Category Archives: Anise K. Strong

You Cannot Open A Book Without Learning Something*

The last Saturday in April is Independent Bookstore Day. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. Take a look at the photo above, it shows

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Virtue & Vice In Ancient Rome

“Two thousand years ago, an aristocratic Roman matron named Vistalia faced a trial for adultery. Vistalia was notorious for conducting multiple extramarital affairs, but her husband, Titidius Labeo, refused to divorce her. Eventually, the Emperor Tiberius himself accused her of adultery, a crime punishable by exile to a remote island. Vistalia responded to this charge by publicly registering herself as

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The Latest Podcast Featuring Homoeroticism, Goth Music & Dr. Mütter’s Marvels, Available Now!

Effervescent author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz talks about an era where all medical operations, no matter how brutal or invasive, were performed on patients who were wide awake and screaming. She interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the “P. T. Barnum of the surgery room”  in her new book, Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale

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Who’s Afraid Of Homoeroticism? Scary Surgery & The Eccentric Innovator. A Genuine Goth.

Female homoeroticism has been showing up all over the place in the media again. Could the latest trend have been initiated by the controversial 2013 movie Blue Is the Warmest Color? Are these images of woman on woman action intended to titillate or illustrate a commonplace experience? If either answer is correct, then the next question has to be, “Why are male on

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