Posted On: Dec 8, 2017 In: In the Spotlight
The newest Star Wars movie is days away from release, and there’s an electricity in the air surrounding this excitement that I’m forced to refer to as the Force. With the new trilogy and Expanded Universe movies all abuzz, it’s become clear that women have taken a firm hold of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Characters like Rey and Jyn Erso are proving to be even more popular than their male counterparts.
Recently, I happily discovered that the amount of female writers contributing to the fiction of the Expanded Universe (EU), and the totally kick-butt stories that have come from them. The reading level of these stories ranges, which is perfect for fostering a long-term love for the EU in young readers. They’re complex, fascinating, and cover all of the backstory that would’ve turned each of the existing movies into 6-hour features—something that I’m not at all opposed to, for the record. Read More..
Posted On: Oct 10, 2017 In: In the Spotlight
I have a theory that everyone is shamefully hiding the stack of books they’ve neglected to read this year from the world. “It’s not my fault!” one might say, “Some were incredibly thoughtful gifts; some were found while innocently scouring the Friends’ collection; and some were impulse buys that I’m definitely, absolutely going to find the time to read. Very soon. Probably.”
It often takes Big Life Stuff and its looming deadlines to force that to-read list out of the shadows. I’m down to a three month wire, and can see the time that I have to read for my own enjoyment shrinking away by the moment. There’s a big, beautiful stack of books in front of me demanding I visit their pages. Six books in three months—Game On! Read More..
Posted On: Aug 25, 2017 In: In the Spotlight
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock rather than reading our phenomenal blog posts, I’m obligated to tell you that Sarah is a freaking rockstar.
She reads things, she writes about them, she spreads generally wonderful vibes, and every Sunday morning throughout Summer Reading 2017 she’s asked you: What are you reading? Read More..
Posted On: May 19, 2017 In: In the Spotlight
Deciding to eat a vegan diet is a lifestyle change that many people struggle with. It is often perceived to be “inconvenient” or somehow “unsatisfying,” and it does not need to be. Arguably, it is far more inconvenient for the animals, the planet, and your health than it is for you to make some lifestyle adjustments.
While the negative health aspects and animal cruelty arguments don’t give everyone pause, many people are rallying behind veganism because of their newfound understanding of the environmental impact that the factory farming of animals has on our environment. Factory farming accounts for 37% of methane emissions, which has more than 20 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide (CO2).
When you consider the millions of acres of deforestation that is happening to make room for more cattle to graze, and the fact that industrial agriculture sucks up 70% of all freshwater on the planet, it quickly becomes obvious that we all need to do our part to reduce the negative impact our lifestyles have on this planet. Read More..
Posted On: Mar 21, 2017 In: In the Spotlight
It’s finally happening, squirrel friends! Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Friday, March 24th at 8/7c on VH1.
The herstory of Drag is one of struggle, damnation, and, most importantly, fabulous ferocity. Drag is something that has been widely misunderstood, and even more widely unaccepted. RuPaul Charles—more appropriately, Mama Ru—has been working for decades to expose Drag to the masses as a normal and respected practice and art form.
In that time, he has gained notoriety as not only a fashion icon, but as a feminine icon. Drag has shaken the foundations of commonly accepted gender roles and expanded what American society accepts and embraces as beauty. People are beginning to accept that Drag is not taboo. Thanks in large part to the success of RuPaul’s Drag Race and its contestants, the world is learning to not only accept Drag, but to respect it. Read More..
Posted On: Jan 20, 2017 In: In the Spotlight
Image Comics, a popular indie comic publisher, is known for its creative license. Their vast range includes wonderfully different, wildly successful stories such as The Walking Dead and Saga. When you walk up into Astrokitty Comics @ Game Nut on Mass Street, you’ll find that the back side of their display shelves is a giant homage to Image’s dedication to diversity of content, rather than attempting to keep all storylines within the same relative universe, i.e. like Marvel and DC Comics. Read More..