Archive for March, 2005

This collection is composed mostly of short stories from Jessica Abel’s independent comic series, Artbabe. A few of her journalism pieces are included as well. While I like several of the individual stories very much, these pieces do not form a good collection. As with prose short story collections, graphic short story collections should consist […]


Brontë addresses two important issues in Agnes Grey: Class: The upper class indulges their children and forces unrealistic expectations on their servants to tame the children they are unwilling to punish. Brontë seems to offer sympathy to the children, but not to the parents. Religion: The upper class professes concern about having a “christian” house […]


I chose to read this very brief essay of Montaigne’s before I went to bed last night because the title amused me. I was expecting a rant against the bratty behaviour of young children, not a thoughtful observation of conjoined twins that precipitates Montaigne suggesting universal acceptance of things we consider strange. My favorite bit: […]


I feel gypped. The first (I would have a specific number of pages here for you, but the cat is currently sleeping on top of my book and he is too cute to move) pages of this story develop it into a gothic tale of female fury and victimization. The last couple of pages, however, […]


Gah, what a disturbing story. D’Arcy’s psychology and characterization of her characters is troublingly accurate. Lulie—what a ridiculously appropriate name, by the way—is portrayed in such a way that the reader continues to doubt her sincerity as Campbell does, but not so much so that the reader cannot imagine that Lulie has not turned a […]


I’ve read this story four times and I don’t like the conclusions that I have made. This story seems to suggest that women cannot survive in the wilderness by themselves and that Indians are stubborn and stupid. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Fréchette is trying to indicate that men underestimate women’s abilities. However, the portrait […]


This short story is kind of like The Sound of Music only without the kids, the singing, the Nazis, or the optimistic ending. In fact, the ending is pretty bleak. But besides those things, it’s exactly the same. The main character has two lives: Camille and Sister Josepha. As Camille, she has no parents, no […]


Leavis declares the great English novelists as Jane Austen, George Eliot, Henry James, and Joseph Conrad at the beginning of this selection. By the end of the selection, he has amended the list to include D.H. Lawrence also. According to Leavis, these writers “not only change the possibilities of the art for practitioners and readers, […]