Tigerman

Lester Ferris has seen a lot and done a lot in his life. A sergeant in the British Army he has more than served his country, and now he has been sent to the island of Mancreu in preparation for his retirement. It is a former British colony and he is to serve as the […]

Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean

Rin Tin Tin

The life and legend of the world’s most famous dog While serving during World War I serviceman Lee Duncan came across a little of new born German Shepherd puppies. He took two for himself and gave the others to other soldiers. The two he kept he named Nannette and Rintintin. Unfortunately the little female Nannette […]

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Zoo City

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. Zinzi December finds lost things. That’s her shavi, the gift she received, along with her Sloth, for her crime. No one really knows where the animals come from, or what the Undertow is, but everyone knows that is what is […]

Cinderella ate my daughter

cinderella ate my daughterAfter a career writing about feminism and girls in culture Peggy Orenstein found herself the mother of a girl. And so brought face to face with the practicalities of what she had been theorising about, how to raise a girl to believe in herself and how to try
and avoid the madonna/whore dichotomy. And then her daughter entered her “Disney princess” phase.

Cultural Snobs

If you speak English and watch the telly you’ll probably be aware of the phenomenon that is Harry Potter[1], and you may also be aware of the growing backlash. People giving out about HP & Rowling’s writing. I’m not talking here about religious wierdos who think the books encourage witchcraft and evil satanic practices.

those are subtle seductions, which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly”

I’ll be the first to admit that the Harry Potter books are not shining examples of literature. The prose is not perfect, Rowling’s style doesn’t make you want to quote passages from it.

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