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Love, Lesbians, and the Luminous Dead

Fantasy and Science Fiction with LGBTQA protagonists

In fantasy and science fiction novels where dragons and robots exist, sometimes side by side, it can often feel like protagonists who are part of the LGBTQA community seem rarer than unicorns. But that has been changing recently with more and more amazing books being published in recent years.

Travels with Charley

In a Different Place

Travelogues both real and imagined

As the weather finally begins to cool in D.C. and the rhythm of the school year finally settles in, it can be a great time to think back (or forward) about the summer. If I can't be on the road myself, reading books of journeys both real and imagined help me evoke those feelings of adventure once more.

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Too Gay for America

Challenged books featuring same-sex content

Banned Books Week, which occurs every September, is a very important time for people who endorse reading without restrictions.

How Chipmunk Got His Stripes

Origin Stories

How people got rain, night, fire and more

People didn’t always know what caused storms or earthquakes, so they invented stories to explain the inexplicable. Perhaps lightning flashes across the sky when Zeus is angry. Perhaps earthquakes are caused by the writhing of Loki who is imprisoned under the surface of the Earth while poison drips on his face.

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Politics: Get Into It!

Organizing, Ideology and its Discontents

Regardless of what your political desires might be, being a citizen in a democracy requires more from you than obedience.  You have to be involved, concerned and aware.  More and more it requires us to be mobilized.  Here is a list of reads where I found practical advice on how to be involved in politics and power.  Rules for Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky

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Urban Fiction We Had No Business Reading...

... as kids

We all read things maybe we shouldn't of read as kids. But we were kids, and curious. But good news! Even though we had no business reading these as kids, they're much less enjoyable as adults. Take a look back at these tiles some of us were all so hot to read as kids. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

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At Play With the Future

How Society Changes with Technology

I love the idea that rather than the future being a source of pure concern, there is a lot of hope out there for things to come.  In that vein I am reviewing both some classics and some newer books on the theme of Science Fiction. Last Tango in Cyber Space by Steven Kotler

Mobius Strip Club of Grief

Gross Verse

The new world of 'horror' poetry

"And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy."  (Edgar Allan Poe)

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Autumn Books and Songs

While summer is a time that feels actionable and light, winter feels like a time for hunkering down. The opposite sensibilities of summer and winter leave autumn, which officially started Sept. 23 this year, to be the in-between time.  As summer's curtain lifts for fall, it sets the scene for settling. And, in correlation, the romanticism of summer tapering to a slower pulse feels like longing.

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