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  For your consideration: the exquisite Sylvia Plath, aged 20, lounging on the beach, one decade before the publication of The Bell Jar and her tragic death. It’s the summer of 1954, about a year after her first suicide attempt. Hoping to begin again, Plath had dyed her hair and went through six months of intensive care. Referred to by academics as her “platinum summer,” this period in the life of the legendary poet is considered to be one ... Read More
  Is it possible that Charles Dickens stole the idea for "A Christmas Carol" from Lowell's mill girls?  That is what Natalie McKnight, professor of English and dean at Boston University, and Chelsea Bray, a Boston College graduate student, are researching for an upcoming book about Dickens in Massachusets. It was 1842, a year before "A Christmas Carol" was published, when Charles Dickens visited the industrial town of Lowell during his American tour. ... Read More
  In 1919, E.E. Cummings impregnated his lover, the separated wife of his beloved friend Scofield Thayer, Elaine. Unfortunately, Cummings left Elaine and the child alone and abandoned, and Thayer took on the role of the girl’s father until he and Elaine officially divorced one year later.     But this story isn’t a tragic one; it’s a poignant one about doing the best we can for those we love. After that year apart, Cummings ... Read More
  I am so sick of the lame old stereotype “women are more emotional than men.” Aside from being blatantly false, it does damage. Often, women are disrespected in the workplace if we get heated over something important, or we’re told to “stop PMS-ing” if we have a personal drama. I will always remember the Sex and the City episode in which Samantha Jones is berated for being a working woman and cries only when she gets in the ... Read More
Who doesn't secretly dream of owning their own bookshop? Rows of yellowing volumes filled with harrowing tales, a pastel sundress for every day of the week, a grumpy Ron Swanson-esque cat on the windowsill...It would be like living in a Joanna Newsom music video. Finally, the chance to make that asbestos-filled dream a reality has arrived! The owners of Chicago's Women and Children First, one of the last independent feminist bookstores in the United States, are ... Read More
Growing up an avid reader, my love for fictional female characters was funneled towards girls who shared my love of literature. Roald Dahl's Matilda was always something of a soul sister, and I found another when I tuned into the WB (guys, remember the WB?!) and met Rory Gilmore.Gilmore Girls quickly became one of my favorite shows; my mom and I would make plans to watch together and try to imitate the fast-talking, binge-eating, straight-shooting style of ... Read More
In A Lady Awakened, the heroine uses the hero for sex (Bantam) Heaving… Bosoms… I’m sure we all can admit that we have skimmed the romance novel section at a bookstore or finished an entire panty-scorcher at the beach… She storyline is all-too-familiar…An example of a NON-Feminist Romance Novel/Memoir Well, according to Jessica Luther, writing for The Atlantic, there is a new genre in town. It is sexy, smart, and features a ... Read More
What were you doing in the summer of your sixteenth year? Going swimming at your local pool? Serving up swirlies at the local ice cream shop? Chillin' at the mall? Publishing your first book of collected pieces from your highly successful online magazine? If you didn't answer 'yes' to that last question, that's probably because you aren't Tavi Gevinson, the 16-year-old fashion blogger who started her online magazine Rookie at age fifteen. (And who's on the cover of ... Read More
You run up the stairs before you go to bed instead of walking. You hear a creaking noise and you hold your breath. You spin around far too quickly when you're raiding the cabinets for a snack because you sense someone behind you. There's no one there. Why do you feel so creeped out in your own house? I don't know if you have ever felt this weird sense of fear in your own home, but I know that I have. I know that it's inexplicable, that there's no real reason to be ... Read More
Spoiler alert: if you have been living under a rock and have not yet read or watched Harry Potter, first of all, I don’t know what you’re waiting for, and second of all, you probably shouldn’t read this blog. It contains spoilers, and I wouldn’t want to ruin the amazing experience that you can have as soon as you’re done chillin’ with worms. Not that I’m judging. We ride-or-die Harry Potter fans know all about Lord ... Read More
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