Why George Saunders' debut novel disappoints. Lincoln in the Bardo is George Saunders' highly anticipated first full-length novel. Saunders has been critically acclaimed for his short story collections that condemn the unobservant, the complacent, and the present. Hilariously tragic or tragically hilarious, Saunders had not failed to use our own humanity against us… Continue reading The Mortal Novel: A review.
The Kitchen, phone in hand: Phone in hand, you lean on your kitchen counter. It is sticky even though you don't cook. You think to call your dad because there isn't romanticism enough in filling out a police report, not for this kind of intrusion. It's too intimate for check boxes and you think how… Continue reading Missing Things [Pt. 2, the key]
I've been drawing too much with my eraser.
Ivanka Trump could be a herald of women's rights and family support under the Trump Administration. But she chooses not to be. Ivanka is a mother and a wife and the daughter of the president. As such, her word should be important to her father and the public alike. She could be a sounding board and… Continue reading Family Ties: Calling on Presidents’ daughters! You have a duty too, even if you didn’t choose it.
Because I read! Reading: it's escapism, even when it's non-fiction. If I can't find it in real life, I'll write it. (SPOILERs!!) Here are 10 of the books responsible for my desire to write, in order of when I read them: 1. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster Damn, if you like puns… Continue reading Why do I write?
[Pt. I of a thought in progress] I've heard the claim that women are vulnerable physiologically. We have holes that leave us exposed and so we can be penetrated. Our ability to be forged into makes us weak. But what weapon is more terrifying: the knife? Handheld and stiff, un-majestically whirled nauseatingly into the body? Or… Continue reading Pu$$y Pow3R
"Brevity is the soul of wit"- so said a famously not-brief bard. I wonder now if Shakespeare was being sarcastic. But when it comes to academia I don't think he could be more right. What better example of a person's understanding than their ability to totally summarize and shrink an idea to a pocket-sized nugget of… Continue reading Death to the word-count!!