Truth Is Weirder Than Children’s Fiction

One of my favorite college classes examined children’s literature through the lens of cultural attitudes towards childhood. For example, the Brothers Grimm wrote all those dark, scary tales of witches & evil forests because in their day (early 19th century), childhood was just a smaller version of an awful adulthood. Poorer kids had to work […]

New Show Recap

Recap: America’s Next Top Model, Episode 16.3, “‘A Little John Galliano Never Hurt Anybody.’ Right? RIGHT?!”

Friends, it’s MAKEOVER WEEK on America‚Äôs Next Top Model! You know, the week every cycle when Tyra gives most of the girls really pretty new looks, but then dyes one model’s hair three shades of puke green, shaves off one of her eyebrows, replaces it with a winking tattoo of Linda Evangelista, and then declares […]


Google Books: A World Library in the Palm of Your Hand

I am not always one to embrace innovation, and I’ve resisted ebooks for a long time. I do a lot of reading on my laptop and smartphone, but I didn’t want read books on either device, and I certainly didn’t want to invest in yet another device to my tech arsenal. Then Mr. Sally J […]