When satire gets serious about human rights: Encountering CANDIDE

As I mentioned in my last blog post, my friend Kathy and I are struggling through a very boring book for French class at a fancy private school in 1969... Kathy has news for me about this book. “It’s got cutting off asses in it,” Kathy whispers to me at the library. “What?” I reply … Continue reading When satire gets serious about human rights: Encountering CANDIDE

Got dystopia? The history of our hunger for the nightmare society

Dear Magically Real: I have some questions for you.  What’s a dystopia and where does the first one show up?  What do you think of the Hunger Games?  Are you excited about the movie?  I love the way those people look in the trailer they are showing!  They remind me a little of the Marie … Continue reading Got dystopia? The history of our hunger for the nightmare society