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The Irrational Woman in the Age of Reason

by Bárbara Pérez Curiel As mirrors of reality, cultural products contribute to normalizing, more directly or indirectly, practices and ideas of the context in which they are created. Sometimes, however, they are also spaces of resistance where certain of these conventions are not normalized but rather exposed as what they are: constructions that can be...

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Popular Approval

From social media to marketing campaigns to commercials on TV, popular approval is considered its own endorsement for a product. What more could an author ask for than to see their name or their book trending on social media? It elevates their profile significantly; potentially thousands of people who haven’t heard of them or their...

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Reflections: John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids Remains As Timely As Ever In Today’s World

In the future world of The Chrysalids (original U.S. title Re-Birth) all cities are believed to have been left in ruin from Tribulation, which God sent to punish the Old People for their sins. In Labrador, people are raised to follow strict rules. Everything must be in God’s image.  Very little remains from the Old...

Columbus Pride Festival: Then vs. Now, In vs. Out of the Closet
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Columbus Pride Festival: Then vs. Now, In vs. Out of the Closet

by Laila Winters Content Warning: homophobia, queer slurs, religion, abortion Despite the rain and the ominous clouds overhead, an explosion of color poured into the streets of downtown Columbus on June 15th, 2019. In a celebration echoed across the world during the month of June, more than 500,000 people marched between Columbus’ towering skyscrapers in...

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Bury The Trope, Not Your Gays

By Laila Winters We’ve all experienced that heart-stopping, gut-wrenching feeling of watching our favorite character be killed off on television. Several weeks following the show’s epic series finale, Game of Thrones fans are still reeling from Daenerys Targaryen’s death after Jon Snow, her lover-turned-nephew, ran her through with his sword. Dany’s death appeared to be...

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Some Places To Be – Indigenous History Month

In honor of Canada’s National Indigenous History Month, let’s look at some artists of note, as well as some pertinent stories affecting Indigenous Persons. Indigenous Authors Picked as Rising Stars Indigenous author Eden Robinson names 5 Indigenous authors to watch, and explains why Waubgeshig Rice, Alicia Elliott, Arielle Twist, Joshua Whitehead and Lindsay Nixon are poised to...

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Cultural Appropriation: Tomorrow’s Introduction & Today’s Confession

A Headdress Where It Doesn’t Belong, is a direct, unflinching look at the harm caused by cultural appropriation. It confronts with truths some may find hard to hear, but cultural appropriation is a crucial topic of discussion in the art world. Any person considering crossing cultural lines in their writing needs to read that article....

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Do #OwnVoices, ‘Write Your Truth’ and Concerns About Cultural Appropriation Mean Writers are Limited to Writing What They Know?

Write what you know. Write your truth. Avoid cultural appropriation. With editors and agents seeking #OwnVoices manuscripts, do these common exhortations combine as part of a publishing doctrine that limits everyone to sticking in their own lane and writing based solely on their identity and experience? In order to effectively evaluate these tips they must...