Category : Literature

Review of It’s Me Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise

Remember your favorite childhood picture book. Close your eyes and think about the illustrations: the hyperbolic colors, the cartoonish proportions, the fantastical settings. Recall the excitement of turning the pages, anticipating the words on the page you almost knew by…

0 Comments / 73 View / April 21, 2015

In Defense of Book Reviews

Reading is an extremely personal experience. A book can be a waste of time for one reader, yet the same book can have the power to change the course of someone else’s life. Why then should people spend precious time…

0 Comments / 75 View / December 7, 2014

Review of Bernard Cornwell’s Agincourt

I picked up Bernard Cornwell’s Agincourt at the recommendation of a friend.  It is a fictonalized account of the famous medieval battle between the English and the French.  A majority of the characters were real people who fought at Agincourt,…

0 Comments / 292 View / November 24, 2014

Reviewing Lena Dunham’s Debut ‘Not That Kind of Girl’

When the public knows someone as the could-be voice of a generation, there is a lot of pressure surrounding the release of any major work from this figure, especially a debut book. Furthermore, celebrities are often discounted when it comes…

0 Comments / 113 View / November 3, 2014

Excellent Sheep: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

[section_title title=First page title] Deresiewicz diagnoses a serious cultural issue, but his prescription and techniques are far from ideal. When I saw William Deresiewicz’s New Republic piece, “Don’t Send Your Kids to the Ivy League,” I jumped at the opportunity…

2 Comments / 577 View / September 16, 2014

Review of ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’

Published in 2000, Dave Eggers’s Pulitzer Prize finalist and, arguably, pinnacle work truly is a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. I am of course referring to his book aptly titled A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. In the book, Eggers…

0 Comments / 189 View / September 6, 2014

What Would Chris McCandless do?

What would Chris McCandless do? That is a question I have asked myself more and more often these days. To most people, the name Chris McCandless does not ring a bell. Honestly, it did not raise any flags for me…

0 Comments / 170 View / August 27, 2014

The Problem with A**holes—The Book, That Is

When one stumbles across a book with the word “Assholes” slapped across the cover in the Philosophy section of a bookstore, one would most likely be under the impression that this book would be an engaging but also intellectually stimulating…

2 Comments / 154 View / July 23, 2014

Exploration of Madness in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea

I hate this novel. This was my thought after I barely finished forty pages. Yet, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is one of my favorite classics, so I refused to give up. It’s a good thing I didn’t. The second…

2 Comments / 704 View / July 22, 2014

Harry Potter’s Next Chapter

  Potterheads rejoice: on July 8, author J.K. Rowling released a new Harry Potter short story on the Pottermore website. I don’t know how to comment on this story without at least some spoilers, so for anyone who hasn’t read…

0 Comments / 205 View / July 21, 2014