Is “Young Adult” a Genre?

Throughout this week’s podcast episode, Allyson references the term “young adult” as a genre. But is that really what it is? The term “genre” means “A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.” So, since young adult fiction always features a young adult as […]

The 12 Days of Halloween

I just finished reading the first book in the Twilight series … not bad, not great either, but that’s another post. Anyway, at the end, the first chapter of the second book, New Moon, was included and it ended with the following sentence: “… into the fevered eyes of the six suddenly ravenous vampires.” And […]

Science Fiction Out of the Box

The other night I finished reading Michael Crichton’s novel, Next. And it got me to thinking. 1. Is this book truly a novel? Although interesting, entertaining and all the other things a good read should be, it felt more like a collection of interconnected short stories. There really was no primary story or plot to […]

Fish Are Friends, Not Food

What is it about sharks that fascinates us so? Is it the empty stare? The robotic efficiency with which they kill? Is it some ancient memory of fear? I don’t know, but they sure are popular. The first week of August is Shark Week and Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is celebrating the Discovery Channel event […]

Lost America

What would happen if a photographer put on genre-colored glasses and headed out to American wastelands to take some pictures. Most likely, you’d get photos like those found in Lost America. Using time exposures and colored strobe lights, Troy Paiva created a collection of eerily compelling images of found objects. Some are sorrowful, others are […]

My Most Embarrassing Moment

I just read a story about how the Moscow Circus will be performing at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk from July 8 to August 16, and it brought back memories. I got my Bachelor’s degree at U.C. Santa Cruz and lived in Santa Cruz for about 5 years. In fact, it was while I lived […]