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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.

Now offering freelance copyediting services!

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Recent Blog Posts

But I’m a good person

This blog post is not about the death of the queen, though the bad hot takes on social media are the inciting incident. This is a blog post about white supremacy and white fragility and the fallacy that you can be progressive without feeling uncomfortable about your whiteness or doing a damn thing towards actual change.

Don’t Speak Ill of the Dead

Last Thursday, Queen Elizabeth died, and the internet lost its collective mind. Suddenly,…

Making friends

Why are the things we want most sometimes the toughest to obtain? Now, finally, some traction.

Baby needs a new pair of shoes

Not actually about shoes but rather the need for radical collective action. All of us deserve more than just survival. We deserve luxury too.

Recent Book Reviews

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Lessons in Chemistry

5 out of 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


My bestie Rebecca lent this to me, and I am glad she did—I don’t think I would have picked it up otherwise, and that would have been my loss. Lessons in Chemistry stands out. It is quite a literary novel, full of narrative tricks and idiosyncrasies and enough contrived character circumstances to make John Irving or Heather O’Neill jealous. But Bonnie Garmus is on a mission in this book. She’s laser-focused on the unfairness of…