11 Great Young Adult Books

I love reading books from all age groups. Children's, teen, adult and anything in between. Here's a list of some of my favorite teen/YA books. Some of these have been my favorites for a long time, while others are more recent reads that managed to have a big impact on me. Not in any particular... Continue Reading →


A Married State by Katherine Philips (Poetry Analysis)

Since Katherine Philips was married it seems she's qualified to warn people that it might not be all it's cracked up to be. But the right message to take away from the poem is that a person should only get married if they actually want to. Not because of outside pressure (a big reason, why... Continue Reading →

Favorite Books Read in 2015

I've read plenty of books this year and here were the ones I thought were the best.  I like to read a wide variety, so yeah a lot of these books are complete opposites.  In no particular order: Doll Bones by Holly Black Growing up and the lack of wanting to? That's been done over... Continue Reading →

Underrated Movies: Manic (2001)

Manic follows a teenage boy named Lyle (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). He gets sent to a psychiatric hospital for brutally beating another teen with a baseball bat. What's Good About It? Manic is a very emotional and powerful film. Lyle's interaction with the other teens in the psych ward are the best part and each of the... Continue Reading →

Medieval Selfies

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Self-portraits of medieval book artisans are as exciting as they are rare. In the age before the modern camera there were limited means to show others what you looked like. In the very late medieval period, when the Renaissance spirit was already felt in the air, some painters made self-portraits or included themselves in paintings commissioned by others. Stunningly, the medieval painter Jan van Eyck showed himself in the portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his fiance: he is staring at you from the mirror that is hanging behind the couple. For those who still didn’t get it, he painted above it Johannes de eyck fuit hic, Jan van Eyck was here” (Fig. 1, more here). He added the date 1434 to the picture, making it a particularly early selfie.

Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini and his fiance, 1434 (right) and mirror detail (left) Fig. 1 – Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini and fiance (right)  and mirror detail (left)

As far as producers of books is concerned, there were only two kinds…

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“As Gay as Old Dad’s Hatband”: The 5 Kinds of Gay and Bisexual Characters in Stephen King’s Writings

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Horror Novel Reviews

doctorsleeppromoWritten by Lois Kennedy

Gay characters don’t take up a lot of room in Stephen King’s many books, but they are notable in their depictions, which can be negative and stereotypical, or positive…and stereotypical.  They can be quantified into five types: the Mannish Lesbian, the Trauma Victim, the Weakling, the Predator, and the Well-Adjusted. What follows is a documentation of every queer character from King’s bibliography, spanning the breadth of novels, short stories, teleplays, and screenplays.

Note: I decided not to include characters who were suspected of being gay but were not definitively proven to be, such as Douglas Posey from Rose Red, who is described by “family legend” as having a “thing for cowboys,” or a pair of barflies in The Dead Zone who are characterized by the sour bartender who is angry at them as “diesel dykes.” I am also not including male characters who prey on…

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Artemisia Gentileschi: Artist Exploration

Quick Facts: Born: 1593 Died: 1652-56 (different sources claim different years) Style: Italian Baroque Frequent Subjects: Women in the bible Notable works: Susanna and the Elders, Judith Slaying Holofernes -Began Painting as a teenager. -Daughter of famous painter, Orazio Gentileschi. -Artemisia was raped by fellow artist, Agnostino Tassi, who worked with her father. There was... Continue Reading →

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