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Hazards of Time Travel

An ingenious, dystopian novel of one young woman’s resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society, from the inventive imagination of Joyce Carol Oates.

“Time travel” — and its hazards—are made literal in this astonishing new novel in which a recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled (future) world and is punished by being sent back in time to a region of North America — “Wainscotia, Wisconsin”—that existed eighty years before.   87 more words

Joyce Carol Oates

"Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul."

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

Joyce Carol Oates, writer


Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates

…. The thing with Mr. Tracy, Darren’s English teacher.

The thing that was vague and not-named.

The thing that hadn’t happened anyway.

(Had it?)

North Falls swim team member Darren Flynn is a guy’s guy, a jock. 282 more words

Book Review

"Commencement" (2001) by Joyce Carol Oates

When I was eleven or twelve years old, I discovered H. P. Lovecraft in the Lockport Public Library, in upstate New York—the collection of Lovecraft stories was large and unwieldy with a distinctive font, which I can “see” vividly if I shut my eyes.

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Movie Review - Double Lover (Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2018)

EXPECTATIONS: A prurient, sexy and salacious hell of a time.

REVIEW: There are two pleasures in life that without them, we living things would never exist: gastronomy and sexuality. 1,043 more words


Story Challenge for February, part two

I had a few book reviews due–Walter Mosley’s Down the River Unto the Sea, and Eva Dolan’s incredible This is How it Ends–so I’ve cut back on the short stories a bit. 299 more words

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Is Joyce Carol Oates Trolling Us?

Joyce Carol Oates has been a prolific American writer for over 50 years, and “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is in my personal canon of classic short stories worth teaching and re-reading. 877 more words