Margaret Atwood – Life before man

Look, I’m smiling at you, I’m smiling in you, I’m smiling through you. How can I be dead if I breathe in every quiver of your hand? – Abram Tertz (Andrei Sinyavsky), The Icicle Oh wow, what a book this has been. I read it in short bursts and I must say it's one of … Continue reading Margaret Atwood – Life before man

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Memory, Diaspora, Hysteria: Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace

by Marlene Goldman In her introduction to this collection, Julia Creet asserts that “migration is a condition of memory,” and cites Pierre Nora’s lament that “we create sites of memory because we not longer have ‘real environments of memory’: stable geographic, generation environments in which memory resides .  . .” Margaret Atwood’s historical novel Alias Grace is  based … Continue reading Memory, Diaspora, Hysteria: Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace

The Tufa Novels * The Hum and the Shiver Book Reivew

No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the mountains of East Tennessee.  When the first Europeans came to the Smoky Mountains, the Tufa were already there.  Dark-haired and enigmatic, they live quietly in the hills and valleys of Cloud County, their origins lost to history.  But there are … Continue reading The Tufa Novels * The Hum and the Shiver Book Reivew

Incorporating Science into Your Next Backyard Adventure

Your backyard is a great place for your child to get outside in play. In addition to swimming and playing outdoor sports, your child can also use your backyard as a science experiment. If you are interested in helping them achieve this, you may want to familiarize yourself with some popular backyard activities, especially those … Continue reading Incorporating Science into Your Next Backyard Adventure

There is no shame in loving * from Dorne with love

...coast of Dorne. Sand and rocks and scorpions, and no good anchorage for hundreds of leagues. You can swim there if you like, and walk to Oldtown. You will need to cross the deep desert and climb some mountains and swim the Torentine. Or else you could go to Gilly.” “You do not understand. Last … Continue reading There is no shame in loving * from Dorne with love

Gardening: A Fun and Creative Backyard Project

When summer rolls around, many individuals enjoy spending time in their backyard. When it comes to summer, many individuals associate backyards with picnics, barbeques, swimming, and outdoor sports. While all of these activities are nice, there are not the only things that you can do in your backyard. In fact, there are a number of … Continue reading Gardening: A Fun and Creative Backyard Project

Arya Stark – Wise for death. * A song of ice and fire

“Death is not the worst thing,” the kindly man replied. “It is His gift to us, an end to want and pain. On the day that we are born the Many-Faced God sends each of us a dark angel to walk through life beside us. When our sins and our sufferings grow too great to … Continue reading Arya Stark – Wise for death. * A song of ice and fire

Backyard Campouts: The Perfect Nighttime Activity

Each year, millions of Americans head out to their local campgrounds. Camping in the great outdoors is any camper’s dream; however, not everyone is able to camp at a campground or state park. If you find it difficult or impossible to go camping, you may want to consider backyard camping. You may very well find … Continue reading Backyard Campouts: The Perfect Nighttime Activity

I’m starved for you * Margaret Atwood book review

I must have finished this book in about 2h or so and I must say I'm impressed. It is set in an alternate future, where all the humans, in order to have some sort of an order after an apocalyptic event (and also as a social experiment), decide to create a city where the population … Continue reading I’m starved for you * Margaret Atwood book review