Why is the sex in serious, critically acclaimed fiction so often sad, mad or bad; adulterous, incestuous or otherwise felonious, and disproportionately disappointing for characters who are female, non-Anglo and/or QUILTBAG with consequences that are bittersweet, tragic or catastrophic?
In the pop culture age of Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Admiral Michelle Howard, U.S. Army Rangers Capt. Kristen Griest & 1 st Lt. Shaye Haver, Ashley Nell Tipton, robust engagement and growth of the members in the Society of Women Engineers, and more female college undergrads than male in the U.S. and many other countries, why are women still judged according to their relationship status, physical appearance and body weight more than for their intelligence and accomplishments?
When the switch from singular to plural gets lost in translation Observation: Spell check doesn't work in a vacuum, and there are reasons why some cute reusable totes end up getting sold at the dollar store.
For many reasons the public library is one of my favorite places to visit. (Blerdy = black + nerdy!) It's quiet, except during children's story time, but hearing all those high-pitched voices oohing and aahing as the tale unfolds is the cheerful sound of future readers. Plus, they're young kids. Their behavior gets viewed with some leniency due to their youth. Lately, whiny adults have been harshing my usual library buzz with their complaints about how loudly other patrons are tapping the keys on their keyboards. (Earbuds exist for a reason.) Another so-called adult loudly and repeatedly complained that she shouldn't need to wait in the queue for the next available computer because some people were only playing games and should get bumped from their seats in favor of people who need to do work. (Um, the library's been open for hours; you should have come earlier.) With silent (It's the library!) cheers from the nearby patrons, the librarian scolded this narcis
Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway Hello, Reading has been a brain escape for me since my dad used silly voices at bedtime to enact each character from my collection of Dr. Seuss books. The launch of Dodging Eros, Through Past, Present and Pleasure by Private Moments Publishing (an imprint of 5 Prince Publishing) seems like the perfect opportunity to offer reviewers and readers a chance to win a mini-retreat from the demands of being a grown-up and to focus on the pleasures of being a consenting adult. Giveaway Details: A mid-week, 3-day/2-night getaway for two adults (both at least 18 years old) Entry period will run from 12:01 a.m. ET Monday, January 4, 2016 until at least 10 reviews of Dodging Eros are posted to Goodreads and Amazon.(1) Winner will be chosen by random drawing, and announced on the Blerdy Binge Reader blog (BlerdyBingeReader.blogspot.com) and posted to the Cardyn Brooks Facebook page by 30 days after the mini