What to Read on the Subway This Week: 3/12
This week, think about women’s issues in this election season, read a multi-narrator historical novel, and welcome spring with a classic poem.
On Your Kindle
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
For a laugh-out-loud novel filled with it all—humor, tragedy, history, and more—look no further than The Poisonwood Bible. Chapters jump from perspective to perspective, examing the Price family through the eyes of each of its four daughters. Set in the 1960s during political tension that characterized the African Congo, this is the story of an evangelical Baptist minister, Nathan Price, who uproots his wife and four daughters—Rachel, Leah, Adah, and Ruth May—from their home in Georgia to live as missionaries in the Congo.
Each girl brings a different perspective, from the silly, superficial Rachel to the brilliant mute Adah, and each grows from girl to woman as she adapts to life in Africa. Though they struggle against a misogynistic father, the Price family is ultimately a powerfully feminine one, and these girls—steeled by their mother—prove that they can make their own decisions by the novel’s end.
On Your Smartphone
The XX Voting Bloc, by Rachel Sklar
With Super Tuesday complete, the race for the Republican nomination heating up, and the 2012 presidential election ever nearer, turn your attention to this piece about how our demographic is contributing to this year’s vote. In a Huffington Post column, Rachel Sklar discusses how women and women's issues have shaped the campaign, and how social media will be key in empowering women to further contribute their ideas. She also lauds Votizen, a site that allows for interaction and dialogue among voters across their preferred social media outlets. Read her piece, check out the site, and share your own voice!
On a Podcast
I Have a Say, featuring Sandra Fluke
In light of recent controversy over birth control and the question of whether or not it should be universally covered by insurance, check out this quick video—easily squeezed into your morning commute—featuring Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law student who spoke out about why she believed the university should cover birth control (and who was subsequently—and infamously—harangued by Rush Limbaugh). In her speech, Fluke cites the medical reasons that necessitate coverage of birth control, and she never once mentions her own sex life. Listen to her opinion, and share your thoughts below.
To Spring, by William Blake
In Boston this past week, I traded my down jacket for a lighter trench, spotted girls who had abandoned nylons on the train, and finally felt refreshed rather than chilled by iced coffee. Though it might not linger for long in the fickleness of New England weather, spring is certainly beginning to appear. To hail this happy season, revel in William Blake’s classic poem, To Spring, which uses only grand, classical personification to glorify spring, never alluding to the death and decay of winter.
Photo courtesy of Francisco Osorio.
Molly is The Daily Muse’s resident bookworm. She currently works in communications and is begrudgingly learning to be a grownup. She likes coffee shops and (the bakery aisle of) grocery stores, reading about other places but not necessarily traveling to them, keeping things clean, and stalking the Harvard Opportunes, her beloved college a cappella group.More from this Author