Book Review: Monument 14

I don’t remember how Monument 14 (2012), a debut novel by Emmy Laybourne came across my recommended reading pile, but I’m glad it did. Monument 14 is a post-apocalyptic young adult (YA) novel set in Monument, Colorado in the near future. In the story, we follow 14 youth (between 5 years old and probably 17 […]

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Bystander Effect

Here’s the scene: The camera pans over a neighborhood at dusk. There’s the ice cream/coffee shop, the community garden. There is the neighborhood god, which isn’t a boy making perfect three-pointers in the pocket park, but the Greek god painted on the side of a building in a swirl of blues and purples. There is […]

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[sex object]

There are times I don’t want to put a CW on things, because I know that the folks I most want to see it will probably opt out, because their privilege allows them to do so. And then I think about all my lovely folks I wouldn’t want to hurt by a sudden dump of […]

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Gaslighting, a Bed Time Story

Gaslighting occurs when someone works to undermine someone else’s reality. We can see it happening on a systematic level or on an interpersonal level; we can see it happening unintentionally and unintentionally. But, here’s the thing about gaslighting: it lasts long after you’ve gotten out of the situation. Three years ago, I lived in a […]

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