Let’s talk John Green: A Look at Writing, Perspective, and Representation

So why do you read? In the world of novel readers, many people will tell you they read to expand their view of the world, to escape, or to connect. While I read for all reasons, there is something really special about reading and seeing myself represented, and I’m sure others will agree. There is … Continue reading Let’s talk John Green: A Look at Writing, Perspective, and Representation

Why You Should Look Back at the Stories You Wrote as a Kid

  Ah, kids.  They say the craziest things.  They also tell the most interesting, compelling stories that make absolutely no sense at all.  Or at least, I did when I was a kid. I have a box in my basement that’s just full of weird stories I wrote when I was younger—a kingdom of cats … Continue reading Why You Should Look Back at the Stories You Wrote as a Kid

Sappho in Paris: The Poetic Value of Lexical Cosmopolitanism

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