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Crossposts

On #Reign, Rape And Sexual Assault As Plot Device

Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of rape and sexual assault. Let me start by saying that Reign is a great show. I started watching during the break between seasons one and two and haven’t turned back since. In a lot of ways, Reign is typical CW fare, pretty people’s pretty problems, but in others, it’s a very progressive […]

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31 Days of Halloween

31 Days of Halloween — Day 6, “Lake Mungo”

The Palmers are a family struggling to cope with a devastating loss – the death of their 16-year-old daughter Alice in a drowning accident. The little family – mom, dad, and older brother – can’t quite put the pieces back together in the months after her body was found. Mother June refuses to accept that her daughter is […]

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Movies

Oculus: Or Why I Was Right to be Scared of Mirrors

Official Synopsis: A brother and sister reunite 11 years after a tragedy in order to destroy the evil mirror responsible for the death of their parents. Snap Synopsis: HAUNTED MIRROR. NOPE. “OH SHIT!” Moments: Lost track. Just never buy antiques or peer into a mirror ever again.

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Books

Ready Player One by Ernest C. Cline

This is not my kind of book. In fact, I only read it because someone else insisted I preview it before they give it a try. I have little interest in cyberlaw (just check out my grade in that class) and know very little about videogame culture, and even less about classic arcade culture. (Except […]

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We try it!

We Try It: BzzAgent

Do you like to get free stuff? Excellent! You should totally sign up for BzzAgent, a site that matches you with companies that will send you free products or give you access to free services in exchange for reviews.

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Books

Book Review: While You’re Away, Part 1

There’s been a lot of buzz in the past year or so about the “new adult” genre. Seems like it’s still finding its legs. From what I can gather, the characters are a little older than those in young adult. There’s often some sort of college setting. Definitely more sex.

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Books

Interview: Susane Colasanti, YA Author, “All I Need”

I love YA. Anyone who’s ever said hello to me, seen my bursting bookshelves or gone to a book signing where I’m the oldest one there without a tween in tow, knows that.

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Books

Books: “Pastors’ Wives” by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

I’ve been thinking a lot about religion. For many years I tried to avoid the topic. I grew up Catholic, have 13 years of parochial education, and a degree from a Jesuit university. I felt done. 

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Books

Hot Reads: “Sinner’s Heart” by Zoe Archer

There are many downsides to being a critic. Like when you write a theater review that has people accusing you of being a soulless hipster AND a Starbucks-swilling millenial. Thanks, Internet! But you know what I like about my part-time gig?

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Books

Mini-Reviews: “Who Done It?”, “Here I Go Again” and “Hooked”

When Chicago winter rears its ugly, black icy, snow swirly head, all I want to do is stay inside and read books. I don’t want to work. I don’t want to go out. I don’t want to get the flu, but that happened last week. But you know the great thing about the flu (after […]

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Books

An Embarrassment of Reading Riches

It is the age-old book lover’s lament: I will likely not live long enough to read all the things I want to read, so I’d rather not spend my time with another lazy journalist.

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Books

Interview: Bestselling Author Jacquelyn Mitchard

My latest book fetish is edge-of-your-seat awesomeness – so I was happy as a clam to receive an ARC of Jacquelyn Mitchard’s What We Saw At Night. First, it’s a suspenseful and romantic journey with a kickass heroine, who uses a rare light sensitivity to her advantage by practicing extreme sports with her best friends – and […]

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Books

Book Review: “Between You and Me”

I’ve followed Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus for a decade now, ever since they burst onto the scene with the bestselling domestic tell-all The Nanny Diaries. Their follow-up, Citizen Girl, was also excellent, with a feminist protagonist struggling to stay employed while maintaining her values. I feel they’ve lost their edge in recent years, with […]

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Style

Smells Like Summer: Fragrances You Might Like To Try!

Let’s just say that the summer of 2012 is going to be, against a few or all odds, the very best summer of your life. I hope it is! And let’s just say you want a certain scent that says, “Yayyy summer” to you now, and reminds you of the good times when you smell […]

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Feminism

Ladyblogs You Should Be Reading: Roxane Gay

I first became acquainted with Roxane Gay’s writing through The Rumpus and HTMLGiant, where she often talks about fiction, its process, and also matters of gender and racial equality when it comes to the attention media outlets give writers. Currently, she is an assistant professor of English at Eastern Illinois University. The child of Haitian […]