Posts tagged ‘love’

November 15, 2010

From the ‘zine: Fiction by Kris McGonegal

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But Here
by Kris McGonegal

Do you remember that game we used to play? “Anywhere But Here” I think we called it. How we used to play it after the days so crappy we didn’t even have the energy to commiserate with each other? We’d each pick the one place in the world we’d love to be. If you don’t remember, its okay, it’s been years. I didn’t remember it until last week.

I remember how you’d always pick the strangest places, like Greenland. Who in their right mind would want to go to Greenland? Or Belize? I swear sometimes you’d make up places just to see if I’d notice. I don’t think I ever did. For my part, I always had one place: the hill by my grandmother’s old farm house. Continue reading “But Here.”

October 2, 2010

From the ‘zine: Nicholas Y. B. Wong, Poet

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In our current issue, we debut our Poet Spotlight by featuring the work of Hong Kong-based poet Nicholas Y. B. Wong.

Here’s a taste of Wong’s poetry from our issue:

Kiss a Door
by Nicholas Y. B. Wong

You gave
me a
closed space
and yourself
an open world.

The door
was slammed.
I kissed
it right away.
Even the lock
asked for more,
then the hole,
then the key,
the walls and
the carpet below.

I kissed
in the house,
but you
better. They
kissed back.

. . . . .

continue reading Kiss a Door

August 29, 2009

Good-bye Reading Rainbow

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“Reading Rainbow”, an iconic children’s television show, aired its final episode yesterday. The show lost support from PBS and the Department of Education, as the former Bush administration shifted its funding priorities to phonics and spelling, rather than supporting a general love of reading. “Reading Rainbow” first aired in 1983 and was hosted by LeVar Burton.


I feel sad over the loss of “Reading Rainbow” to a generation of kids, past and present. I grew up watching PBS alongside network and cable cartoon and kids’ shows (including another PBS favorite, “Wishbone”) and dreamed of appearing on-air with LeVar Burton to talk about a great book I enjoyed. While I’m certain that other reading-focused shows will replace “Reading Rainbow” in the spectrum of kids television, nothing will ever spark a joy for reading quite the way “Reading Rainbow” did for over two decades.


June 24, 2009

Books We’d Love to Read

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Usually summer is a slow publishing season for books, with fall reserved as the prime time to push new and exciting texts. Maybe that’s why so many great books by and about women and feminism have come out recently–publishers would rather save the fall slots for other types of books.

Here are some books we’d love to read — and if you’d love to read them too, send us a review!

  • Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown by Jennifer Scalon (Oxford University Press, 288 pages, $29.95)

    Helen Gurley Brown has been a controversial figure in feminism. She revamped Cosmo by bring sex to the forefront of the magazine. Feminist trailblazer? Or controversy-loving sell-out? Can a woman be both a feminist and a fashionista?

    A Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-First Century by Cristina Nehring (Harper, 336 pages, $24.99)

    A review in the Wall Street Journal Online states the Nehring, a columnist for Harper’s and The Atlantic Monthly, believes that feminism has corroded the nature of romantic love by tying it up with endless self-checks and dampened eroticism. Has feminism eroded eroticism in love?