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50 Shades of Technology

50 Shades of Technology

If you’re anything like me, you don’t use your phone to actually talk to people.  Except your mom, who REFUSES to text, no matter how many times you tell her it’s the quickest and easiest way to get a hold of you. I’ve noticed media is reflecting this shift in communications.  I recently a watched […]

50 Shades of Dialogue

50 Shades of Dialogue

Have I plugged these brilliant reviews of the Fifty Shades trilogy, yet?  Katrina Passick Lumsden lays out exactly what is wrong with the characterization of Christina and Ana, the disturbing gender politics of these books, the ludicrous plot points. Plus, she refers to Christian’s junk as a “bologna wand.” Anywho, I’m not reviewing these books, […]

50 Shades of Show & Tell

50 Shades of Show & Tell

Still chugging along with the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I’m in the middle of book two, Fifty Shades Darker. Holy cow (™Anastasia Steele) is it fifty shades of boring. It’s all fancy parties, child abuse, and sailing. Wasn’t the point of these books the kinky fuckery (™Christian Grey)? That said, I’m not here to discuss plot […]

50 Shades of Character Voice

50 Shades of Character Voice

Lately, I’ve been reading the Fifty Shades trilogy. It is repetitive and misogynistic and stupid. For a sex book, it’s very unsexy, unless you’re turned on by e-mail and contract negotiation. And the writing! It’s as bad – possibly worse – than you’ve heard. And I can’t put it down. Fifty Shades of Grey fails […]

You've Got the Right Stuff

“It’s not yours!  Why would I take your shirt?!”  I hollered on the verge of tears. “Well then, where’s mine, huh?”  Doria, my neighbor, crossed her arms and leaned her round, cherry-toned face into mine so I could see the flecks of dirt on her eyelashes.  She smelled like the tangy Fruit Stripes gum she […]