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Monday, March 03, 2003
Matthew Yglesias is calling for a Muslim version of The Handmaid's Tale... but didn't that come to fruition with the Taliban? It's rather backwards for the dystopian novel to come after the dystopia itself. I've heard that Margaret Atwood was thinking of Iran when she wrote The Handmaid's Tale... I wonder what her position on the war with Afghanistan was. Hopefully it was more reasonable than, say, Barbara Kingsolver's*.

*Who wants to read my essay on the connection between Kingsolver's beef with the U.S. government and her preoccupation with abusive fathers? (I wrote it in junior year of high school; don't expect brilliant prose).

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