On criticism

Starting The YA Wallpaper with Gretchen has been a lot of fun. We're just getting going and I think we're doing something different from what anyone else is doing when they engage the genre. We're taking it on its own terms: YA is a serious genre taking on serious issues and expects more of its readers … Continue reading On criticism

Introducing: The YA Wallpaper

I'm going to be giving the Immodesty Rail series a rest for now and turn to something else that's been making me excited lately. Sometimes I rant about books on Twitter. Sometimes I write stupid posts about books that annoy me. And I always I grumble about bad writing with my inner feminist curmudgeon. But … Continue reading Introducing: The YA Wallpaper

Why I’m a feminist: books & opinions of my own

I was talking with some friends this week about favorite childhood books (we're still not over Sheftu. True story.) and I realized that reading good stories with strong female characters built a lot of subconscious mental structure which helped me see women as equal to men, and drove me to be skeptical of the soft … Continue reading Why I’m a feminist: books & opinions of my own

Short Stories: an announcement and a giveaway

I love reading. When I was in third grade, my mom had me make a list of all the books I'd read in the last year. Once we got through the library loan records and my Sonlight reading list, I discovered that I'd read between two and three hundred books that year. When I was … Continue reading Short Stories: an announcement and a giveaway

Lord of the Flies: Really?

Since graduation, I've been trying to keep reading works in the canon of great Western literature (likely an unattainable dream). Last week I finished Brideshead Revisited (which mostly made me more annoyed at Downton Abbey for existing and also wishing that every Catholic author had the clairvoyance of Walker Percy). This week I'm reading Lord of the Flies for … Continue reading Lord of the Flies: Really?