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Happiness in a Dystopian Society

Happiness in a Dystopian Society

A book is a loaded gun in the house next door.  Burn it.  Take the shot from the weapon.  Breach man's mind.  Who knows what might be the target of the well-read man? Guy Montag, protagonist of Fahrenheit 451, is a fireman, though his purpose is...

Sister Death: Welcoming Life and its End

Sister Death: Welcoming Life and its End

Life and Death Have you ever been present at someone’s death? It’s a strange feeling, isn’t it? One moment the person is there and the next … he or she is gone. The person’s body is still warm to the touch. Maybe even the blood is still pulsing a little in the veins....

Two Recent Interviews

Two Recent Interviews

We were thrilled to join A.J. Cattapan recently on Cath-Lit Live! to discuss In the Shadows of Freedom! Find out the story behind the origin of the novel, how it's different from most dystopian novels, and more!     Earlier this summer, Cassandra appeared on...

Podcasts That Influence Me

Podcasts That Influence Me

I don’t remember exactly when I started listening to podcasts, but I know that I am thoroughly hooked at this point. I just checked my podcast library and counted 31 podcasts that I listen to with some regularity (some more often than others). My ten-year-old daughter...

Dystopian Ideas in Gironella’s The Cypresses Believe in God

Dystopian Ideas in Gironella’s The Cypresses Believe in God

If people talk about how the United States is politically divisive today, we have something we can learn from Spain in the early 1930s.  Jose Maria Gironella’s The Cypresses Believe in God is the Spanish version of the Russian novel: a myriad of characters,...

The Soundtrack to Our Novel

The Soundtrack to Our Novel

I’ve always been a little in awe of the power of music.  There were periods of time when I could actually track the happenings of my life through music: a soundtrack to my life, you might say.  Even now I hear a particular song and it brings me smack back to...

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