At Least the National Book Award Panel Doesn’t Think Women Are Useless

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

While Octavia E. Butler’s Fledgling is Mostly a “Sophisticated” Twilight, One Can At Least Glean That the Vampire/Human Relationship is an Allegory for Slavery

When Fledgling first came out in 2005, it once again put Octavia E. Butler on the map as an author. Capitalizing on the then current zeitgeist of the vampire story (the Twilight series was released on October 5 to Fledgling‘s September 8), Butler’s writing style throughout often smacks of the sentiment, “I need a paycheck.”┬áIts rather on the nose motif of the old guard’s contempt … Continue reading While Octavia E. Butler’s Fledgling is Mostly a “Sophisticated” Twilight, One Can At Least Glean That the Vampire/Human Relationship is an Allegory for Slavery