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Charlottesville Is Not So Very Far From Home

When I was about 8 or 9 years old, we heard that a chapter of the KKK planned to hold a white supremacy rally in my small Midwestern town. Whether this was planned or just rumored I’m not sure, but we took the threat seriously. My father heard that concerned citizens intended to protest the rally to show their disapproval…

What 80s Babies Know About Balancing Technology

  Back in November, I wrote a blog post about how much the internet has taken over our lives, and never got around to Part 2. I couldn’t figure out where to go from there—until I ran across the recent article “Why 80’s Babies Are Different Than Other Millennials,” and realized that 80s babies are actually the secret weapon to…

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Book To Movie: Fault In Our Stars

After two sets of rearranged plans and many adventures getting to the theater, I finally completed my summer goal and saw the movie version of A Fault In Our Stars,which was easily my favorite read of the past year. And yes, it was awesome. Shailene Woodley is an amazing actress and really nailed the character of Hazel, right down to…

In Defense of YA, and of Positivity in General

I thought I’d better say something about the infamous “Against YA” article in Slate, since, you know…I have a degree in this subject. A few days ago, Slate contributor Ruth Graham wrote a piece in which she chided adults for reading young adult fiction. YA is alright for teens, she says, but grown-ups should be “embarrassed” if the bulk of their…