Books

The Bone Clocks – The Most Beautiful Novel I’ve Ever Hated

(NOTICE: This is a review and plot summary of David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, and will contain significant spoilers for it, as well as spoilers for some of Mitchell’s other works, notably including Cloud Atlas.) Like probably most of his readers, I first ran across David Mitchell’s work when I read Cloud Atlas, a flawed but very memorable fiction that pulled the reader through...
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Culture

A Very Special Episode Of Morbid Optimism

Feminism is an ongoing conversation. Sometimes it’s a conversation you have to have with your friends when they catcall. Sometimes it’s tension with a co-worker when you correct how they refer to the pretty woman in the accounting department. Sometimes it’s a shouting match over Thanksgiving dinner. The most important part of the conversation, though, is really the part you have with yourself. When I...
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Culture

Entrepreneurism Vs. Rape Culture, Round 1

Two of America’s favorite social forces – entrepreneurship and rape culture – are about to go head-to-head. A new startup by the name of ‘Undercover Colors’ is attempting to crowdfund a line of nail polish which, when dipped in a drink that’s been poisoned with Rohypnol or GHB, changes colors. If it works and gets enough public support, we could see the end of...
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Books

Book Review: Rising Up and Rising Down

I first wrote a review for Rising Up and Rising Down for the Isocracy Network as I’d finished my second reading of it. I continue to be amazed at how much there is to learn from it, and how many different things each reader takes from it. With political violence on the rise and class consciousness starting to gather around issues like wealth inequality,...
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