The TurboBookSnob has had a lifelong love affair
with reading, from her Trixie Belden adventure books in kindergarten,
to her dalliance in high school with the wonders of Victorian literature.
In dire moments, the TurboBookSnob will read cereal boxes if they constitute
the only reading material at hand.
The TurboBookSnob began her obsession
with modern literature one winter's afternoon in State College, Pennsylvania,
as she engaged in a heated discussion about Dickens's minor characterization
with a graduate student in English. This graduate student scoffed at the
TurboBookSnob's crowning of Dickens as the definitive authority on minor
characterization. Instead, he told her to look to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Hundred Years of Solitude to discover what real minor characterization
is all about.
The TurboBookSnob trudged through
a chilling, snowy Pennsylvania afternoon to a small bookshop, purchased
One Hundred Years of Solitude, and discovered a world of dazzling modern
literature. Over the next ten years, she fell in love with A.S. Byatt,
Salman Rushdie, and Richard Powers (Thanks Bill from Penn State, wherever
In the past few years, the TurboBookSnob
has become obsessed with Booker Prize winners and finalists. In the Booker
Prize, she has found a glorious source of literary inspiration and delight.
While the TurboBookSnob is a discerning
reader and prefers literature of impeccable quality, she also believes
being open to great novels, even if they are slightly fluffy, or by authors
scorned as writing "cheesy airport novels." Sometimes novels do a great
job at being simply what they are, and as much as the TurboBookSnob likes
to think while she reads, she occasionally craves escape in the form of
an "easy read."
The TurboBookSnob is righteously
pro-woman, pro-choice, pro-labour, pro-environment, and pro-multiculturalism.
Conversely, she is vehemently anti-war, anti-fascism, anti-IMF, and anti-George
Bush. Beyond all else, the TurboBookSnob is a passionate lover of great
and Sites Supported by the TurboBookSnob
and Social Organizations and Commentary
rights should be a given for every person on the face of the earth,
regardless of race, creed, nationality, gender, political affiliation,
or sexual orientation.
Amnesty International works to create
a world in which every human being has the rights outlined in their
Declaration of Human Rights .
need to stop the war on drugs. The United States government spends
exorbitant amounts of money on criminalizing drugs, wasting money,
clogging already overcrowded prisons, and avoiding real issues by
confusing drug use with drug abuse.
works for “drug policy reform from a variety of perspectives, including
harm reduction, reform of sentencing and forfeiture laws, medicalization
of currently schedule I drugs, and promotion of an open debate on
is appalling that we live in a world where people still discriminate
against their fellow human beings based on whom they choose to love.
GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance
Against Defamation works to eliminate homophobia and discrimination
based on sexual orientation.
|| The government should
not legislate a woman's body. Naral is working to protect women's
right to choose. In the United States , we have separation of church
and state, and abortion is a personal choice that should be governed
by personal ethics.
Parenthood provides low cost health care to women and children.
“ Planned Parenthood Federation of America,
Inc., is the world's largest and most trusted voluntary reproductive
health care organization. Founded by Margaret Sanger in 1916 as America
's first birth control clinic, Planned Parenthood believes in everyone's
right to choose when or whether to have a child, that every child
should be wanted and loved, and that women should be in charge of
their own destinies.”
|| RAINN (Rape, Abuse,
and Incest National Network) helps victims of sexual abuse and assault
with their national hotlines, educational programs, and work towards
bringing sex offenders to justice.
poetic, prolific troubadour. The TurboBookSnob would willingly follow
Van Morrison around the globe if only he would tour more often.
|| Michael Franti and Spearhead
spread their message of "Power to the Peaceful" to the world
through energetic and uplifting music and videos.
|| Ani DiFranco founded
Righteous Babe Records rather than waiting for a record label to sign
her. Since then, she has produced her own work, as well as the work
of dozens of artists. Always true to her self, the little folksinger
encourages thousands of women to give voice to the righteous babes
inside each of them.
|| Mpress Records was founded
by singer/songwriter Rachael Sage, who “is determined to cross barriers
with her music, and to communicate empathy with reference to sexuality,
spirituality and social injustice. But while songs from all four of
her albums have examined sexism, ageism, racial prejudice, drug and
sexual abuse, she admits her personal perspective has remained 'painfully
|| Mike Scott, a lyrical,
manic sprite crossed with an incarnation of the god Pan, and his band
|| Support National Public
Radio and its non-commercial, original programming that provides an
alternative to typical mainstream media.
your spare computer processing power to help SETI search for extraterrestrial
the latest news from one of our last frontiers.
||The TurboBookSnob highly
recommends online continuing education courses from the University