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Links 1 through 10 of 453 by Anastasia Finch tagged books

True, we common readers often do enjoy books that confirm our previously held beliefs—sometimes we are Narcissus, looking to see ourselves reflected back and taking pleasure in that reflection. Sometimes, too, we remain stuck in our ruts of what we consider “a good read,” and sometimes we lack the tools to unpack what makes one book better than another. But, by and large, I’ve found readers to be a curious bunch, ready to try new things. Many of us common readers read precisely for the reason Edmondson endorses: to be influenced, to change, to grow. But sometimes we also read to be entertained. It’s not an either/or proposition, as Edmondson implies.

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But in terms of philosophy, I sometimes wonder if the whole concept of The Chosen One isn’t a toxic one. I occasionally wonder if it’s right to put the concept of someone utterly infallible in all that he does out there, if it’s right to put up this concept that birth matters more than effort. Or, at the very least, if it’s right to put it out there without questioning it.

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The Bitch Media Community Lending Library brings you our very first book list, made up of 100 young adult novels that every feminist should add to the stack of books on their bedside table. Here at the library we've been re-reading some of our old standbys and finding new feminist favorites. If you're looking to buy a book for your favorite teenage girl or just looking to cuddle up with a powerful story featuring teenage characters, look no further.

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[...] but I think the theme that stands out the most and which seems to be the main theme of the story is the question of suffering. In other words, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Homer’s answer seems to be, “Because the gods hate you.”

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The saga of Mick Angel, vampire detective, took a lot of strange turns on its way to the screen — according to Wikipedia, at one point it was going to be a movie starring Bruce Willis. And originally, the TV show was going to be called Twilight. The show's showrunner was originally David Greenwalt, co-creator of the Angel that we all know and love from the Buffyverse, until Greenwalt left due to ill health.

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The key to the research in terms of familiarizing myself with the cultural and physical conditions of the Washington frontier (without sounding researchy) was to seek out material that wasn't historicized by a wide-angle lens. What I wanted was personal perspective, rather than historical perspective--personal narratives, letters, oral accounts, anything vivid and descriptive that wasn't bogged down by the omnipotent voice of "history."

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"I hear this almost everywhere I go where there are people talking about social media, and I feel that it is time that I rise up against it. In fact, I did, right there and then. I grabbed the microphone from her grasp and said, “I am not a brand.”"

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"My friend went home utterly defeated after that meeting with her publisher because she doesn't know how (or want to know how) to be Maureen Johnson. It's not fair that her publisher insist that she try. Her books are good and she has a blog and she has online readers and shouldn't that be enough? If you don't want to be branded, why does everyone else get to tell you have to? And why do they get to crush your books when you don't and claim that it was all your fault and you didn't try hard enough and you weren't willing to play the new social media game."

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