• Understanding the Da Vinci Code: Why Quest Thrillers Work

    Understanding the Da Vinci Code: Why Quest Thrillers Work0

    The first six or so pages of my paperback copy of The Da Vinci Code are taken up with a collection of praise and excerpts from favourable reviews, from publications of all types. People loved this book. And you know what? They were right. The Da Vinci Code is what they call an airport novel.

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  • Decoupling Gender: Why You Should Care About Toys

    Decoupling Gender: Why You Should Care About Toys0

    • September 14, 2015

    On August 7th, Target announced that they were eliminating gender-based signage from their toy department. Proponents of the changes celebrated, and opponents released a flurry of negative media coverage. When I discovered the backlash exploding all over Facebook and Twitter I was pretty surprised, because this isn’t a very big change. The move to separate

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  • Books that Shaped Me: The Bell Jar: Circumventing the Jar, Circling the Bell

    Books that Shaped Me: The Bell Jar: Circumventing the Jar, Circling the Bell1

    The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath Harper Perennial Modern Classic 1971 I couldn’t tell you the year I read The Bell Jar, I couldn’t tell you how old I was, nor the season. But I could tell you what I was wearing the first time I opened the pages and fell deeply in love with Sylvia

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