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Embroidering Stories

September 27, 2011 by


After powering through a ton of literary theory in the month of August, I’ve recently returned to the land of fiction. Working as a temp receptionist gives me a lot of down time with my Kindle, and I recently joined a book club, so the past few weeks have been the perfect time to work […]

Society, Morality and Harry Potter #2

September 20, 2011 by


Fred and George Weasley as Model Entrepreneurs   It’s been a while, and it’s not as specific as I’d like, but I wanted to put out this piece of Fred and George so I can move on to the next part in my Harry Potter series of posts. I’m still working without the books in […]

Harry Potter Excursion #1

August 11, 2011 by


Harry Potter and the College Experience After a period of dormancy, The Love Machine is back on a regular update schedule, with Caitmechanic posting on Tuesdays and yours truly posting on Thursdays. I’m continuing my series Society, Morality, and Harry Potter, but I’m not picking up where I promised I would in my last entry, […]

Fun Home as an Appalachian Text

June 3, 2011 by


Protagonists of Appalachian literature often have a deep connection with the land. This is unsurprising, since the area is notorious as a rural region ruined by the raiding of its natural resources. Appalachian characters struggle with their conflicting love of the land and ambivalence about the industrial development of said land. Authors often communicate this […]

Society, Morality and Harry Potter #1

April 3, 2011 by


#1 The wizarding world as a pre-capitalist society The success of Harry Potter is often attributed to its verisimilitude, to its creation of a moving, working model of a wizarding world parallel to our own. This could not be further from the truth. I’ll discuss more convincing reasons for Harry Potter’s success in a future […]

A Love Letter to Mr. Darcy

March 19, 2011 by


Dearest Mr. Darcy, Let’s be honest. You’re the almost infamous exemplar of romantic male figures. You started out as a renowned literary character and morphed into a sexualized movie hunk. Normally I don’t go in for such clichés, especially the typical romances marketed toward young straight white women like me. But I do go in […]

Introduction to Society, Morality and Harry Potter

March 14, 2011 by


I am going to blog at length, over many, many posts, about Harry Potter. Please do not leave this blog on this account. I have my reasons. This will be cool, I promise. If nothing else, I’ll say some cool, trendy stuff about terrorism. And I’ll make sure my blog posts are less than 50% […]