Happy Halloween! This has to be the best literary Halloween tweet of the year:
I just passed a young woman wearing a sombrero, would be so dope if her costume was "lionel shriver"— Rumaan Alam (@Rumaan) October 31, 2016
Emily St. John Mandel wrote a great piece on Five Thirty Eight about the current craze of books with the word "Girl" in the title. It's packed with charts about the age of the supposed "girls" in the title — they're mostly women — and the mortality rates of the titular girls.
This essay by Tiffany Martínez deserves more attention. Why would a college professor tell a student — any student — that they're not allowed to use a word?
On the second page the professor circled the word “hence” and wrote in between the typed lines “This is not your word.” The word “not” was underlined. Twice. My professor assumed someone like me would never use language like that. As I stood in the front of the class while a professor challenged my intelligence I could just imagine them reading my paper in their home thinking could someone like her write something like this?