Spilling out of college and into New York City with a wildly useful degree in English, Philosophy and Theater, Rachel has pursued some mix of all three at varying points while maintaining a consistent passion for writing and the study of aesthetics. Finally settling into a day job as an "Internet Librarian"/staff writer at findingDulcinea.com, Rachel nurtures her passion for stories, music and colorful non-fiction as a book reviewer. She is committed to investigating the political and emotional role of art in society, and makes her own stories, music, and theater whenever possible. Rachel also offers "Relevant Irreverence for The Internet Age" at wickedwitchoftheweb.blogspot.com. Her favorite word to overuse is "meta".
Simon Van Booy's Everything Beautiful Began After is an Unbearable Lightness of Being for our generation, albeit with a softer, wiser and not so existentialist approach.
13 Nov 2011
In Loyalty: The Vexing Virture, Eric Felten suggests that loyalty isn't a thing of the past; rather it's an amorphous creature in constant motion.
18 Jul 2011
Always On spans decades, countries, and companies to define the now indestructible relationship between humanity and technology.
20 Jun 2011
Captivating while innocently disorganized, Bossypants makes the most palatable (and hilarious) argument in history that the glass ceiling is starting to crack.
08 May 2011
Sam Harris's writing is gripping and his knowledge is encyclopedic, and he successfully demonstrates that science can help us draw conclusions about values that exist, but he doesn’t show us how science helps us to make ontological rules about these values.
21 Mar 2011
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.
16 Sep 2010
John Carroll's "search for meaning in the modern West" comes across as a haphazard rape and pillage of the modern world.
16 Aug 2010
Dave Barry writing about being immature is simply too much -- it lands him in a "methinks thou dost protest too much" situation -- his digs and complaints are sharper than his wit.
23 Jun 2010
In this collection, the tirelessly unconventional Dave Eggers collects a year's worth of American writing that ostensibly is a far cry from what we deem "the classics".
28 Mar 2010
Smith is self-aware without self-absorbed, shares her voice without yelling, and gives the reader not only the gift of her wisdom, but also the gift of her humanity.
31 Jan 2010
Part stand-up routine and part autobiography, Susie Essman offers her unfettered opinion on how to live and laugh while you're doing it.
09 Dec 2009
Through simple language and basic analogies, Krugman manages the great feat of explaining how money works in a vacuum, and how it has worked for us in the past 20 years.
02 Dec 2009
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