August 2017 Reading Goals

A new month is upon us and with it brings new selection of books to read. I'm usually not the type to be so forthcoming and plan ahead my reading schedule (I meander by nature when it comes to books). Books come when and where they do, often without my control or foreknowledge. Occasionally I … Continue reading August 2017 Reading Goals

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Arundhati Roy on “the only dream worth having”

Arundhati Roy's non-fiction pieces are smart, polemic, and courageous. In her fiction, Roy tackles family dynamics, but her non-fiction tackles governments and big institutions alike. In her book The Cost of Living, there are two essays, one on Big Dams, titled "The Greater Common Good", and other other, titled "The End of Imagination" is on nuclear … Continue reading Arundhati Roy on “the only dream worth having”

Was William M. Thackeray a feminist?

I just finished reading Thackeray's most well-known novel Vanity Fair. The question as to whether Thackeray's Vanity Fair is a feminist novel has been sticking in my mind for a while now? And even further, so what constitutes a "feminist" novel? Thackeray's portrayal of women, complicated women makes for a good case: wily Becky Sharp and gentler … Continue reading Was William M. Thackeray a feminist?

The “creative act” of reading

I'm backlogged like you wouldn't believe, but here it is: this week's Inspiration post. In a recent and in-depth interview with PW.org, or the Poets and Writers Magazine, Laura Miller of Slate magazine, and the co-founder of Salon, an online-only magazine, Miller was asked about her reason for writing about writing (and reading) for a literary column. Her answer … Continue reading The “creative act” of reading