The consentient praise and admiration showered upon J.D. Salinger’s greatest masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye, has but one primary shortcoming: instilling murderous rage within the hearts of marginalized white men. Yes, this means Mark David Chapman (and let us also not forget its place in the Mike White-written The Good Girl). Among the most prominent themes of the novel is phoniness, with specific regard … Continue reading The Catcher in the Rye and Phoniness
It’s been a bad week for women (want to pay for your own birth control, anyone?). Shit, a bad year. Surely you must know why. But one thing women can take comfort in this week is that the National Book Award panel of judges has seen fit to recognize female writers very noticeably on their list of finalists this year. Though we’ve always known the … Continue reading At Least the National Book Award Panel Doesn’t Think Women Are Useless
From the moment Beyoncé dropped her surprise self-titled album back in 2013, the song everyone immediately became enamored with was “***Flawless,” a track that included a sample from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2012 speech entitled “We Should All Be Feminists,” which she delivered for a TEDx talk. The sentiment of the work caught on immediately, propelling Beyoncé to utilize a segment of it in the interlude toward … Continue reading Why Must It Take Jay-Z and Beyoncé To Spur Interest in the Written Word?