An Obsession with I Love Lucy through Books

My favorite TV show of all time is I Love Lucy.  I have seen every episode, I have them all on DVD, and I can quote lines by memory.  I have seen many of the documentaries and specials on Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.  So it should come as no surprise that I have also... Continue Reading →

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The Very Exciting Topic of Technological Determinism: Is Technology Controlling You?

There's an interesting connection between liberation and technology.  I am studying this idea in one of my classes this semester, and the attitude that technology can and will save us, or that it is somehow in charge, is called technological determinism.  This idea is closely connected to society and culture, which is why the term... Continue Reading →

“Babes” in Guyland

I saw Michael Kimmel speak at my university a few nights ago.  He's a sociologist who has focused his research on gender.  He told us about his book Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2008).  He uses the term "Guyland" to describe a new period of development, particularly among males, ages 16 to... Continue Reading →

How to Catch a Book Thief

It’s time to come clean.  I live in Utah.  I don’t know why, but when I started this blog I felt compelled to keep that from you.  Call it a desire to be anonymous or a desire to avoid scrutiny.  I guess my motives don't really matter, but my motive for telling you today does. ... Continue Reading →

When Women Were Birds

During the early part of my summer break this year, I found myself stifled by boredom.  My children and I are used to the regular rhythms of school, day care, piano lessons, soccer practices, ballet, and my teaching schedule.  Things were hectic, but I thrive on that sort of structure.  However, once summer came, my... Continue Reading →

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