Posted in March 2012

Fire

Fire

Fire is a book about a strikingly beautiful young woman with the same name. What sets this tale apart from the stereotypical narrative about drop-dead gorgeous heroines is that Fire’s beauty comes with a price. It means she is marked as a monster. She can’t go outside because men and violent creatures who roam her … Continue reading

On Imagination…

“Our idea that we must always be energetic and active is all wrong. We must be idle, limp and alone for much of the time, as lazy as men fishing on a levee, and quietly looking and thinking, not willing all the time. This quiet looking and thinking is the imagination.” -Brenda Ueland

Cartographies of Silence by Adrienne Rich

In honor of the death of Adrienne Rich, one of our favorite poets and a truly amazing woman. Cartographies of Silence Adrienne Rich 1. A conversation begins with a lie. And each speaker of the so-called common language feels the ice-floe split, the drift apart as if powerless, as if up against a force of … Continue reading

Hunger Games Movie Midnight Release!

Hunger Games Movie Midnight Release!

I read The Hunger Games for the first time in December of 2009, after spending a blissful summer as an intern at the Horn Book, where I was happily inundated with ARCs of new YA books. It was impossible to ignore the excitement of the entire staff after they read The Hunger Games and by … Continue reading

On Being Enspelled…

“Why are so many of us enspelled by myths and folk stories in this modern age? Why do we continue to tell the same old tales, over and over again? I think it’s because these stories are not just fantasy. They’re about real life. We’ve all encountered wicked wolves, found fairy godmothers, and faced trial … Continue reading

On Whimsy…

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.” – Mary Oliver