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Take an online writing course with Margaret Atwood, author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Picture this: you’ve just finished reading (or watching) The Handmaid’s Tale. You’re so inspired by the dystopian plot, the enthralling characters, and crafty writing style that you decide to take a creative writing class. On the first day you sit down, your professor walks in, and *plot twist* — your professor is none other than...CONTINUE READING
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Who is June speaking to in the voiceover for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’?

This article contains spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2, Episode 11, and speculation about the plot for future seasons. More than any other episode before it, “Holly” made clear that June’s voiceovers in The Handmaid’s Tale are more than just a powerful storytelling device.  June is telling her story to someone, somewhere, at some...CONTINUE READING
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After Kennedy’s retirement, are we entering ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ territory?

Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court on Wednesday, effective July 31. Given that Donald Trump gets to pick his replacement, and Mitch McConnell controls the Senate confirmation process, it seems all but certain that the next judge on America’s all-important bench will be a hardline conservative.  Kennedy, appointed by President Reagan,...CONTINUE READING
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Everyone is comparing Trump’s border policy to ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ even the creator

Spoilers ahead: If you haven’t watched Handmaid’s Tale, you’ve been warned.  The Trump administration’s forcible separation of children from their families at the U.S. border has everyone comparing it to The Handmaid’s Tale — including Margaret Atwood herself. SEE ALSO: How to stop feeling helpless when you hear about immigrant children taken from their parents...CONTINUE READING
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 struggles with depicting trauma

The good news is that Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 eventually does start to recapture some of the  poignancy that made Season 1 an unprecedented phenomenon. The bad news is that it takes about half of the season to start getting there. To be fair, the near-flawless Emmy and Golden Globe-award winning Season 1 casts a...CONTINUE READING
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‘Star Wars’ inspired 9/11 terrorists, says Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood, author of dystopian classics The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake, is widely considered one of the world’s greatest living novelists. She is not, however, considered the world’s greatest movie critic.  That much became clear Tuesday after Atwood attempted to draw a connection between the attack on the World Trade Center on September...CONTINUE READING
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