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Originally posted December 2005 Credits: for my book club, who once again chose something fascinating I wouldn't ordinarily have picked up. Synopsis This is the story of Janie, a black beautiful woman in the 1930's. Told in flashback to a close female friend, she relates her childhood and three marriages. In doing so she also […]

A dog amongst adoring sheep Unfortunately there was one other aspect of this book which I found profoundly irritating, and that was the almost feudal assumptions it made about people and their places in society. The women who appeared in the story were all supposedly intelligent, self-sufficient, and educated — yet ultimately they were all […]

Originally posted May 2006 For the first time I've gotten a book club book which I found disappointing. I was surprised, since the book was part of a recommended series by a couple of authors who've worked together previously, so you'd think by now they've had gotten it right. However, as I noted already, I […]

Advertising & Emotional Manipulation An interesting sidenote: studies have shown people look at advertising for only seconds at most, unless the ad somehow catches their interest. If the ad can do that, you look at it longer, and are more likely to remember the brand name. This means advertisers must pack a great deal of […]

Women and War in History Historically speaking, this is nonsense. Women have been warriors throughout the ages, both in cultures which honored them, and in those which tried to suppress them. If the subject interests you (and I always encourage research), please read through the Women Warriors section on the fascinating web site GenderGap. There's […]

Originally posted March 2004 Credits:Thanks to Bob and George for thoughtful reasoning and feedback. src="http://rcm-images.amazon.com/images/G/01/rcm/120×240.gif" >width="120" height="240" border="0" usemap="#boxmap-p8" alt="Shop >at Amazon.com">Please be warned there are spoilers in this review. I noticed in the paper today how many Oscars were won by Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies, which were based on J. R. […]

Book review originally posted June 2004 With thanks to Guthrum, oddly enough, who showed me loving horror didn't mean you were one. ;-) King has actually written two books here. One is a surprisingly candid review of his memories of childhood and young adulthood. The other is about the craft of writing, and it is […]

The "Silk" Series

In: Book review, Feminism, LIBRARY, Writing

by Mary Jo Putney 20 July 2006 book review by Collie Collier Credits: For my kind-hearted and thoughtful recommender, who I hope will both find this review interesting; and understand that while I didn't care for the books, I was quite touched at her efforts to help me. Also for Lou, who helped me remember […]

Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.

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