Disability rights activists stress ‘nothing about us without us,’ and this should include critical discussions of the political issues surrounding disability.
Half Blood Blues is an excellent entry in a body of literature that might seem tired by now, illustrating what a great author, and a great tale, can unearth in seemingly overworked ground.
Carney powerfully argues that the “red market” traffics in the commodification of bodies, their parts, and their fluids in a world that has increasingly relied on black market commodities to create and maintain flows of capital to the already-wealthy at the direct expense of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people across the globe.
If bookish, overeager boys would truly refuse to read about a bookish, overeager main character, simply because she was female… well, that says as much about contemporary gender relations as anything else. And what it says is depressing.
Looking back over the series–from Hermione Granger and the Philosopher’s Stone through to Hermione Granger and the Deathly Hallows–the startling thing about it is how original it is.
Embassytown is unabashedly an intellectual exercise, bursting with ideas.
In Dead Reckoning, the mix of housework and horror comes into its own.
Though he does refer to very recent pop culture and political examples, the problems that Žižek addresses are sadly likely to prove durable: environmental crisis, growing economic inequality, problems surrounding intellectual property, and advances in science that challenge our sense of what it means to be human.
Dancing Theology in Fetish Boots is an intriguing collection of mismatched elements that sheds new light on sexuality, gender and race in religious locations.
The underlying assumptions behind the Wall Street Journal piece seem to be rooted in the idea that children read books with heavy content and ‘go bad,’ when in fact the opposite is true. Some children lead dark lives and they read books with intense themes to find protagonists they identify with in an often hostile world.