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Monday, June 9, 2014 | by: Erin Byrne

Published in 1980 “Gaywyck” was (according to the book’s author, Vincent Virga) “hailed as the first gay gothic novel.”  So far I have yet to substantiate that quote, but if anyone knows who said it first, tweet me. In this book Virga—again, in his words&mdas... [More]

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | by: Erin Byrne

"The Young and the Restless" has been the number one daytime soap for 25 years. This could be for a number of reasons, like the fact that there is an African-American family, the Winters, who have been part of the canvas for years (even though sometimes they seem to exist in their own corner of Geno... [More]

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | by: Erin Byrne

Is Blake Carrington supposed to be a total prick, or was this completely acceptable behavior for a leading man in 1981? This was the question I asked myself after watching season one of "Dynasty." In this article I'll be taking a closer look at episodes 1–3 of Season 1. Eventually we'll make ... [More]

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Monday, October 28, 2013 | by: Erin Byrne

When I tell people I’m a librarian a lot of the time they ask me what my favorite book is. Sometimes, like in bars and family dinners, that question is thrown out like a challenge; like in order to prove my library cred I have to have the right book as a favorite. When that happens I throw tha... [More]

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Monday, September 9, 2013 | by: Erin Byrne

The summer before my second senior year of college I talked my way into a job as a counselor/arts-and-crafts teacher at a summer camp in Pennsylvania. Despite having negative experience in those two fields I sought out the job because a few weeks prior I watched a marathon of the Nickelodeon summer ... [More]

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Monday, August 26, 2013 | by: Erin Byrne

When Dek, my esteemed editor, called me up to ask if I'd ever be writing for him again I said yeah, but I didn't know what about. He was all, "What about this new show, "Orange and Black" or something like that? I think it's about the OSU Cowboys but with lesbians, right? Tell me why I should watch ... [More]

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Monday, July 29, 2013 | by: Erin Byrne

Attn: Rita Mae Brown, While I was browsing the bizarre, antiquated stacks at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries your book “High Hearts’ caught my eye. I read the dust(y) jacket and perked right up. Southern belle Geneva Chatwood loves her fiancé Nash Hart so much that when the... [More]

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Monday, July 15, 2013 | by: Erin Byrne

Once upon a time there was a gentle prince who fell in love with a handsome, practical princess. His father, the king, was a great and powerful man who ruled his massive kingdom with an iron fist, as his family has done for nearly 300 years. The king was so strong both he and his people expected his... [More]

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Monday, July 1, 2013 | by: Erin Byrne

Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you that my two favorite things in the world are mid-century cautionary tales and prescription drugs. Where else can you mix sweet oblivion with a strong moral lesson? One could go to church I guess but history shows that is neither a fun nor viable option. ... [More]

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 | by: Erin Byrne

I’ve been dealing with my nerve medication these past few weeks and it’s prevented me from suffering fools of any kind. Due to this unfortunate condition, reading “The Group” by Mary McCarthy came to be quite difficult as the book went on. The women who were twits at the begi... [More]