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June 12, 2019

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June 12, 2019

"Handmaid's Tale," Season Three, Episodes One-Three (Spoilers)

At the end of “Useful,” the third episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, Season Three, June speaks a line that comes from Margaret Atwood’s novel: “Mother, wherever you might be, you wanted a women’s culture. Now t...

December 31, 2018

Fortunately, Goodreads keeps track of my reading over the course of a year. I’ve clocked in 43 books. Of those, my top three novels and top three works of non-fiction that I’ve most appreciated/enjoyed/learned from/been moved by over the year are—in order that I read t...

December 31, 2018

Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel Dietlandis a rageful, thoughtful, and funny kick-in-the-nuts of the patriarchy, written with much artistry and awareness of feminist theory. (In her afterword, Walker calls out feminist philosopher Sandra Bartky—one of my grad school professor...

July 23, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale’s Gilead is a dark world that professes to exalt, honor, and protect women as wives and bearers of children. The regime does pay lip service to the sanctified positions of Wife and Mother, but in actuality rips many women from their spouses and chil...

July 13, 2018

Here be spoilers for the Season Two finale

Reading online reviews and scrolling through Twitter last night (the end of the day on which the Season Two finale of The Handmaid’s Talewas released), I realized that I apparently am in the small minority of viewers who actual...

June 24, 2018

(This post contains spoilers for Season 2, Episode 10)

I sure am glad that I was wrong about this being the last episode of the season. What a cliffhanger the final shot would be! Fortunately, unlike Season 1, we get not ten, but thirteen episodes this time.

Noticeable t...

June 20, 2018

“The Canadians think the women here are oppressed and voiceless. I need you to show them a strong Gilead wife,” Fred Waterford says to Serena before their diplomatic trip to Toronto. This gets at the Commander’s arrogant lack of understanding that may lead to his downf...

June 14, 2018

Morality is in the eye—or the conscience—of the beholder, right? In the fictional dystopic world of The Handmaid’s Tale, humans have polluted the earth and their bodies to such an extent that infertility is rampant, birthrates in the United States drop precipitously, a...

May 30, 2018

(This post contains some spoilers from episodes 1-5 of the second season of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”)

--“Our Father, who art in heaven. Seriously? Is that Fenway? I’ve been there! What the actual fuck?!”

(Offred, Season Two, Episode One, with a bit of me on the Red S...

February 4, 2018

“He scraped through the damp sand to the center house, two stories, both pouring broad bands of light into the fog. There was warmth and gaiety within, through the downstairs window he could see young people gathered around a piano, their singing mocking the forces abr...

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