50 Shades of Grey: Why it’s a problem and why you should care.

If E L James sought only to make money from her less than stellar literary skills... she succeeded, greatly. However, I wonder if she ever intended to, or even pondered the possibility, that her trilogy perpetuates sexism and reinforces passivity in women. Did she think about the young minds consuming her word garbage? The trilogy [...]

Herland – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Written in 1915 by an author born in the 1800s, it is striking and poignant how this work is still very relevant today. The short novel chronicles 3 men's journey to find a civilization of just women and children--no men. Skeptical, during their expedition they comment on what they might find: they don't expect the [...]

Crime and Punishment Review [No Spoilers]

Crime and Punishment  - Fyodor Dostoyevsky I wanted to preface this entry by saying there are no spoilers in this review, but was somewhat embarrassed to do so as evidently I have been living under a rock and didn't know even the slightest bit about this classic before I read it. At any rate, I won't [...]