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The Anticipation of Adulthood

The Anticipation of Adulthood

It’s a cliche to say it, but being a new adult is hard. For the last eighteen years, my life has been divided up into education and not-education. Everything was always temporary: I was at school, or I was at home, and sooner or later that would reverse and I’d be at home, or I’d be at school. When I was at uni, the year was divided into term time and non-term time, and I knew that wherever I was…

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Medievalist Miriam

Medievalist Miriam

And the internet said to Miriam, “Tell me the story of the Destruction of Da Derga’s Hostel in a way I’ve never heard it before.” And Miriam said, “Not difficult that, since you’ve never heard it at all. But is this the day for such a story?” The internet replied, “Yes.” “As in today?” The internet looked at Miriam and said, “It would be a poor poet who could not tell us the story of Da Derga’s Hostel.” “Yes, but…

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Let’s Bring Down The Government

Let’s Bring Down The Government

I feel very strongly about education. Of course I do. I come from an extremely privileged background when it comes to academics. My grandfather was a professor, my grandmother a teacher; both of my parents have degrees; my dad has a PhD and my mum’s working on an MA; and my mum works in a school. Well, two schools, actually. But whatever. I wasn’t one of those kids who always loved school. I spent my fair share of time complaining…

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On “Literature” (And Also Sex)

On “Literature” (And Also Sex)

In today’s Review section of The Guardian (what a middle class way to start a blog post, I’m ashamed of myself) there was an article by Scarlett Thomas with which I absolutely could not identify. The article, “Forget El James, let’s have some real dirty fiction“, made plenty of good points — that male novelists can include graphic sex scenes in novels without the books being classed as erotica, whereas when written by women, they’re often reduced to that category….

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Playing The Ace Of Hearts

Playing The Ace Of Hearts

I mentioned in my post about Quicksilver that the protagonist was asexual and that I’d never seen that in a book before, but I know for a lot of people the concept of asexuality is still a little bit confusing with quite a lot of misconceptions and misinformation, so I decided to write this to clear things up. Before we start, a few things to say. 1) I’m not a world expert on the subject. In fact, most of the…

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I Really Hate Serialist Music

I Really Hate Serialist Music

Today is National Coming Out Day. I thought pretty hard about it, but in the end I decided that now probably wasn’t the best time. I’ll leave that for another day. Instead, I’m going to talk about how much I detest serialist music. I know, it’s not about books. It’s not about NaNoWriMo. It’s not about Doctor Who or any of the other things that I normally talk about — and many of you probably don’t know what serialist music…

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Let The Accused Speak

Let The Accused Speak

Never before have I received so many blog views in one day. Never before has one post had so many comments and so much attention from those who are not regular readers of my blog. Never before have I logged onto WordPress just twenty minutes after I logged out, to find that there were already comments awaiting my response. And never before have I felt the need to defend myself. I am referring to this post. For those unaware, it…

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Ignorance Is Not Bliss

“Isn’t she bisexual?” “No, she’s pansexual.” “What the hell is that?” “It’s what picky bisexual people call themselves.” “Isn’t it what non-picky bisexual people call themselves? You know, they’ll sleep with anyone?” “Well, anyway, what she’s confused about is whether she’s a girl or a boy.” “Are you kidding? How hard can it be?” “I know. Like, anyone can tell that.” “We-ird. So is that why she dresses in boys’ uniform now? And why she cut her hair?” “Hmm, I…

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Wait. Goals?

Wait. Goals?

Everyone I follow is posting things, like, “So I achieved this in 2012, and I’m a wonderful human being, and I’m also a total genius and everyone should bow down in awe of my intellectual prowess, oh, and I saved a bunch of puppies. Now in 2013, I’m going to publish three novels (the ones I sold to agents already), write a bunch more, get asked to join Mensa, and solve the world economic crisis. Here’s to it!” And then…

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Word By Word

Word By Word

I study French. I also study Classical Greek, although that’s more of an informal thing and I have to admit, I’m pretty bad at it. The alphabet keeps throwing me off. I used to learn Italian. I’m now teaching myself Esperanto, and considering learning a bit of Russian, too. And I discovered this thing called Memrise. I actually heard about it in the Guardian, when somebody learned an entire language just from vocab lists on Memrise and was able to…

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