The year of reading women… starts today

Yesterday  I was looking over my book-a-holic wife's shelves, hoping she had a couple of early Gillian Slovo novels (nope). While we were talking about the wonderful Barbara Kingsolver today, the wife suggested today that I spend a year where all the fiction I read is  all by women, (with a bias towards non-Western).  And... Continue Reading →

Womjep plotholes

What's womjep?  "Woman in jeopardy," in which our heroine is beset on all sides by untrustworthy men, and is (usually) saved by her own nous but also seen and unseen heroic men. [I think I may owe it to Christopher Buckley, in his awesome 'Thank You for Smoking'). The go-to example is the Julia Roberts... Continue Reading →

Activist Fictions…

The article below appeared in the latest issue of the essential-reading “Peace News.” (subscribe here.) Activist Fictions The absurdly handsome activist bit his lip. The Peace News crew were threatening mil-itary action if the final extended deadline for a 2000 word essay on “Activism and Fiction” was missed. The clock was most definitely two minutes... Continue Reading →

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