To Plot Against Her Majesty: 6 Books of Elizabethan Intrigue

England's Elizabeth I was virtually deified during her reign, known as Britain's Golden Age. Behind the mask of Gloriana, however, Good Queen Bess ran a police state that quickly stamped out the slightest opposition. The fact that she remained unmarried and childless was a cause of much concern. Intrigue was rife, even for the royal…
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Top Pick: Al Pacino Turns 80

There are few actors as celebrated as Al Pacino. He's been acting for over 50 years, and turns 80 on April 25th. He's won pretty much every acting award they have including the Oscar, the Emmy, and the BAFTA, and been nominated for everything else. So here we go: the highlights of a storied career…
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Queer in the West

"Out West" in the American popular imagination means wide open spaces, boot and saddle leather, and freedom. Of course, there were, and are, only so many freedoms allowed women and sexual minorities anywhere. This post looks at LGBTQ folks in the American West, past, present, and future. Upright Women Wanted by Hugo Award-winner Sarah Gailey…
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The Mad and the Sane

Most psychiatrists will tell you that we are still in the dark ages of dealing with mental illness, particularly using psychopharmacology, or medicines, like Prozac or Wellbutrin. That said, we are mercifully far away from the treatments that feature in the books I am about to review. All these books feature strong women willing to…
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