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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bubble for one

Checking in new books at the library, I set one aside called The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser. The subtitle is what caught my attention: What the Internet is Hiding from You. Now, I know the Internet is data mining my every move and personalizing my searches, but I don’t…

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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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the secret life of the lonely doll

What made me pick up a second-hand copy of Jean Nathan’s The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll I can’t recall. But, after reading the prologue, I stopped at the local library branch and checked out four of Dare Wright’s children’s books. As a child, I had never read the…

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