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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

Cover image for The Starless Sea

The Starless Sea

4 out of 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


A long time ago, a decade and in many ways another life ago, I read The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern’s first novel. Also highly acclaimed, it didn’t live up to its hype for me—but I wasn’t surprised. I reviewed it, filed it away, and didn’t really think about Morgenstern again until I saw The Starless Sea in my bookstore. I read the description, and I thought, “Hmm. Another story about stories. Not original. But…