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#FridayReads July 1, 2016

#FridayReads July 1, 2016

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley: A bittersweet novel that avoids all the “man’s best friend” cliches and reminds why we love dogs so much, even though we outlive them. Create Your Writer Platform by Chuck Sambuchino: An informative, no-nonsense book about the how, what, where, and when of getting seen online and, to...

Respect my choice to be childfree

Respect my choice to be childfree

When I was around 14 years old, I realized I had no desire to have children. And here I am, a few months away from hitting 30, and still, I have no desire for children. Neither does my partner. It’s not just a lack of desire though. The thought of having my own children, of...

Six Years

Six Years

Today, I have been married for six years. This surprises people. We married young by today’s standards—I was only 23, and he, 24. Since then we’ve switched jobs multiple times, lost our first German shepherd to kidney disease, adopted another shepherd, bought a house, gone on many, many hikes, gotten into our fair share of...

Voice

Voice

All around me, people are declaring loud and clear that other human beings with different genders, sexualities, and religious beliefs are not, in fact, human beings. That they are less than. Different (in the worst way). Other. There’s Orlando. And the scores of black men being killed by police for no reason. And Trump. And...

Metafiction and the anti-war message of Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

Metafiction and the anti-war message of Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

The use of metafiction in anti-war fiction is fairly common (Slaughterhouse-Five, The Things They Carried). Does the inclusion of the author as a character in Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five (and the knowledge that the “author” fought in World War II) lend credibility to the anti-war message, or does it weaken the message by taking away from the story and characters by using an overbearing delivery?