Written by Sara Leonard
Popular Victorian books have the honor of being reborn through new editions almost every year. While some can be stunning, others are a little problematic. Listed are some of the most sexist covers of popular Victorian books, in order from least to most repulsive.
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Written by Katie Martinez
Daniel Mallory’s debut novel, The Woman in the Window, recently claimed the number-one spot on the New York Times Best Seller list. The novel is published under the pseudonym A. J. Finn by the publishing house William Morrow, which also happens to be where Mallory himself worked as an editor. According to a feature that appeared in the NYT, Mallory had always planned to submit the manuscript under a pseudonym as he felt his own authors may be disconcerted to see their own editor’s name splashed across a hardback in a bookstore.
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Written by Carolina Eleni Theodoropoulos
Ursula K. Le Guin came into my life at the most formative time—not childhood or adolescence, but when I began to take writing seriously: in college. My first creative writing professor urged us to draw maps of our stories; “if you can’t visualize the space your characters inhabit, how will you show the reader?” On the projector, he put up maps from The Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and A Wizard of Earthsea. On the back page of my notebook I made a list: “Must Read.” To it, I added: Le Guin, Earthsea. Every workshop, this same professor brought books that reminded him of that day’s story and provided more worlds to inspire us. Earthsea popped up again, so I circled it on my list: it was time to read about Ged.
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Written by Emily Ogden
If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Austin’s new Central Library, I hope this article is the motivation you need to make your way down to this impressive building located in the heart of our city. While all libraries are undoubtedly a wonderful haven for community members, this place is perhaps incomparably glorious.
All I could think as I explored each of the six floors for the first time was that this library is alive. There is constant motion as people bustle from floor to floor on the grand staircase, browse among the shelves, or search for a place to settle down and study. The already intimate community of this place is evident, from staff members leading kids to the puppet show on floor three, to the live string quartet playing Christmas melodies on floor six.
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Written by Katelyn Connolly
In her Twitter bio, Hope Ewing describes herself as a “drink pusher, writer. Not necessarily in that order.” Fittingly, in a recent article written for Literary Hub, she explores the relationship between art and alcohol abuse, an issue that hits close to home for many artists and members of creative communities. In Ewing’s case, the problem of alcoholism exists generally in her family. Yet her admission that “stories of epic blacked-out shenanigans…were so normalized in my childhood that they seemed like common rites of passage,” rings eerily true for social scenes crafted by artists, as well. Writers, painters, musicians and film-makers have historically existed in worlds where drinking and drug use are regarded as more acceptable than they might be in other circles. Artists often seek to be deviants, and deviant behaviors become par for the course. Addiction is normalized under the banner of Art.
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Written by Caitlin Smith
This past week, managing editor Julia Schoos and I had the opportunity to sit down with David Kornhaber, an Associate Professor in the English Department and Comparative Literature graduate advisor, to talk about his current research.
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We’ve had plenty of great posts this November, from a Q&A with a local Austin poet, to a deeper look into Sun-Ra’s relationship between jazz and poetry.
Here’s a few of our favorites this month:
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Written by Guadalupe Rodriguez
This is how it all starts: it’s the first time that you see yourself. And it’s not just like seeing yourself in the mirror when you wake up in the mornings or when you take a shower in the evenings. It’s not like when you notice you have your mother’s hair one day as you stare at her. Or when you realize that the nose you want to go under the knife is actually a treasure your dad gave you. It’s more than that. It’s not reading Judy Blume, and ending it to the thought of “oh I wish I could be like this.” Or fantasizing about living in a nice house. No, this is better than Judy Blume. This is seeing yourself in San Antonio, “growing up in a poor household,” with “a young narrator, but [who] was also very smart.” It’s something “familiar and recognizable.” And when you read this piece “it made [you] feel that [you] didn’t need to be somebody else.”
This is Yvette.
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Written by Katie Martinez
As MobyLives recently reported, the Prison Book Program (PBP) has recently raised $1,800 from sixty donors that will go towards providing prison libraries with 450 dictionaries. According to the PBP’s fundraising site, each four-dollar donation buys one college-level dictionary. Dictionary drives just like this one have supplied more than 10,000 prisoners with dictionaries over the past five years. Dictionaries are one of the most highly requested books by prisoners, as they’re an incredibly useful tool that helps inmates improve their own literacy skills.
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