Tag: GRSM

  • What is a queer narrative?

    What is a queer narrative?

    The word queer meaning LGBTQIA+ was first a slur, then reclaimed, then it got hijacked in the 1990s. (Some) people stopped using it. Now it’s back. Again. But because gender, romantic and sexual minorities continue to experience bigotry, the words used to describe those identities will be under attack for as long as bigotry continues. This week’s misinformation campaign: That…

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  • A Complicated Nature by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    A Complicated Nature by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    “A Complicated Nature” is a short story by William Trevor, published in Angels At The Ritz And Other Stories (1975). Find it also in Collected Stories. A prim, starchy man who lives alone in his apartment faces a moral dilemma when the woman upstairs calls him, begging for a favour. She wants him to help shift a man’s body so…

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  • Homecoming by Ray Bradbury Short Story Analysis

    Homecoming by Ray Bradbury Short Story Analysis

    “Homecoming” is a short story by American writer Ray Bradbury, first published in 1946. A family of ghouls hosts a big family reunion for Allhallows Eve. Dead relatives return for the occasion. Unfortunately for Timothy, he seems to be the only member of the family who doesn’t have supernatural powers. Some readers pick this up expecting a chilling thriller. This…

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  • A Father To Be by Saul Bellow Short Story Analysis

    A Father To Be by Saul Bellow Short Story Analysis

    Are you thinking of writing a story about a kid who leaves the house and rides the bus to school, all the while observing other passengers and gazing out the window? Or a story about a woman who buys frozen pizza at the supermarket, complains about the roast beef then observes characters in the car park before peacing out to the radio? A parking warden who eats a sandwich in the town square before seeing shapes in the clouds? If these quiet stories are your jam, Saul Bellow wrote the mentor text for you.

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  • Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey Novel Study

    Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey Novel Study

    Bad Guys is a bestselling Australian early reader by Australian author and illustrator Aaron Blabey. The Bad Guys series is frequently recommended for kids who enjoy Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Treehouse series, stories by David Walliams, Ahn Do Weirdo, the Real Pigeons series, Minecraft Zombie books and other children’s books parents can find at Kmart and Target.

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  • Edward Gorey: Misunderstood Genius

    Edward Gorey: Misunderstood Genius

    I’ve long been fascinated by illustrator Edward Gorey. The moment I saw a photo of him in his big, fur coat I thought, he looks fun. Then I saw a picture of Gorey in his living room, draped all over with cats

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  • Story Opening: Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

    Story Opening: Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

    Detransition, Baby is a contemporary novel that hooked me right away. How did author Torrey Peters do that? Let’s take a closer look.

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  • Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad: A Case Study In Kindness

    Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad: A Case Study In Kindness

    Conflict, conflict, conflict. Writers seeking storytelling advice are constantly bombarded with the message: Every story needs conflict; nay, every scene! But is this really true? When advice-givers say ‘conflict’, what are they really talking about? Successful stories don’t need conflict… if conflict means arguing, wrestling and wishing each other dead. Stories need opponents. Here’s the thing about opponents: An opponent…

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  • The Power of the Dog: How Did Phil Die? and Other Questions

    The Power of the Dog: How Did Phil Die? and Other Questions

    The Power of the Dog is a 2021 film directed by Jane Campion, based on the same-named 1967 novel by Thomas Savage. Like a lyrical short story, this film is designed for a repeat viewing.

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  • The Bridges Of Madison County Film Study

    The Bridges Of Madison County Film Study

    The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American one-true-love romance. The film is based on a 1992 best-selling, terribly written novel by Robert James Waller.

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  • Three by the Sea by Mini Grey Picture Book Analysis

    Three by the Sea by Mini Grey Picture Book Analysis

    Three By The Sea is a 2010 picture book by British writer-illustrator Mini Grey. This storyteller comes from South Wales, which is somewhat evident in the setting. The most widely borrowed picture book from Mini Grey is the wonderfully metafictional Traction Man series. This one has metafictional elements also, and offers plenty of picture book techniques to discuss. I even…

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  • Open House on Haunted Hill by John Wiswell Short Story Analysis

    Open House on Haunted Hill by John Wiswell Short Story Analysis

    “Open House on Haunted Hill” is a Nebula Award winning short (ghost?) story by John Wiswell, published in 2020. I’ve recently immersed myself in ghost stories from the 18- and 1900s. But how does one go about writing a contemporary ghost story? Can modern writers still write an original and surprising ghost story? I mean, haven’t all the ghost tropes…

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  • Young Adult And Middle Grade Books With Trans Feminine Characters

    Young Adult And Middle Grade Books With Trans Feminine Characters

    Young adult readers can now find better queer diversity scattered across young adult literature. Many of these new stories feature trans masculine characters. Here are some young adult stories featuring trans feminine characters.

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  • Extra by Yiyun Li Short Story Analysis

    “Extra” is a short story by Chinese-American author Yiyun Li. Deborah Treisman and Sarah Shun-lien Bynum discuss this story in 2021 at the New Yorker Fiction podcast. This was the second story Yiyun Li published anywhere. “Extra” was included in Li’s 2005 debut collection A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers. Brilliant and original, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers introduces a remarkable…

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  • Books About Non-binary Genders For Readers Of All Ages

    Books About Non-binary Genders For Readers Of All Ages

    Gender is in Western culture a relational concept. And “masculinity” relies on a binary relationship with femininity. Non-binary people have existed since the dawn of humankind, and are now cracking open proscribed Western gender expectations for everyone.

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