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Original Essays | July 24, 2014

Jessica Valenti: IMG Full Frontal Feminism Revisited



It is arguably the worst and best time to be a feminist. In the years since I first wrote Full Frontal Feminism, we've seen a huge cultural shift in... Continue »
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Moby-Dick (Everyman's Library) by Herman Melville
Moby-Dick (Everyman's Library)

julius, October 13, 2008

One of the joys of growing older is revisiting the books that were required reading in high school. Like most teens, when I was TOLD to do anything, I rebelled immediately! Or at least I would comply grudgingly! I was speaking to my boss not long ago and I asked her what her favourite book was. She said without hesitation, "Moby Dick". She couldn't recommend it enough, and her enthusiasm was catching! I have to tell you, this is a daunting book at least. The size alone, like the title character is fairly massive, but like the answer to the riddle of how to eat an elephant, I set about reading this book one bite at a time! I set aside any anxiety about getting every little bit of everything that so many other writers have written about this book, and experienced this work as I read it. As I read, this book, this masterpiece, unfolds, and unfolds, and unfolds! It takes you in and engulfs you in this world, these characters, these situations. The chapters involving whaling and sea craft, at first tedious to me, as it seemed to interrupt the flow of the story, were really saying so much more. By the time I reached the end, I flipped the book back to the beginning to read the first chapter again and how different the meaning was. "Call me Ishmael" sends a chill through me even now, and probably will always. This book is about you. Me. All of us. No lie! This book should never be taken lightly, but it is a very accessible and thoroughly rewarding experience. Every bit of it. When I am asked the question I asked my boss, I say without hesitation, "My favourite book is Moby Dick, and if you haven't read it, you should. It will change your life". It changed mine.
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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Snow Crash

julius, October 13, 2008

I have always found that in the genre of science fiction, that what makes a good writer is the ability to see what we have before us and following these to various possible conclusions. What makes the writer great, is when some of these conclusions come true. It was thus with Arthur C. Clarke, and Isaac Asimov, so to with Neal Stephenson. Snow Crash introduces us to Hiro Protagonist and the "Street", a three dimensional virtual world that you plug into and interact in this world via an avatar. You can be anything in this world. Sound familiar? Sure we don't plug into our computers for full immersion participation, but anyone who has played World of Warcraft or socialized in Second Life can dig this! There is also the globe in Hiro's virtual office on the Street. Very like Google Earth. When I read this book, (my first by this author) in 2005, I checked the publication date and was surprised to see that the original publication date was 1992! Of course the story is very good and the characters are engaging as well. All in all a very exciting read!
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