Tagged: culture

The magic and metafiction of “The Witch of Portobello”

The magic and metafiction of “The Witch of Portobello”

As a modern Pagan, it’s absolutely wonderful to see a writer treating magic and the supernatural in such a…natural way. Paulo Coelho’s The Witch of Portobello speaks frankly about magic and its place in the world, and more importantly, accepts it.

The Witch Athena may be a troubled character, but her struggles and her art resonated deeply with me. To find a character that I could relate to on a spiritual level, well, that doesn’t happen very often, and this is a book I’ll come back to because of that.

The Hypothetical Girl exposes the hidden emotion of online dating

The Hypothetical Girl exposes the hidden emotion of online dating

Every story in Elizabeth Cohen’s first collection, The Hypothetical Girl, has a “Yes, yes that’s it!” moment. These are romance stories for the connected twenty-first century, but I have to warn you, most of them don’t have happy endings. Although online dating is gaining more acceptance in our culture, a lot of people still look...

#FridayReads: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life by Wendy Shanker

#FridayReads: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life by Wendy Shanker

If you are a woman and you have ever felt bad about your body, you need to read this book. In it, Wendy Shanker takes a hard look at body image, stereotypes, negative connotations, outright judgement, dieting, and more. The most powerful thing she’s suggested so far is this: If you have tried many, many...

On Star Wars and generosity

On Star Wars and generosity

I’ve always felt that Star Wars fans were one big family, but the weekend I just spent at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim reinforced that in a big way. So many people went out of their way to be kind to me, and not for any particular reason. They did it just because. Here are a few...

Exploring cultural crevasses in Good Indian Girls

Exploring cultural crevasses in Good Indian Girls

Ranbir Singh Sidhu’s debut short story collection, Good Indian Girls, is full of dark and disturbing tales that wander through the depths of the human psyche. Although most of the stories focus on the experiences of Indian immigrants in America, these are not the typical “adjust to American life” or clash-of-culture tales. Instead, Sidhu writes...