Guantanamo Boy

In the years since September 11–and particularly at the height of President Bush’s “War on Terror”–disturbing reports have emerged about abuses in U.S. military prisons all over the world. Thousands of innocent people with no ties to terrorist organizations have been swept up and incarcerated without and legal representation. While there, many are tortured andContinue reading “Guantanamo Boy”

Jane Austen: A Life Revealed

I have a confession to make: I’ve never read a Jane Austen book all the way through. Even though the entire thing was assigned to me when I was a student, I only dipped into Pride and Prejudice in high school but never finished. At the time, Jane Austen’s books just never interested me. TheseContinue reading “Jane Austen: A Life Revealed”

Living Dead Girl

Trigger warning. I’m not going to write much about the Wall Street Journal‘s ignorant article on young adult literature that was published this weekend. Plenty of people have done an amazing job of writing about it, including YA authors and book bloggers who are far more knowledgeable about the genre in their rebuttals than IContinue reading “Living Dead Girl”


Last month, a pregnant teen named Gaby Rodriguez surprised her high school (and eventually made international headlines) when she revealed to onstage to her peers that she wasn’t actually pregnant. Her “pregnancy” had been part of her carefully planned senior project in which she pretended to be pregnant so that she could examine the falloutContinue reading “Bumped”