Monthly Archives: October 2013

Autumn: Nostalgia, Catharsis, and Ennui

There’s something so bittersweet about fall — it’s a season of clear changes, as leaves shift their color palette before slowly falling. The season is all about endings — the end of summer, of warm weather, of days at the … Continue reading

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Kiss & Make Up

Sometimes, a girl just wants to put on cherry flavored lip gloss, a pair of cute pajamas, some glitter on her face, and Cyndi Lauper on the stereo. It’s a fact of life. Those are the moments when we read … Continue reading

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This Is How You Lose Her: The Pros and Pitfalls of Machismo

Chicano literature is nothing new: there’s Sandra Cisneros, Gary Soto, Luis Valdez. . .all writing from the perspective of Americans with a hispanic background. Their work includes “spanglish” — a dialect of English liberally spattered with Spanish euphemisms and colloquialisms. … Continue reading

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Prisoners: Symbolism With A Purpose

Much has been written of the currently playing movie “Prisoners” and its heavy use of Christian symbolism. Some critics have decried the movie as being heavy-handed with the dogma: others have extolled it for elevating a relatively straight-forward thriller movie. … Continue reading

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The Husband’s Secret: The Subtle Pleasure of Not Getting What You Want

I picked up┬áThe Husband’s Secret intending to read traditional chick lit — or, as I sometimes prefer to call it, “lit light.” The cover of the novel, the back cover, and the reputation of its author all implied to me … Continue reading

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