Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation

If you say, I think the occupation of Palestine is fucked up on forty different levels, people are like, you’re the devil, we’re going to get your tenure taken away, we’re going to destroy you. You can say almost anything else. You could be like, “I eat humans,” and they’ll be like bien, bien. –Continue reading “Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation”

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Things You’re Thankful For (it can be bookish or not). I went with bookish. As you might imagine, this is a really really really hard topic to narrow down. These aren’t necessarily my top tenContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Thankful For”

Sunday Salon: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

And no, I’m not talking about the holidays…I’m talking about the end of the fall semester! *waves to everyone* As a teacher, I dread midterms because that’s the point when I always get buried under an avalanche of papers to grade, and it doesn’t end until the semester is over. This semester was extra extra funContinue reading “Sunday Salon: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

Sunday Salon: Junot, Gloria, and Banned Books Week

Greetings, lovely readers. I’m still alive. I’ve had a frustrating, hectic, and depressing September (one of my cats has vanished into thin air). Between grad school and teaching, I haven’t had as much time to blog as I’d like. HOWEVER, last week was awesome because I went to Austin to see Junot at Book People.Continue reading “Sunday Salon: Junot, Gloria, and Banned Books Week”

This Is How You Lose Her

Anyone familiar with either of Junot Díaz’s previous books will remember Yunior, the Dominican kid coming of age in Drown who goes on to become the narrator of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Back for his third starring role Díaz’s work, Yunior is the link connecting most of the stories in This Is How You LoseContinue reading “This Is How You Lose Her”