The Descent of Alette: Feminine Epics as Rebellion

I just turned this one in. It’s for a very basic English class (albeit Honors) that we all have to take as freshmen. I hope it’s at least mildly interesting. Here is the link to the book, The Descent of Alette by Alice Notley. ——————————— The Iliad. The Odyssey. Beowulf. Paradise Lost. What do these…

The Kim Kardashian Test

For many years, whether or not someone liked Harry Potter was paramount to my opinion of them. If they, like some in my 6th grade Algebra class, thought it was “gay” (though it didn’t deter my years long crush on that person, for Olivia can’t reject or write people off with ease!) then I had…

Music, Mood, Mental Illness

Music has always been known to have a visceral impact upon the body and mind. Even beyond it prompting people to dance, its upbeat melodies make folks happy, dulcet tones calm the anxious, and screaming validates the angry. For some reason, and I’ll dive into why I think this is even though I can’t know…

On gift giving and self sacrifice

There is a quality of mine that I adore. It gets me into so much trouble and causes so much suffering, but I can’t lose it. It’s an inextricable element of my identity. I’m the one who cares more. I’m the one who always gives. And that’s quite painful. I was thinking back, the other…

Booksmart and Female Friendships

I recently went and saw the movie Booksmart and I could not possibly more highly recommend it. It’s actress Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut and it stars Kaitlyn Dever as Amy and Beanie Feldstein (yes, like from Lady Bird!) as Molly. Amy and Molly are best, tight-as-could-be, parents-mistake-them-for-lesbian-lovers (Amy is actually gay, Molly isn’t) kind of…

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