An ‘Unorthodox’ Harmony

It's good to know that even in quarantine, my old friend synchronicity can still visit me. I watched the Netflix miniseries Unorthodox after reading the review from Vox's Alissa Wilkinson and am so glad I did. Based on the true story of a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman fleeing her community in Williamsburg, it's just four … Continue reading An ‘Unorthodox’ Harmony

Two Librarians Discuss: The Fault In Our Stars – Okay?

Alyssa Vincent (Twitter) and I go way back to our college days, where we were fellow English majors and worked as co-editors-in-chief of our school newspaper. When we were emailing about her contributing to the second issue of the Simba Life Quarterly, I made an allusion to The Fault In Our Stars, which elicited a strongly … Continue reading Two Librarians Discuss: The Fault In Our Stars – Okay?

Why Wait?: The Adventure Of Marrying Young

Previously published in the North Central Chronicle on April 23, 2010. The PDF version of this article as it originally appeared in the Chronicle is at the end of the story. Antonia and Brian bought a wedding planning book for $14. But sometime later Antonia's maid of honor bought them a $4 wedding planning book … Continue reading Why Wait?: The Adventure Of Marrying Young

Twilight Bites: How Dazzling Vampires Distort Masculinity

Published in the North Central Chronicle on April 24, 2009. Let's pretend I'm a teenage girl and that you're my best friend. I've just told you about this guy I started dating. He's perfect in every way, I say. He stares at me while I sleep, he alienates me from my friends and, among other … Continue reading Twilight Bites: How Dazzling Vampires Distort Masculinity

Macho, Macho Men: Vulnerability In ‘Casino Royale’ And ‘The Bourne Identity’

Originally published in the North Central Chronicle on April 25, 2008. John McClane, Rambo, the Terminator. They are the American Action Hero: muscular, terse, a killing machine. They favor spouting clever catchphrases and blowing stuff up over expressing emotion. To them, women are hors d’oeuvres best enjoyed while they serve cold dishes of revenge to … Continue reading Macho, Macho Men: Vulnerability In ‘Casino Royale’ And ‘The Bourne Identity’