Monthly Archives: May 2014

Brooklyn, Burning

Brezenoff, Steve. (2011). Brooklyn, Burning. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Lab. Brooklyn, Burning is an exquisite piece of literature with nuanced character development and beautiful cityscape descriptions. Themes of poverty, alcohol and drug abuse, and parental neglect are woven throughout the characters’ … Continue reading

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Almost Perfect

Katcher, Brian. (2009). Almost Perfect. New York, NY: Delacorte Press. Note: this review contains spoilers, but no more than the book jacket does. Almost Perfect is a complicated love story- complicated first because it’s from the point of view of … Continue reading

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Author Spotlight: Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo is an exquisite young adult fiction writer. Her work spans the fantasy/science fiction genre, with queer themes, folklore elements, and engaging and well-developed characters. One of my favorite parts of reading her work is that sexual and racial … Continue reading

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Transgender(ed), Trans(s)exual, Trans(*), and more: which should I use?

Cristan Williams has been doing great work on the emergence of these words, primarily looking at ‘transgender’: check out Tracking Transgender; Transgender*: The Rhetorical Landscape of a Term (with K.J. Rawson); and Transgender Timeline. Same with Zagria, whose Cross-Gender, Transgender, … Continue reading

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Albert Nobbs

García, Rodrigo (Director). (2012). Albert Nobbs. Santa Monica, CA: Lionsgate. This poignant film tells the story of a woman in 19th-century Ireland who takes on the persona of a man in order to survive. Born an illegitimate child fostered by … Continue reading

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Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive

Serano, Julia. (2013). Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press. Although Excluded is a fairly slim book, it was an incredibly challenging read for me. I had to take it chapter by chapter, write copious … Continue reading

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