Food For Thought

Turns out being in grad school means you are very busy, like, all the time. Who knew? (I knew.) I've got a couple ideas for posts drafted, but no time to actually write anything at the moment. So, in the meantime, here's some food for thought: a TedTalk by Cameron Russell with some themes reminiscent … Continue reading Food For Thought

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Disney Princess Culture: Why I Think its Okay

I think that Disney tends to get a lot of flack over the phenomenon of "Disney Princess culture." And I think that this video is a subtle, yet direct, response to that. I grew up with 3 sisters and 0 brothers and, therefore, undeniably experienced a very gendered childhood. I was raised on the colour … Continue reading Disney Princess Culture: Why I Think its Okay

There’s No Place Like Home

I started writing this post as I was sitting in the Vancouver airport on December 18th. And I’m now finishing it as I sit in the Toronto airport on January 5th, waiting for my five hour (delayed, more than once) flight back to Vancouver. [Note: I really did write the majority of this in airports … Continue reading There’s No Place Like Home

Some Thoughts on ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell

My lovely friend Yash, over at The Book Wars (a blog run by my friends who sometimes let me write stuff for them, like this post on The Book Thief) wrote a lovely post about Rainbow Rowell's young adult novel, Fangirl. The timing of her post is rather fortuitous as I started the book yesterday afternoon and then … Continue reading Some Thoughts on ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell

What’s Not To Love?

When I attended orientation day for new graduate students this September I was given a blank white name tag and told to write down 3 things: my name, my program, and a hobby and/or interest. Name and program were easy: Laura, MA Children's Literature. But then I got to the "hobby and/or interest" part and … Continue reading What’s Not To Love?