Teaser The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

•1,January 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment


Lionsgate has unveiled the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One. The video features a “burning” message from rebel Katniss Everdeen to the villainous President Snow—what do you think?

Thus far, the trailer has drawn more than 26,000 “like” on Facebook. Throughout the past few months, several promotional videos have surfaced for this movie including two “Panem Addresses,” a clip, and a teaser trailer.

Source: Galleycat

Collector’s Edition of “Divergent’

•1,January 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment


HarperCollins will publish a collector’s edition of Divergent on October 21, 2014. In the video embedded above, author Veronica Roth shares details about this book.

Roth reveals that she wrote two essays for this project; one is about an alternate beginning withTobias “Four” Eaton as the star protagonist and the second focuses on Caleb Prior. Other special features include fan art, an excerpt from the Divergent movie script, and a poster.

Source: Galleycat

Architecture of the Future

•1,January 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

“Every great architect is — necessarily — a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.”

Those are the words of one undeniably great architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, whose visions of harmonious design and innovating urban planning amounted to his own brand of organic architecture. We’d argue that Wright wasn’t just an interpreter of his time — he was able to foresee the needs and desires of ages ahead of him. The architect is — necessarily — a visionary capable of seeing into the future.

In the spirit of architecture’s fortune telling abilities, we’ve put together a list of our favorite contemporary designs that shed light on the future of our visual world. Behold, 14 designs that show the architecture of tomorrow.

Read further @ The Huffington Post

Interview with Jamaican Kincaid

•1,January 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment


Jamaica Kincaid is simply not one to mince words.

When she speaks, the revered 65-year-old Antiguan-American novelist does so deliberately — and she’s not afraid to interrupt a question when she sees it fit.

Kincaid, who got her start at the New Yorker during the magazine’s William Shawn era in the ’70s, has produced work that has earned her an enviable list of awards, including an American Book Award for her latest novel, 2013’s See Now Then.

One gets the impression Kincaid is afraid of nothing — something that comes across in her writing, as well. Her work, at times, has been criticized for being “angry,” a criticism she’s rightfully dismissed as invalid, saying her work is only labeled that because she is black and a woman.

Based on an interview with The Huffington Post, here are just some of the many qualities that make Kincaid — and her work — so incredible.

Read further @ The Huffington Post

The Age of YA – Infographic

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Book Review: The Book of Unknown Americans

•1,January 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The U.S. gives the Riveras hope, but it doesn’t always make the fruit of that hope easy to get. Here is how Alma’s monologue begins: ”Back then, all we wanted was the simplest things: to eat good food, to sleep at night, to smile, to laugh, to be well. We felt it was our right as much as anyone else’s, to have those things.” And the book hits its first ominous note. ”Of course,” she continues, ”when I think about it now, I see that I was naïve.”

Alma’s is the first in a series of vignettes, first in her own voice, then in Arturo’s, then in the voices of the people who reside in the apartment building they come to inhabit, all Latinos in diaspora, with widely ranging stories of arrival and survival in the place they’re now trying to see as  home. As the stories pile up, framing the central action, it’s hard not to think a little of Sarah Jones’s remarkable 2004 play Bridge and Tunnel, which told stories of transit and arrival in quick deft episodes, or of Sandra Cisneros’s groundbreaking The House on Mango Street,  a coming-of age-story whose shifting lenses captured both a community’s interconnectedness and a young woman’s maturing.

Read further @ Barnes & Noble


Villainesses In Literature

•1,August 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Great Villainesses In Literature

Some of the most memorable characters in literature are those wicked baddies we adore to hate. Perhaps that’s because, on some level, we can relate to them (my husband would say some of us more than others, ahem). They’ve always been an essential part of good dramas, from fairy tales to modern classics. And, in my slightly jaded but always spot-on opinion, some of the best villains in literary history have been female, dating as far back as the monster Grendel’s mother in the epic Old English poem, Beowulf.

Read further @ Huffington Post


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