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Cheryl Strayed

Author Cheryl Strayed has been an inspiration of mine since I first read Wild, her memoir about the challenges and grief of her young life and her subsequent solo journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s a story about the value of adventures, risk taking, and self-discovery. Oprah liked the book enough to choose it […]

On Body Mods

With the increasing popularity of piercings, tattoos, and other forms of body modification in our modern culture, I often find myself wondering: What is the history of body modification in American culture? Are certain personality types drawn to body modification more than others? What are some perspectives on the role of body modification in identity politics? […]

Maggie Nelson Reading List

I wanted to write a blog post about Maggie Nelson. About how her books are genre- and gender-defying works of incredible, articulate genius. How her sentences are so meticulously edited that no words feel unnecessary or wasted. How they masterfully examine—as an interviewer for Bookslut put it—the “politics of normativity.” Instead, though, I will talk […]

Examining Privilege

You may have seen this quote or a variation of it floating around in the current political ether: “Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it’s not a problem to you personally.” The following books provide insight into privilege—particularly white privilege—and how to analyze and combat it. Comment with any additional recommendations. Race […]

Sci Fi for Dummies

Many of my friends are science fiction geeks, so when our discussions inevitably drift towards the genre—one I’ve never actually read—my inferiority complex rears its head. Luckily, said friends are more than eager to suggest some introductory titles: The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin DB 8140 A brilliant but naive physicist attempts to open interplanetary […]

Book Clubs of CLP

The Carnegie Library has numerous book clubs for a variety of hobbies and levels of commitment. The Light Literary Lunch Club is for time-pressed readers: It meets at the Downtown & Business branch to discuss a short story over lunch; Light refreshments are provided. Let’s READ English meets at the Main Library in Oakland: It […]