A Little Knowledge: Power and the Freedom to Act in Lemony Snicket’s The Bad Beginning

The protagonists of Lemony Snicket’s The Bad Beginning—the three Baudelaire orphans—are at the mercy of a dangerous world inhabited by adults who are either too evil, apathetic, or naïvely trusting to help them. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are the victims of a society that has failed to protect them, a society represented by the characters
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Art Imitating Wildlife: Vonnegut's Galápagos

Watching a special on the Galápagos islands, and it occurs to me how brilliantly Vonnegut used its ecosystem as a metaphor for the human condition. And as with most metaphors, much of its brilliance lies in the fact that it should have been obvious to anyone.                  

Killer Humor: Carl Hiaasen’s Basket Case

(Warning: Minor spoilers ahead) I picked up Carl Hiaasen’s Basket Case for two reasons. First, I like reading his humorous crime novels filled with characters who are thrown into outrageous yet believable predicaments. The second reason I read Basket Case is because it—as most of Hiaasen’s other novels have done—has gone on since its release
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