All posts by Mackenzie Aiken

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

downloadWeird at last, weird at last, God almighty, weird at last.

Everything about the bestseller Welcome to Night Vale is unsettling. The very texture of the gorgeous twilight-colored hardback cover is too smooth. The raised letters of the title are almost slimy against the ridges of my fingers, as if written with the white tentacles of Night Vale’s Librarians themselves. Frankly, this first introduction, this simple act of touching is enough to prepare you for the exceptionally weird experience you’re about to embark on. Continue reading Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

Living Writer Series, Carolyn Finney: Fighting Racism in Environmentalist Spaces

Each semester, San Diego State University’s Hugh C. Hyde Living Writer Series features readings and discussion with incredible authors. As one of the longest running Living Writing Series in the nation, SDSU doesn’t shy away from bringing in some heavy hitters doing cool work in the world. Wednesday, December 2nd saw the force of nature that is Carolyn Finney for their final reading of the semester, the Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading. Continue reading Living Writer Series, Carolyn Finney: Fighting Racism in Environmentalist Spaces

Paige Dillard: Self-Pubbed Student

Paige Dillard is a 22 year old student majoring in English at San Diego State University. Though she’s been writing for a very long time and would love to write for a living, Dillard is planning to pursue a Masters in Library Science and Technology and is currently a Library Technician at the Poway Community Library. Despite being a student, Dillard has been writing and publishing since she was in high school and is always looking for ways to experiment with new styles and diverse characters. Continue reading Paige Dillard: Self-Pubbed Student

The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller

 

Image of the book cover of The Errant Prince
Image of the book cover of The Errant Prince

Reading The Errant Prince is like drinking a cup of hot chocolate in front of a fire, wrapped up in a blanket in the dead of winter: it’s simply an all-around pleasant experience. While we often judge books on their complexity of themes, characters, allusions, plots, etc, there’s something to be said for a quick little tale that doesn’t demand a migraine through the course of its storytelling. I picked up Sasha L. Miller’s queer fantasy romance novella on a rainy day when I had very little to do but lay in bed and read along with the patter of raindrops against my window; it was all very romantic, I assure you. All settled in and bundled up, I decided to approach the love story of Myron and Tamsen. Continue reading The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller

Running Scared: SXSW’s Reaction to Harassment

And you thought gamergate controversy was over.

Image of the SXSW logo for their 2016 festival
Image of the SXSW logo for their 2016 festival

On October 27th, news spread that South by Southwest (SXSW) decided to cancel two panels about harassment in the gaming community after receiving numerous threats of violence. After just announcing the panel last week, the cancelation would seem hilariously ironic—a harassment panel being canceled due to harassment—if this wasn’t a vicious problem that has made real women very scared. Continue reading Running Scared: SXSW’s Reaction to Harassment