Art, Books, Characters, Gender, Writing

Female vs. Male Narratives in Cloud Atlas

If you haven't read/seen Cloud Atlas, you've probably at least heard of it (but beware the SPOILERS). I wrote a review of the movie about 9 months ago, when it first came out (it's kind of a disaster, especially in the make-up department), and recently finished reading the book, which is far better than the film (though… Continue reading Female vs. Male Narratives in Cloud Atlas

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English major, Words

Descriptive vs. Prescriptive Grammar

It will probably not surprise anyone who reads this blog to learn that I am something of a grammar-phile. I have a small collection of dictionaries and grammar textbooks, and I like to read them for fun. Once, I read a biography of a grammar textbook (Stylized: a Slightly Obsessive History of Strunk & White's… Continue reading Descriptive vs. Prescriptive Grammar

Characters, Gender, Movies, Reviews

Easy A: A Study in Slut-Shaming, Part I: Olive

If you haven't seen Easy A, stop reading and go watch it right now before I spoil the hell out of it with this post. No, seriously, I'll wait. Your life is in dire need of this movie. It's witty and intelligent, it's meta as hell, it passes the freaking Bechdel Test which shouldn't be as… Continue reading Easy A: A Study in Slut-Shaming, Part I: Olive

Art, Memories, Questions

Young Woman Writing

When I was a freshman in High School, my parents took my brother and me to New York for a week. We stayed in the tiniest of tiny hotel rooms (my mattress had to be stored underneath my brother's bed during the day so we could walk across the room), ate rotten yogurt and delicious… Continue reading Young Woman Writing