Recommended Reads: The Only Harmless Great Thing


Recommended Reads, Reviews

At first glance, Brooke Bolander’s The Only Harmless Great Thing may give the impression of a quick and easy read. It may even seem overambitious to propose a melding of two historic tragedies that are often glossed over—the Radium Girls of Newark, NJ, and the execution of Topsy the elephant—could be told in only 89 pages. For such […]

July 16, 2018

“Look What You Made Me Do”: Another Taylor Swift earworm


Music, Reviews

Following the “Bad Blood” attack on Katy Perry, and the self-parody of “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift has a new song inspired by her clickbait-headline-friendly behavior. Whether it’s another breakup or her inspiring and validating sexual assault testimony, we just can’t look away. Unsurprisingly, she couldn’t follow through with her earlier attitude toward her reputation and […]

October 13, 2017

Review: Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times


Reviews

It took very little to convince me to pick up Emma Trevayne’s Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times; it was on the shelf of new arrivals in the young adult section, it’s steampunk, and it takes us from London to Londinium. Like our main character, Jack, we’re taken in by metal fairies, clockwork dragons, and the […]

January 29, 2016