The kind of home environment that Victoria grew up in is not really conducive to stability, safety, or love. Of course, there are close relationships, and I don’t doubt that Victoria doesn’t love her mother – but the relationship is also extremely toxic. Victoria is the child, yet she is always expected to be the parent and caregiver for her mother. Treating children like they are adults (in this particular way) is a form of trauma that doesn’t go away easily. Continue reading
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A Review of Anna North’s “Outlawed”: “The Handmaid’s Tale” Meets the Wild Wild West
I was drawn to the cover of this book. I know what they say, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but here we are. Outlawed by Anna North is a dystopian gunslinging wild west meets Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. It was a really fun genre mash-up, and I loved reading it. Outlawed … Continue reading
“Nonbinary”: Exploring gender and identity
Literature – the writing and telling of stories – has always been a way for marginalised groups to express themselves in ways that mainstream culture would not allow. It allows cis people, like myself, the opportunity to hear from and support nonbinary and trans voices. It allows nonbinary and trans voices to connect and find … Continue reading
‘Literary ghettos’: how do we make sure diverse authors are included in mainstream publishing?
I am drawing today’s discussion inspiration from author Nesrine Malik and her amazing book (seriously, go read it now!) We Need New Stories. In her chapter entitled “The Myth of the Reliable Narrator”, Malik brings up the question if and how we should judge authors by their writing. More specifically, are authors allowed to write … Continue reading
Life Lessons from Queer Eye’s Tan France: “Naturally Tan”
Since the re-boot of Queer Eye on Netflix, I have fallen in love with each of the stars. Not too long ago I wrote a review of Karamo Brown’s memoir and was really excited to see that Tan France had also come out with one. It also fills my heart with a lot of happiness … Continue reading
Mr Clive and Mr Page: pyschogeography and a different kind of review.
I recently read the book Mr Clive and Mr Page by Neil Bartlett. It is a truly fascinating book that makes you question your notions of reality and narrator reliability. The notion of the twin, or in this case double, plays a strong and central role in the novel since Mr Page and Mr Clive … Continue reading
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