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A Seat at the Table: or, Towards a Theory of the Spoiler

April 16, 2014
A Seat at the Table: or, Towards a Theory of the Spoiler

On Monday, one of us “spoiled” something.  Here’s her statement of the case, for arbitration: I put the big event of an episode of Game of Thrones in the title—and lead image, significantly—of a recap essay I wrote. The show had aired, so–and this is what’s interesting–it did not even occur to me that...
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To Summer

July 9, 2013
To Summer

Avidly will be shifting to a once-weekly schedule, starting this week: look for our work on Wednesdays.     To Summer   O thou who passest thro’ our valleys in Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat That flames from their large nostrils! thou, O Summer, Oft pitched’st here thy golden tent,...
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The Growth of A Year

June 11, 2013
The Growth of A Year

I troop forth replenish’d with supreme power, one of an average unending procession, Inland and sea-coast we go, and pass all boundary lines, Our swift ordinances on their way over the whole earth, The blossoms we wear in our hats the growth of thousands of years.   Eleves, I salute you! come forward! Continue...
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Spring Breakers!

March 26, 2013
Spring Breakers!

  Have a good spring break, y’all!  Avidly won’t be posting this week, but  we’ll be back next week with ideas about: Disney; Dance Movies; Sail Boats; Writing; Eye Brows; Aging; Probably More Basketball. Also, a reminder that we’re always open for submissions–for instance, if you’d like to tell us about Spring Breakers (which...
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Avidly in Review

December 20, 2012
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As the year winds down, we here at Avidly would like to thank you for your amazing contributions and support and enthusiasm. We’d like to end the semester by looking back at a handful of excellent posts you might like to reread as you decompress from a busy fall. Note that this doesn’t aim...
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What Bella Wants

November 15, 2012
What Bella Wants

We all remember when Edward bit those pillows the first time he and Bella did it, right? They were newlyweds then, and apparently are still newlyweds now, a whole movie later. The camera, as it enters the house, is Bella, surveying her new domestic space (the only thing that would make that incredibly literal...
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Racing Forward

November 8, 2012
Racing Forward

At this hopeful post-election moment, we’re struck by one fascinating difference between this week and its partner in 2008.  Whereas Obama’s first election was widely described as ushering in a “post racial” America, this time around the pundits seem to harbor no such lofty idealism. Indeed, quite the opposite—media attention has glommed on to...
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On Connie Britton’s Hair

October 16, 2012
On Connie Britton’s Hair

In the opening scene of ABC’s new drama Nashville, Connie Britton takes down her hair.  Well, it’s not totally Connie Britton. It’s Rayna James, Britton’s new country singer character, freeing her hair from its pins, getting ready to go on stage.  But you’ve got to think the directors knew what they were doing.  “Come...
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About Avidly

September 17, 2012
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Origins Sarah M: For me the motivation for Avidly came from this sense that there was a shortage of places that published the stuff I wanted to read, and also to write. I was interested in work that brought intellectual rigor to a range of topics, while at the same time bringing the enthusiasm of...
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American Literature Girls

September 7, 2012
American Literature Girls

  “I’m holding out for a captivity narrative American Girl with a horse hoof in her pocket.” –Michael Snediker. “Share the HERO in YOU.”–American Girl Friends! You may have noticed: the days are shorter, the students are back, the summer is gone. Avidly, too, is ending…but just its first issue. We’re taking a brief hiatus to...
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