make all the … Continue reading

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My Graduate Studies Will Be Intersectional or They Will Be Bull@*(#!

Intersectionality Theory:  A way of looking at texts so as to trace simultaneously the interlocking oppressions they describe and enforce; a recognition that authors, characters, and societies produce and are products of all their particular privileges and oppressions acting at … Continue reading

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On Trayvon Martin, Michael Donald, and “The Last Lynching in America”

You’ve probably heard by now about the Feb. 28 death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black Florida boy who was shot to death by 28-year-old Hispanic neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman (Zimmerman has admitted pulling the trigger) for reasons Zimmerman and … Continue reading

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What We Talk About When We Talk About “Inappropriate” Books for Kids

I’ve been re-reading Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games series in preparation for the first movie, which comes out at the end of March.  I’ve also been re-thinking about the challenge that put The Hunger Games on the ALA’s “Books Challenged and/or Banned in … Continue reading

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On Troy Davis

Troy Davis has been denied a stay of execution. He is scheduled to die by lethal injection tonight at 7 pm. I’ve been following this case since I was in law school and since before the U.S. Supreme Court granted … Continue reading

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