State of the Body

By C.S. Bhagya "Nevertheless it will be said that if the body is not a thing, it is a situation" ...
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/ Poetry

Exit West, and the New Magic of Demography

Mohsin Hamid’s new book is right on the border of magical realism. I’m not sure which side of that border ...
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/ Current

“Kiss More Boys” — An Interview With Author Rakesh Satyal

Indulgence editor Angelina Eimannsberger had the great fortune to get an email interview with Rakesh Satyal, author of the Lambda ...
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/ Current, Featured, Narrative

Boy meets girl, they walk through a magic door: Book Review of “Exit West”

By Angelina Eimannsberger “In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly ...
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Reflections on Black Wifehood in “The Meaning of Michelle”

“Imagine that. America shaped in the image of a black man--with a black woman by his side. Even after eight ...
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Hillary Clinton: What Happened

Our lifewriting blog for September continues with some reflections on Hillary Clinton's just published memoir What Happened. Hillary Clinton was ...
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/ Feminism, Lifewriting

Slate Coffee, Seattle

by Ian Kennedy During my cross-country tour, I transitioned from liking coffee to posing as a coffee blogger, to actually ...
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/ Coffee

October book pick: Exit West

In October, Indulgence will read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. The novel imagines a country torn apart by Civil War and two lovers who find ...
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Indulgence as Self-Work

By Ian Kennedy One of the questions I get a lot, once people find out about Indulgence, is why we ...
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/ Current

Why Bad Feminist Roxane Gay Is Actually The Best

By Angelina Eimannsberger Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist performs an inclusive, accessible, illuminating feminism that is aware of its own limits ...
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/ Intervention, Lifewriting

Lena Dunham’s memoir Not That Kind of Girl–A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’

I read Lena Dunham’s memoir Not That Kind of Girl--A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’ because I wanted ...
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/ Lifewriting

Amy Poehler: Yes Please & Tina Fey: Bossypants

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are very successful women in comedy who both had big, successful, smart shows centered on ...
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/ Lifewriting

Mindy Kaling: Why Not Me?

Mindy Kaling’s second memoir, Why Not Me?, came out in the fall of 2015, a few seasons into her show The ...
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/ Lifewriting

Mindy Kaling: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

The second book I reflect on for this blog is Mindy Kaling's first memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And ...
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/ Lifewriting

Sonia Sotomayor: My Beloved World

The first text I will reflect on is Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir My Beloved World (2013).  The memoir of Justice Sonia ...
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/ Lifewriting

Last Winter Man

By Saronik Bosu Silliest among reasons why his death was my first unmaking, was that my grandfather was a gathered ...
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/ Current, Featured, Poetry

Write Yourself Free: Marie Deaconu-Baylon “North for Sun”

By Angelina Eimannsberger David Foster Wallace, the millennial hero who published Infinite Jest and a few other existential, arcane, highly ...
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/ Narrative

September Book Pic: Women’s Life Writing

By Angelina Eimannsberger and Ian Kennedy, Indulgence Editors We’re excited to share that in September, Indulgence will be all about ...
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Conversations of Men and Women in Rachel Cusk’s “Outline”

By Angelina Eimannsberger Outline (2014) is the first novel of Rachel Cusk’s critically acclaimed trilogy on female experience, followed by ...
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/ Feminism, Narrative

Radical Knowledge for Radical Action: Assata Shakur’s Autobiography

“The schools we go to are reflections of the society that created them. Nobody is going to teach you your ...
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Nature Poetry Part III: Donika Kelly’s ‘Bestiary’

by Ian Kennedy So far this short series on Nature poetry has focused on books where nature as landscape, as ...
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Imaginative Metaphor to Bring Home Social Justice: Christina Sharpe, “In the Wake: On Blackness and Being”.

“The means and modes of Black subjection may have changed, but the fact and structure of that subjection remain” (12) ...
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Kyoto, Rome, Cusco

by Ian Kennedy I want to see what a city like that was like at its height When it mattered, ...
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/ Current

Form Versus Content in Feminist Filmmaking: A Critique of Band Aid

By Paula O’Donnell Zoe Lister-Jones wrote, directed, co-produced, and starred in Band Aid, a film about the general dissonance of ...
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Spring: Central Park on a Wednesday

By Matt Dischner Red breast, brown coat, pecking through the ground like an autumn leaf, covered in dirt, till startled ...
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/ Poetry

Bucking the Patriarchy in the Most Flagrant Way Possible: Julia Serano’s new book Outspoken.

By Angelina Eimannsberger Gender theorist and feminist Julia Serano is one of our biggest inspirations at Indulgence. Her first book, ...
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/ Current, Feminism, Intervention

A Snowstorm in March: Upper West Side

By Matt Dischner I can feel a frozen brine forming on my beard, windborne residue of salt and ice carried ...
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/ Current, Poetry

Men, terrorism, and circular destruction: Karan Mahajan’s “The Association of Small Bombs”

By Angelina Eimannsberger Karan Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs is a story about terrorism. Intensely located in Delhi, India, ...
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/ Current, Narrative

Why “Indulgence”?

By Indulgence Editors Dear Reader, As we are rebooting our magazine Indulgence, we decided to share a few thoughts with ...
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Morningside Ave: Early January Afternoon

By Matt Dischner The birch, though stripped of bark, stands strong, its white trunk a testament to seasonal perseverance, a ...
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/ Poetry, Verse

Hour of the Ox

By Ian Kennedy In the second installment of our series on nature poetry, we turn to Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello's Hour of ...
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/ Uncategorized, Verse

Ross Gay: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

by Ian Kennedy Continuing with our Poetry Thursdays, over the next few weeks we’ll feature a collection of essays about ...
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/ Uncategorized, Verse

This was a different poem once

By Saronik Bosu This was a different poem once It was longer, for one. And then it lost its first ...
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/ Poetry, Verse

Access to NYC Building Emissions Data

by Ian Kennedy Remember way back two weeks ago when the United States (my homeland) disgraced itself by pulling out ...
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/ Current, Featured, Intervention

James River: Low Tide

Tell me, what did the Peninsula look like before John Smith, before Wahunsunacawh, before the box turtle, its yellow and ...
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/ Poetry, Uncategorized, Verse

Emma Cline’s “The Girls”: Seeing Evie

By Angelina Eimannsberger Emma Cline's 2016 debut The Girls is set in 1960s California. The novel tells the story of 14 year old Evie drifting ...
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Put a Price on Carbon

This letter was written by Patricia Taylor, one of our regular contributors, and published online by the New York Times ...
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/ Current, Intervention

Sincere feminism: Mindy Kaling’s narrative of confidence, hard work, and pleasure

"It's so weird being my own role model. I recommend it." --Mindy Lahiri, "The Mindy Project," S1 E1 "Confidence is ...
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Why We Like ‘cat pile’

by Patricia Taylor First of all, none of us had ever heard of “cat pile.”  Then, our son Ian went ...
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/ Uncategorized

Literature as Nurture in “The Namesake”

By Angelina Eimannsberger Jhumpa Lahiri's first novel, The Namesake, might seem like an American immigrant story like we've seen before: Bengali ...
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Ross Gay: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

by Ian Kennedy Continuing with our Poetry Thursdays, over the next few weeks we’ll feature a collection of essays about ...
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/ Uncategorized

Are you white like me?

by Ian Kennedy If if are white like me, you know that part of what elected 45 was racism and ...
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/ Current, Featured, Intervention

“We speak of trees” and “For too long”

By Benjamin Philips We speak of trees as stationary, but perhaps they move quite slowly. For too long, I have ...
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/ Poetry, Verse

“Hear the birds” & other haikus

By Benjamin Philips Hear the birds in the canopy, singing their songs of what is below. Under the murky depths, ...
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/ Poetry, Verse

The Mothers II: Complicated Heroines

By Angelina Eimannsberger *Please note that this essay references major developments of The Mothers' plot in its discussion of complicated heroines. Please ...
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/ Featured, Feminism, Women and Novels

“Who is the sun” & two other haikus

By Benjamin Phillips Who is the sun, that flowers should follow its arc across the heavens? The lantern oil burns, attracting ...
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/ Poetry, Verse

Don’t Worry. Do Something.

by Patricia Taylor I try not to worry, but I can’t help it.  If humans keep burning fossil fuels, we are ...
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/ Current, Featured

The Mothers: Care and Masculinity

by Ian Kennedy The Mothers, in accord with its title, is concerned with motherhood, femininity, and women’s homosocial care. Its author, ...
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Dear Chimamanda, we need your feminism, but you need trans and cis women.

“Everything about Divine is soft. Softness or firmness is only a matter of tissues in which the blood is more ...
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/ Feminism, Women and Novels

May: “An Aesthetic Education”

By Indulgence Editors Our May book pick is Gayatri Spivak's 2012 monograph "An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization." ...
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The mighty brook & two other haikus

By Benjamin Philips The mighty brook near  my house, spends time babbling  its secrets to me. Hello little one. Do ...
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/ Poetry, Verse

The Friendship Plot: A new focus in story telling on women and their lives in the novels of Elena Ferrante

by Angelina Eimannsberger Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels--My Brilliant Friend (2012), The Story of a New Name (2013), Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2014), ...
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/ Women and Novels

Big Little Lies: Female Alliance as the Synthesis of the Psychosexual Hegelian Dialectic of Domestic Abuse

By Renee Zhu Celeste Wright, portrayed by Nicole Kidman in the series Big Little Lies adapted from Liane Moriarty’s eponymous ...
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/ Featured, Feminism, Pop Culture

Refuse

by Ben Phillips The world around me continually changes. I refuse to speak. The dreariness of life, satisfied with no change ...
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/ Poetry, Verse

NEW SERIES: American Women and Their Novels

By Angelina Eimannsberger We are excited to announce our new series, "American Women and Their Novels," in which we look at ...
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The Battle of Endview Plantation

by Matt Dischner Shenandoah stirs my wooded memory, crumpling leaves an underfoot percussion to longdraw exhales on the violin tumbling ...
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/ Poetry, Verse

Massad’s “Islam in Liberalism”: how do we use our words?

By Angelina Eimannsberger I love academia, never a popular statement in the so-called real world, and often also smiled at ...
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Moving Through Kashmir

by Matt Dischner The air was dense with human acridity, a humidity reinforced by an excess of scarves, puffer jackets, ...
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Poetry in Black Ink

by Matt Dischner There’s a cleanliness in Irish Whiskey. The taste of sweet, fresh cut grass drawn straight from the ...
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/ Poetry, Verse

Go West, Young Millennial

by Matt Dischner  I’ve searched for America in the words of others, Kerouac and McCarthy, Steinbeck and Muir In Abraham ...
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/ Poetry, Verse

“Make Your Own Freedom” and “Do You Have a Secret?

by Indulgence Editors February saw our first Jour Fixe (thank you to all who made it out!) and a surprise ...
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Materials of Indulgence

by Angelina Eimannsberger, with Ian Kennedy We called this magazine Indulgence because we enjoy enjoying--carbs, texts, thoughts, tv, and many other things ...
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February is for fighting

by Angelina Eimannsberger Our February book pic is Monique Wittig's Let Guerilleres. We planned it as a fun literary excursion ...
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/ Book and Theme Posts

“We Are All Immigrants Here”

by Angelina Eimannsberger The heartening protests over the last days might seem to thrust us into a simpler time of Empire ...
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/ Feminism

The End of Writing

by Bobby Sze Chun Ng I must speak of this broadly because writing is essentially everywhere. Whether you are creating art, ...
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Do The Change

by Ian Kennedy Yesterday, January 28, at JFK and airports across the country, protests mattered. They mattered because they helped ...
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/ action, Current, Featured, social justice

What to say to immigration officers

En Español This is a copy of ACLU recommendation when dealing with ICE. Read them and share them. Know your ...
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/ Current

Marching Towards Action

by Lin Gordon New York Insight Meditation Center has a budding environmentally active group which participated in the Women's March ...
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/ Feminism, Submissions/Outreach

The Fascism of America First

By Emily Bolecek It’s early into the first week of a Donald Trump administration and several alarming things have already taken ...
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Twosome is awesome, dear

By Angelina Eimannsberger The Women's March on Washington was a success because women teamed up. We need an action plan ...
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/ Current, Feminism, Pop Culture

To Do: Make a Differance

by Ian Kennedy In which I fail to make it to Washington DC and still have a great time. I ...
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Dispossession Through Flesh: Thoughts on Dance

By Allison Blakeney  Where my words fail, my body begins. I still have not figured out how to express myself ...
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/ Book and Theme Posts, Featured, Feminism

Pragmatic Idealism and Speculative Fiction

by Ian Kennedy How do I decide what to do? The world I have now is overwhelming: lots of beauty, ...
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/ Uncategorized

It’s not about Beliefs

By Ian Kennedy In a Boxing-Day Op-Ed in the New York Times David Paul Kuhn (pictured) made a claim I’ve ...
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/ Uncategorized

I feel you.

by Mindy Silverado At the end of the calendar year, we look back. At books we read, humans we met, news ...
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/ Book and Theme Posts, Current

This Moment of Truth

by Ian Kennedy There's been a lot of talk recently about how our current political debate is one where the ...
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/ Current, Featured

We Need Your Words

by Indulgence Editors It is December and it is cold where we are, so we are spending lots of time ...
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/ Uncategorized

Sartrian freedom, Orwellian threats

By Mindy Silverado "Fast Food Executive for Labor Secretary" --the beginning of a NYT article or a social activist science ...
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/ Book and Theme Posts, Featured, Feminism

Listen Your Heart Out

by Ian Kennedy "The public sphere is constituted in part by what can appear, and the regulation of the sphere ...
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/ Uncategorized

Coming to terms with the now: our books this and next month

By Indulgence Editors It's December now and we are moving on from mourning. We've been reading Judith Butler’s Precarious Life: The ...
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/ Uncategorized

Thanksgiving Myths

by Mindy Silverado Our romanticized version of that most American of feasts has been posited and rejected time after time. The ...
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/ Uncategorized

Riots and Recipes

By Jane de Beauvoir Thanksgiving unites people in their shared American-ness. It does not depend on citizenship, religion, or race ...
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/ Current, Feminism

What now? Post Election To-Do List

by Emily Bolecek The past few weeks have been devastating for our country. Not only is a Trump presidency shocking and ...
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/ Featured, Submissions/Outreach

Girls Girls Girls

"And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable, and powerful and deserving ...
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/ Feminism, Pop Culture

Shedding Light on Gender and Identification

by Jane De Beauvoir (they/them/theirs) I was delighted to have Brian's email and opinion shared here. Indulgence, in part, is ...
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/ Uncategorized

“Classes should be about learning, not gender identity”

On November 16th we published a piece, by Mindy Silverado, which affirmed the practice of sharing pronouns in university spaces, ...
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/ Submissions/Outreach

Pronoun Cosmetics

By Mindy Silverado, Cosmetics Editor You've already met my wonderful colleague Jane de Beauvoir, our sunshine editor, when Jane introduced ...
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/ Featured

Write for Indulgence

by Social Editor Indulgence is about doing those things that fill us with wholesome energy. The feeling of nice wool ...
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/ Submissions/Outreach

People, what are you gonna do about it?

By Angelina Eimannsberger Mychal Denzel Smith, I'm sure, was less surprised than many others when the election results came in ...
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You are not what you think you are

by Ian Kennedy Here are two versions of what you are: A bundle of organs, blood, fluids, microorganisms, proteins, and ...
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Mourning and the Future: December Announcement

by Jane de Beauvoir We're heartbroken too. We need this week for wallowing. The pain we feel, the fear, and the ...
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/ Uncategorized

Why we need Indulgence now

from the Social Editor Today is the 2016 election, and I'm writing before the results are in. That's because as ...
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/ Uncategorized

Not Your Enemy: girl power in friendship

by Angelina Eimannsberger The smashing success of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels about the friendship of Lila and Elena  is a ...
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/ Book and Theme Posts, Feminism

“The Enemy of Self-Love”

by Ian Kennedy Right now, as the 2016 presidential election ticks closer, the world needs love. We especially need love ...
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/ Featured

Individual Struggles: Our Texts for November

by Indulgence Editors Our November texts both focus on stories of individuals struggling with identification in often unfriendly worlds. The ...
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/ Monthly Book Picks