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October 2010

Speak Loudly: A Conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson on Topics Subject to Book Banning

Author Laurie Halse Anderson talks about Speak, Wesley Scroggins and Banned Books Week, and the importance of talking about sexual assault with our kids.


September 2010

Casting Katniss: Is Hollywood Whitewashing ‘The Hunger Games’?

Rumors about casting Katniss, the olive-skinned, grey-eyed heroine of the YA sensation The Hunger Games have been flying around the interwebs and one name, Chloe Moretz, keeps popping up. There’s just one problem: Moretz is fair, blonde, and has green eyes.


Missouri Might Ban Another Book?

Celebrate Banned Books Week by speaking out: tell Wesley Scroggins that Laurie Halse Anderson's 'Speak' is not pornography.


‘Forbidden Colors’ Shades of Conformity, Manipulation, Shallowness, Infidelity and Revenge

The characters throughout are, for the most part, miserable, with the gay characters the most miserable of all.


Seasoned Playwright Brooke Berman Finds Home in a New Genre

Playwright Brooke Berman talks to PopMatters about the experience of writing and publishing her first prose work, No Place Like Home: A Memoir in 39 Apartments.


‘Black Cats and Four-Leaf Clovers’ and a Lot of Other Crazy Superstitions

Sin, death, and the devil appear to be popular themes in the world of superstitions and old wives tales.


The Discovery of the Identity of Jack Kerouac’s ‘Watermelon Man’

Who was the watermelon man of Jack Kerouac's great Lowell-fantasy novel, 'Dr. Sax'?


‘Nothing Left to Burn’: Rising From the Ashes of a Family Legacy

A story of a family’s twisted relationship to fire and the protagonist's gradual recognition of his legacy.


A Woman of No Importance?

Historically, so-called women’s fiction is a bit of a mess. The Bronte sisters, studied in literature and MFA programs the world over, were forced to publish under male pseudonyms, while authors such as Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott, who enjoyed some success in their respective periods, were still condescended to.


Frightening Fairy Tales v. The Very Hungry Caterpillar?

Are fairy tales too frightening for our kids? Do they need sanitizing? Or should we just skip them altogether?


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