Cindy's blog

Palin Territory by Amy

By strange coincidence (and what coincidence isn’t strange?) I found myself at the height of Sarah Palin’s publicity reading two different fiction novels set in Alaska.

I realized that I have always been a little fascinated by Alaska, the wintry landscape, the sparseness of population. The reputation as a place that those who walk to a slightly different beat might find a home. Northern Exposure fueled my interest as did my sister’s tales of her 6 month AmeriCorps adventure in the wilderness, which included having to shoot her gun in the air to warn off a bear.

My Dirty Little Secret by Rebecca

Jane Austen is my dirty little secret. In feminist theory classes, I read her novels side-by-side with modern Harlequin Romances, and the comparisons are vast. Without fail, there must always be a man, a manor, and a marriage.

The Creepy Side of Emotional Isolation by Nick

In which we discussed the getting in touch with the creepy side of emotional isolation, the K-Mart Realists, and Haruki Murakami

Twilight: Harry Potter it ain't! by Peter

I’m not really sure what I was thinking. A 32 year old guy picking up a teen romance.

Interview with a Vampire-Lover, or Unrealistic Expectations by Kristen

I am a 30-year-old woman in love with a teenage vampire. This is not a “National Inquirer” headline. I am embarrassed, but I do not attempt to keep this fascination under wraps. I am in literary lust with Edward Cullen, the hero/antihero of Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” quartet. I thought I would never say this but Edward Cullen makes me want to be 17 again.