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Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Windfall

Mr. and Mrs. Jha find themselves in middle age suddenly rich enough to leave the neighborhood in which they raised their son Rupak, now failing out of his MBA program in the US.  Mr. Jha is embracing his new status with crystal-covered sofas and fancy track suits while his wife is mistaken by the neighbors […]

Vinegar Girl

Ann Tyler’s retelling of Taming of the Shrew at the behest of Hogarth Shakespeare, a series from a publishing house started by Virginia Woolf.  Wasn’t great.  Bummer. Seems like asking an author to do something like this is a great writer’s exercise, but it probably doesn’t ever access that deep place a writer finds their […]

Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice

Dr. Parker is a traveling abortion provider who sees it as his Christian calling to supply abortions to the women of the southern US who are increasingly unable to access them.  I really wanted to hear this perspective and agree with him on a few points.  I think the sentimentalization of pregnancy is a tool […]

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Another BOTM selection.  Famously and famously reclusive starlet Evelyn Hugo promises her life’s story to unknown author Monique.  Turns out Evelyn is a lesbian who has been hiding in plain sight while Hollywood gossips about her many marriages.  And yes, of course there is a plot twist — Evelyn didn’t pick Monique for no reason.  […]