the odditorium

The Odditorium: Stories by Melissa Pritchard (Bellevue Literary Press, 2012) Pritchard has conceived of a handful of charmingly bizarre stories that evoke science fiction and non-fiction simultaneously. You’ll meet Pelagia (“Christ’s Holy Fool”), Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull, Kaspar Hauser (a German boy found in the wilderness), and Norbert Pearlroth, the…

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the beautiful forevers

Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. New York: Random House, 2011. Annawadi is a Mumbai slum of about 3,000, nestled near the Sahar International Airport and a sewage lake. Pulitzer Prize winner Boo spent three years observing and asking questions of Annawadi’s…

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zombies are academic

Moreman, Christopher M and Cory James Rushton, eds. Race, Oppression and the Zombie: Essays on Cross-Cultural Appropriations of the Caribbean Tradition. McFarland, 2011. Editors Christopher M Moreman and Cory James Rushton have compiled an excellent source of zombie research. Their introduction is a must-read for understanding the historical placement of…

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