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Review: ‘Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution’

Review: ‘Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution’

February 7, 2017

In Julia Alekseyeva's memoir “Soviet Daughter,” Alekseyeva pays tribute to her great-grandmother Lola...

NEIU instructor releases new poetry book

NEIU instructor releases new poetry book

October 26, 2016

On Oct. 4 NEIU’s literary journal SEEDS hosted a poetry reading in celebration of the publication ...

Chomsky addresses the state of humanity

Chomsky addresses the state of humanity

October 11, 2016

On Sept. 26, Haymarket Books, a publishing company, hosted Noam Chomsky at the University of Chicago wh...

Review: “Demand the Impossible”

Review: “Demand the Impossible”

October 11, 2016

A revolution is imminent! A new resurgence of progressive ideologies that challenges the conventiona...

‘New Taboos’ Shirley, It’s a Good Book?

April 19, 2016

“New Taboos” is a small collection of writings by John Shirley. It consists of a short story, two ...

Un-break My Heart

Un-break My Heart

February 2, 2016

Most people have experienced relationship heartache. Thankfully, most aren’t beheaded or sent rathe...

Review: ‘Seconds: A Graphic Novel’

Review: ‘Seconds: A Graphic Novel’

October 7, 2014

It’s official; the mid-twenties quest for direction is the new teen angst. Or if you’ve read Bryan Lee O' Malley's last couple of works you...

Review: “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed”

September 23, 2014

“When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed” is the new novel by English professor Bradley Greenburg....

Images Worth a Thousand Words

Images Worth a Thousand Words

March 26, 2013

  4 of out 5 Stars Sara Lee, Eli’s Cheesecake, and Crate and Barrel all began their careers in Chicago. But that’s not all they have in common. These prominent companies were...

Big Trouble in Little Brother

Big Trouble in Little Brother

March 6, 2013

  The book Little Brother looks at issues of privacy and the power of technology in a seemingly paranoid computer-driven dystopian society where ...

Is it Her Fault? Counselor Fired For Controversial Book

Lina David, Staff Writer

October 17, 2012

  Bryan Craig, a 33-year-old guidance counselor and girls’ basketball coach at the south suburban Rich Central High School, was put on administrative leave after the publication of his book, It’s Her Fault. The book is of the self-help genre and is intended to help women achieve the upper hand in their relationships with men. Craig, who has mentored more than 200 teenage girls at the high school, stated that he was tired of hearing women complain about men and wanted to provide a “roadmap” to men and relationships. The book encourages women to be submissive, states that strippers are empowered through their dominance of men, and goes into graphic detail on the sexual organs of different races of women. Commenting on the decision to fire Craig, board president of The Rich Township High School District 227, Betty Owens stated, “Craig’s conduct in this matter fell far short of our expectations and evoked outrage for me, members of this board and many others in our district who have come to expect the highest level of professionalism and sound judgment from the people they entrust with their children each day.” Owens also stated that, after the publication of the book, parents from the district called to complain about Craig. Furthermore, the school board stated that Craig’s book, “showed a lack of good judgment and professionalism.” In rebuttal, Craig has filed a $1 million federal lawsuit against the school district, Owens, and the superintendent, Donna Leak, for wrongful termination, claiming that his free speech rights were violated. Craig’s attorney, Stephen L. Richards made the following comments, “He has not committed a dischargeable offense. We don't believe he's violated the school rules. His publication of the book was an exercise of his First Amendment rights.” In the interest of letting the book speak for itself, “In some cases, strippers and dancers show the overall dominance a woman can have over a man," Craig’s book states. "Not to say that stripping is what has to be done to truly establish dominance, but these women's mind set is in the right place in order to meet the true potential of the point of this book." Craig also encourages women to be submissive in their relationships with men, “Let's enter the wonderful world of submissiveness. Yeah I know ladies, you all hate that s---. However, it must be in place in order for us to feel some type of power...he's your man, go ahead and let him turn you every which way, let him touch your hair if he asks, real or not. Give him oral sex without making the ‘ugh’ face. You submitting to your man can do a world of good. He won't need to find a dip, he won't feel the need to resent you, and he won't feel the need to tell his friends your business.” It’s Her Faultwas self-published and can be purchased on the Amazonwebsite....

It’s a Small Town After All!

Sean Dotson, Staff Writer

September 6, 2012

Interview: Dr. Ryan Poll, Author of Main Street and Empire: The Fictional Small Town in the Age of

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