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The scariest dystopia

Of all the dystopian or false utopian books I’ve read, the scariest is probably “The Giver.” The protagonist in “The Giver” is a basically decent kid who doesn’t realize how bad it is. You don’t have to tell Katniss Everdeen … Continue reading

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Contained

Within my house are contained several rooms, and each of those contains shelves of books. Each shelf contains a multitude of books, and each book contains multitudes of worlds and ideas. May all treasures be contained so freely.

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Cast album: ‘Les Mis’

I read Victor Hugo’s unabridged novel in fall 1992, while I was living in Haiti; consequently, when I bought the Broadway cast album in 1994, I was both a little disappointed and somewhat relieved. There’s no way for a song … Continue reading

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That moment when a child discovers reading

Every child has an ignition point where reading becomes a passion and a gateway to worlds of imagination and wonder. The exact age where that comes varies. Oldest had it when she had just turned 5. I was reading her … Continue reading

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They always cast their spells in ancient Greek

It was while I was watching an episode of “Constantine” recently that I noticed not for the first time that warlocks and sorcerers always seem to perform their magicks in an ancient language. The language varies, but it’s typically one … Continue reading

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‘The Other Wes Moore’

I started reading “The Other Wes Moore” today, a book written by Wes Moore. The book is both biographical and autobiographical, dealing with two men from Baltimore, who grew up with the same name but came to two very different … Continue reading

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Is Severus Snape transgender?

A new article on Vice explores the issues of gender and identity in the world of Harry Potter, with the argument that Severus Snape is transgender. The article takes a while to get going, but when it does, it makes … Continue reading

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William Faulkner and the very bad terrible no good book

I have always hated William Faulkner. Nothing in the past 48 hours has changed my opinion of his writing. I hated “The Sound and the Fury” when I was in college, and to this day I still get a headache … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Warring Father Figures

Storytime isn’t a one-way experience in our household. Especially with older books like the “Little House” series, it’s necessary at times to stop and talk about the story. We’ll idle ourselves next to Crystal Lake, and we’ll talk about the … Continue reading

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‘Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana’

Just today, I read the second volume of Anne Rice’s trilogy about the life of Christ, titled “The Road to Cana.” I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the earlier volume, but it was still a good read. Like … Continue reading

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