Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: How to Be Both by Ali Smith

It’s literature prize season, and the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize has been revealed! On its way to becoming the most important prize of them all, the Man Booker jury now accepts entries from all English-speaking writers published in the UK, opening up the contest for the American market. The much-anticipated onslaught of American novels has not happened this year, with only two writers making it onto the list of six finalists. There aren’t many big surprises, other than David Mitchell staying behind *boo hiss*, but at first glance, 2014 looks like a good year. Read More Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: How to Be Both by Ali Smith

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Get your clicking fingers ready, because ladyblogland delivered this past week.

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Deconstructing #NotYourAsianSidekick

I have been hesitant to write about the recent twitter phenomenon of #NotYourAsianSidekick since it came out back in December. During the peak of its worldwide reach, conversations on Asian American feminism dominated Twitter, urging people to participate and to stay engaged with what others were saying about Asian American feminism and activism. Read More Deconstructing #NotYourAsianSidekick

My Job/My Self

When I was in second grade, we had a class fashion show in which we all dressed as what we wanted to be when we grew up. One by one, each of us got up from out seats (it was a very avant-garde fashion show in which the models didn’t walk a runway but rather sat in rows of chairs, facing the audience), walked over to a microphone, and read a little speech we had prepared.  Read More My Job/My Self

Persephone Pioneers: Rachael Booth

I recently had the privilege to speak with Rachael Booth, an activist, speaker, feminist, and the author of Star Light, Star Bright: The Story of a Wish Come True, the incredible story of Rachael’s early life and process of becoming a woman.  Not only is a she an author, but she holds a degree (Cum Laude) in Computer Science and Specialized Foreign Language, speaks Mandarin, Arabic and a handful of other languages, AND she also holds a second-degree black belt in Okinawa Kenpo Karate and weaponry and she sings. In a nutshell, she is an amazing woman.  Now you should get to know Rachael”¦ Read More Persephone Pioneers: Rachael Booth

When Do You Become a Writer?

While many professions and pastimes may have their own self-identity troubles, I think writers have a particularly difficult time accepting if and when they are “writers.” Read More When Do You Become a Writer?