Recommended Reading: J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy”

Scotch-Irish is somewhat of a misnomer, as people who claim the ancestry have little to no Scottish blood.  They’re primarily folks who left England and resettled in Northern Ireland for religious freedom in the 17th century, then left Ireland in the 18th and early 19th century in search of – yet again – religious freedom (Presbyterian,…

Banned Books Week 2015

Unlike Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian which is often banned due to its content (indeed, it was the most banned book in 2014), Alexie’s Ten Little Indians and Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven were pulled from classrooms in Tucson, Arizona under “H.B. 2281.”  The Tucson law states: THE LEGISLATURE FINDS AND DECLARES…

Writers, Please Write Whatever the Hell You Want

In an interview with Vice about his upcoming Young Adult fiction novel, The Alex Crow, author Andrew Smith told interviewer Hugh Ryan that he considers himself, “completely ignorant to all things woman and female.”  Ryan had pointed out that Smith’s books contained little for female readers; “Where are all the women in your work?” he asked.…