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Headshot of me wearing red lipstick Kara Babcock

Kar·a Bab·cock

/ˈkɑɹə ˈbæbˌkɑk/ Listen to how I pronounce my nametitle>

  1. An inveterate reader.
  2. A word goddess.
  3. A force of nature.

Welcome to my personal site, including my blog of 17 years and links to my book reviews, podcasts, and other projects around the web.

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Recent Blog Posts

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We cannot afford not to strike


Accepting arbitration now is not the way forward, not when OSSTF should be standing up with the labour movement across North America.

One month of that EV life

Recently I marked my first month as the owner of a brand-new 2023 Kia Niro EV! I’ve known for a while now that I wanted my next vehicle to be electric; I didn’t expect it to happen quite so soon. However, the timing was right. The venerable 2010 Mazda 3 I was driving until this summer was finally costing too much, in terms of annual maintenance, and I found myself in a position where…

Levelling up

My school’s graduation ceremony was an opportunity for me to celebrate my students and also myself.

Pride before the fall

Thunder Bay’s leading Pride organizations provide an object lesson in how not to practise solidarity.

Recent Book Reviews

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The Circumference of the World

2 out of 5 stars ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆


Another story about stories, this time a metafictional romp through a Scientologyesque religion and the end of the universe. Lavie Tidhar’s The Circumference of the World is imaginative and, dare I say, quite a bit wacky; however, it never coalesced into something I would call enjoyable. Thanks to NetGalley and Tachyon Publications for the eARC.

Delia is a mathematician from Vanuatu, though now she lives in London. Her boyfriend’s disappearance causes her to start looking…