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News

Friday News Bites: Airline Pranks, Gabriel García Márquez, Pulitzers + More

Happy Friday, everyone. Bit of a short roundup this week because I am currently on a whirlwind NW book tour/vacation and am poaching some Wi-Fi. I mean… I’m nicely borrowing it for a few minutes. So let’s get right to it.

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Books

Reading the Man Booker Prize 2013: The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

And there you have it: In what the bookmakers had down as a close finish between Jim Crace and Colm Tóibín, Eleanor Catton has won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries. At 28, she is the youngest author to have won the prize, and The Luminaries is also the longest work […]

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Perspectives

Why Advent?

Ah, Halloween, that holy day of candy and costumes, gluttony and tricks. Most of us have lost sight of the meaning behind the holiday, forgetting to honor the dead; instead using the day for fun and frivolity (yes, we do so at our house) and as a kick-off for the “holiday season.” Halloween has become […]

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News

News Appetizers: OMG, Mittens, YOU MUST BE JOKING

Oh kittens. Oh, ho, ho ho, kittens. Lets be clear: it’s all about the news, and well, the news can be what the French refer to as quelle horreur.

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Perspectives

Banned Books, Bible School, and Bakhtin

Or, How Four Years at an Assemblies of God School Taught Me to Value Literature

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Pop Culture

The Dangers of Mystical Pregnancy as Entertainment

The mystical pregnancy is a cheap ploy that almost always serves to completely remove the character”™s identity as anything but a vessel for the being inside her. Even worse, very rarely does the character gain her identity back, derailing any character development that had previously taken place.

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Losing My Religion

I didn’t drink, smoke, or experiment with drugs when I was in high school. I didn’t stay out past my curfew; I didn’t even have a curfew.  That’s because my adolescent rebellion took place between 9 am and 11 am on Sunday mornings.  That’s right; my rebellious teenage phase was that I went to church.  […]