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50 Crucial Feminist YA Novels

Given the sheer number of feminist YA gems, compiling a list of essentials is undoubtedly a foolhardy task—and yet we simply couldn’t help ourselves! …


How Ada Lovelace, Daughter of Lord Byron, Wrote the First Computer Program in 1842–a Century Before the First Computer

I’ve never quite understood why the phrase “revisionist history” became purely pejorative. Of course, it has its Orwellian dark side, but all …


7 Essays Every Harry Potter Fan Needs To Read

For those of us who will always call Hogwarts home and Hermione our patronus.

The Lighter Side of Sylvia Plath

There’s a photograph of Sylvia Plath taken in 1954 on the beach. She’s wearing a white swimsuit and shorts. Her hair is lustrously blonde. She’s propped up on her elbows, her tan legs stretching out behind her, smiling face craning forward—coquettishly?—toward the camera. If you glance at this …


12 Lesser-Known Books By Famous Authors That Every True Book-Lover Should Read Once

As book-lovers, we all have our faves: those novels we read over and over again, the memoirs that never fail us, thrillers that leave us lingering in …


So You Want to Read Fairy Tales: Here’s Where to Start

<b>The Fairy Tale Trinity: If you’re going to start reading fairy tales, you should start with the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian</b> …