2 Books You Should Read to Understand Child Abuse

Featured Illustration: Goncalo Viana We all want child abuse to stop. It is up to all of us in society to make that happen. If you think the same, then you will love the following books that I would recommend reading for anyone interested in understanding and preventing child abuse in order to create a…

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Defining Les Misérables in the 21st Century

Featured Illustration: Cristiano Gonçalo The first time that I heard of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables was in a café.  The shop looked something out of an auteur’s Elysian: the splendid oranges, shaded by moody hues of blues, the bale-like arrangements of fluffy breads and pastries. It was this pseudo-Parisian place — the mahogany walls, lined…

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Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America: A Book Review

Featured Image: Bloomberg CityLab Bengali Harlem — a reconstructed narrative of the long-forgotten South Asians in America. Do you know about the fate of those South Asians who had to deal with the newly built immigration process? Bengali Harlem by Vivek Bald is about the historical migration and assimilation of South Asians in America —…

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I Want to Hear it From the Workers: My Hope for Pandemic Literature

Featured Image: United Nations COVID-19 Response I read Zadie Smith’s Intimations near the end of my quarantine, just before I was called back to work. The book is a collection of short essays written during the early months of lockdown that reflect on the current COVID-19 pandemic. Intimations is the first book marketed as a…

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Part XXVIII: Use of Languages in the Republic

Featured Illustration: Lyn Risling *Note: This work was inspired by the history of language imperialism and the constitutions of countries including, but not limited to, India, Bangladesh, and South Africa. Emulating the style of several real constitutions, Levinthia’s constitution devotes long passages to explaining the importance of developing indigenous languages, despite maintaining the use of…

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Book Clubs Are LinkedIn Worthy

Featured Image: Oleg Oprisco While many of my peers spent their childhood playing outside and learning how to kick a soccer ball, much of mine was spent on a blue bean bag in the kid’s section of my local public library.  It wasn’t that I hated sports. I swam on my YMCA’s team and I…

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: A Taste of Venom

Featured Image: Murray Close, Lionsgate *Minor Spoilers Ahead* It’s 2020, and the breath of life has been resurrected. It has filled the lungs of the most successful Young Adult dystopian series along with its fans, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. From the narrative of the original trilogy’s antagonist, Songbirds and Snakes invite us to…

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9 Quarantine Reads to Add To Your Shelf

I would classify myself to be a bookworm, but only until quarantine did I relive my 8th-grade dedication to reading. My preferred genres expand from classics to romantics to historical-fiction read from PDFs, Apple Books, and the classic cover and page. Below are some of my quarantine reads listed from earliest to latest. Le Petit…

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How this Gender Non-Conforming Artist is Saving Lives with a Book Drive

When Alok Vaid-Menon calls their new book “life-saving,” they’re not boasting.

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