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Thoughts on apocalyptic fiction

It seems like post-apocalyptic films and books are all over the place right now. Just watching the previews for the movie 2012, which came out in November, made me want to cry. I don’t want the world to end in 2012, or anytime soon, really. So why are we so fascinated with it? (more…)

A hometown connoisseur

When I tell people that I’m from Jasper, Alabama, I tend to get looks of surprise. I don’t have an accent, I don’t know anything about college football, and I don’t even like sweet tea. More than once, when I’ve shortened my answer to just “Jasper,” I’ve gotten a quizzical look. “Jasper, Wyoming, you mean?” […]

A look at women writers

I suppose that it doesn’t seem like summer reading, but Elaine Showalter’s A Jury of Her Peers had me flipping pages as fast as any murder mystery could. Showalter tracks the history of women writers in America from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx, weaving together their personal stories with their artistic achievements to create compelling […]