Week in Review: What I Read

My online reading schedule has been slowed down a bit since my comps are approaching very quickly. Here’s some articles that I managed to read this week–I hope that you’ll find some of them interesting!

  1. Girls in Pearls, Guys in Ties? (Ms. Magazine): Apparently there is a school district in Virginia that wants to ban gender-bending dressing. There are so many problems with this (first being freedom of speech) but the author of this piece raises an interesting one: how will administrators determine what crosses gender lines? Many of my friends often wear men’s jeans just because they’re more comfortable. Does this make them “crossdressers”?
  2. “Pure” Julianna Baggott’s Dystopian Novel (NYTimes): Having recently read this book I was very interested to see the NYT review. Though I agree with the reviewer that much of the plot is canned teen sci-fi, there are more politics at work than she mentions. Those in the Dome made a concentrated effort to rid the earth of unworthy individuals by setting off nuclear bombs; to me this screams political intrigue.
  3. J.K. Rowling Tweets About Her New Book (Mugglenet): Sure the big story is that she has written a new book, this time for adults. All of the hype surrounding the aquisition of her book by Little, Brown was interesting–as was the choice to switch publishers after a successful fifteen-year run with Bloomsbury. I was most interested in what the author herself had to say: “As you may have heard, I have a new book out later this year. Very different to Harry, although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much.”
  4. Colleges Deferring More Students (USATODAY): As the number of students applying to college increases so too does the number who end up deferred, at least according to this article. More students are applying early decision to the schools they want to go to the most and as a result colleges are accepting greater proportions of their class through ED. I know that at Kenyon there is a higher rate of acceptance for ED applicants* and I would guess this is very true at comparable institutions.

*note: I do not speak for Kenyon. This statement is based solely on numbers found online.


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