Sarah O'Connor

Writer – Playwright – Cannot Save You From The Robot Apocalypse

The first episode on my short-lived podcast was all about Barb Holland, so it only made sense to make her my first post for What Girls Do. I don’t know what it was about Barb Holland, but I like oh so many Stranger Things viewers fell in love with her. It should go without saying, but I will …

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“Whether we realize it or not, we often find ways to alleviate feelings of existential aloneness through the seeking of unity…Food, entertainment, success, sex, relationships, busyness, gossip — there are plenty of ways to divert our attention from the unavoidable, terrifying aloneness of human existence,” (Bolz-Web, Nadia, 21). Sex has long been a taboo subject in …

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I received this book from The Next Best Book Club in exchange for an honest review. “That morning he had waited at the station for the train to start running again, his head low, body shaking, and he understood why people killed, why people stopped feeling, why people stopped believing in God. He heard the first train …

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I received this book from The Next Best Book Club in exchange for an honest review. “Language is a cross-cultural love story of chatty merchants, violated verb conjugations, insolvent loan words, and forgotten Latin declensions. Language is a giant swingers party where slang swaps partners with grammar. Language is an hourglass of human culture, a vivid ekphrasis …

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I received this book from Playwrights Canada Press in exchange for an honest review. “Pickle veggies on the side, milky coffee on the ice Your pick of rice, friend or white, at no additional price Not only that, I got a burner stove and cans of gas So you can slurp a bowl of pho …

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“A woman walks down the street and a man tells her to smile. When she smiles, she reveals a mouthful of fangs. She bites off the man’s hand, cracks the bones and spits them out, and accidentally swallows his wedding ring, which gives her indigestion,” (Kirby, “A Few Normal Things That Happen A Lot, 7). Gwen …

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“Here’s the problem with horror movies: Everyone knows what’s coming next but actions have momentum, every decision an equal and justified reaction. Just because you know you should, doesn’t mean that you can, stop,” (Khaw 109). A group of five friends travel to Japan for a wedding in a long abandoned Heian-era mansion. The mansion is …

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SPOILERS FOR MIDNIGHT SUN AND THE TWILIGHT SERIES “Suddenly, as she ate, a strange comparison entered my head. For just a second, I saw Persephone, pomegranate in hand. Dooming herself to the underworld. Is that who I was? Hades himself, coveting springtime, stealing it, condemning it to endless night,” (Meyer 187). Look, I’ve been waiting for this book for fifteen …

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Marin Machado’s life was perfect. She owns a chain of upscale hair salons which includes a clientele of high-end celebrities, her husband Derek is a self-made millionaire, they each donate to many charities and adore their four-year-old son Sebastian. But three days before Christmas the unthinkable happens: Sebastian is taken, and after much publicity and …

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