Despite the occasional vague pronoun reference or f-bomb, I've always fancied myself a relatively articulate and polite English speaker (growing up so close to Canada has its consequences). En français, however, I undergo a Jekyll-like transformation from Midwestern Judith Martin to angry truck driver doing stand up for the French navy. A typical conversation is … Continue reading Sappho in Paris: The Poetic Value of Lexical Cosmopolitanism
They should be. Maybe not in the sense that their life is one big lie, or that they manipulate the people around them in order to achieve their goals. Although that is an option, I'm talking more specifically about the character lying to themselves. One of the best pieces of writing advice I've ever come … Continue reading Is Your Character a Liar?
If you have trouble picking out books then this is the post for you. There are so many good books out there that you can’t ever just choose one, and, if you’re like me, you’ll probably end up just buying the five that you picked up along the way through each isle. Well, this is for those who either don’t know what exactly goes into getting and buying a book!
Each edition of a literary journal is something unique and special, like an ice cream cone with sprinkles. Each sprinkle (story) has a different flavor. The book starts from the book cover and goes all the way to having a diverse set of authors presented in the journal each time with an array of poems, … Continue reading Why Read Literary Journals
Everybody has at least one thing in their life that just feels right to them, something that they are so passionate about that they know that’s what they were put on the Earth for. For me, this is literature. When I was young, all I did was read. Whenever I got home from school, I … Continue reading How Harper Lee Led Me to My Passion
I’m sure every person who reads for leisure has some novel or series they always return to when in a reading slump. The Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series are probably the most popular (I feel like I see Harry Potter quotes and memes all over the internet), but I’m sure there are … Continue reading The Curse of Re-reading
For a long while now, I've had a strange sensation of wanderlust. A desire to travel that could not be quelled by a short trip to someplace warm and tropical. No, this desire was not for the typical vacation. I don't know why, but I've always wanted to travel to Britain. Could it be my … Continue reading Bill Bryson saved me $1888
Okay, so I wasn’t actually comparing the Lana Del Rey to Margo Roth Spiegelman from John Green’s young adult novel Paper Towns. But it was pretty close. In one of my English classes we were each assigned to lead a discussion on a section of Paper Towns. Since I was going last, after we had … Continue reading That Time I Compared Lana Del Rey to Margo Roth Spiegelman
Some people enjoy the lingering smell of petrichor before a rain, freshly cut lawns, gasoline, the sweet notes of vanilla and almond found in the underlying mustiness of old books. I always enjoy hearing about people's favorite scents because they tend to be anchored to memories fossilized in time; one of my friends loves the … Continue reading Remembering Zines: Rubber Cement, Cheese, and Doing Your Thing
If the reader here is hoping to be an English teacher, great. This isn’t for you. This is for all the kids at family get-togethers that have been given sympathetic looks. The kids who are constantly dreading small talk because their mom’s friend, Martha, inquires about how you’re going to find a job. Also, don’t … Continue reading The English (Teacher) Major