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- ItemAlouette(2020) Tien, Caroline; Zwarg, Christina, 1949-In the months since her mechanical-engineer husband confessed to cheating on her, twentysomething Lenore has moved back in with her parents, gotten a job as a barista, and reconnected with her best friend from college, Vicky. Profoundly depressed by the failure of her marriage, she has also visited a psychiatrist in an attempt to make sense of the mess her life has become. While slogging through a work shift one rainy Saturday, she reminisces about her relationship with her now-ex and their only child, seven-year-old Thomas, and reflects on how her life has been negatively affected by economic instability and her decision to marry and have a child at a young age. When her shift ends, Lenore walks to a bar where she and Vicky have agreed to meet for drinks. In a conversation interspersed with Lenore's recollections of her relationship with Vicky, they discuss Lenore's divorce at length. Fearing that she will cry if they continue, Lenore asks Vicky about her studies and is stunned to hear that Vicky, a lifelong overachiever with a boatload of degrees, has resorted to waitressing to survive. They hold hands in a small but meaningful attempt to comfort one another. Silence falling, Lenore's thoughts turn to the way in which people conceal their true thoughts and feelings behind a mask of normalcy.
- ItemEmpty Eggshells(2017) Codrington-White, Kamala; Solomon, AsaliA technologically-dependant village in a fantasy land use magic to summon new technicians. Unfortunately, there was a mistake in the spell and two people from “our” world were transported, instead of people from the fantasy land. The only way for this pair to return home is to collect dragon eggs, but there is none of the glory they expected in such work. After lives have been lost in battles with dragons, Nishat and Dahlia, our protagonists, must decide if returning home is what they truly want. A budding conspiracy embedded in this fantasy land complicate matters even further, making it impossible to tell if the two made the right decision in the end. The critical portion discusses the fantasy genre in this racialized world, and its place in academia. The European setting of many fantasy stories is brought into question, taking into consideration both the demographics of fantasy authorship and possible target audiences, as this changes the message of books set in such a place. Ultimately, the impact of racial diversity in media on people of color is examined, and the dangers of whitewashed escapism is delineated. I suggest that self-love in children is directly impacted by associations made in media, especially in terms of body image and beauty standards. Using anecdotes and hypothetical conjecture, the needlessness of exclusionary fantasies is implied, and alternatives briefly discussed.
- ItemImage as Text and Text as Image: New and Old Forms in The Aspern Papers by Henry James(2011) Smith, Candice; Devaney, Thomas
- ItemLife Like Smoke: Stories(2013) Kearney, Lucia; Solomon, AsaliOur lives are like smoke. They weave and wend, blend and shred on the breeze, disperse; one moment vividly here, the next moment gone from sight. In a broad sense, the stories in Life Like Smoke explore the differentiations between self and other, the loneliness inherent to being a singular human subject, and the miraculous fact of connection and union that occur nonetheless. They are also stories that explore the nature of human narratives, first in the vast expanse of the Patagonian desert, where the overwhelming narrative of nature threatens to destroy the human narratives that arise within it, and then in the city of Buenos Aires, where the deluge of human narratives constantly compete, spitting sparks, coming together, breaking apart. And, of course, these stories are whatever you make of them, yours to map onto or make associations with, to analyze, to viscerally feel. Flannery O’Connor says it takes every word of a story to tell what that story is about. I would go further. Every word of a story comes together with you, the reader, to continually create itself. So if you want to know what the stories are about, you’re going to have to go ahead and read them.