The Hunger Games vs. Little Women

Ever wondered about the differences between classical children’s literature and modern children’s literature? Read to find out more! As a young reader, I read everything. And I mean everything: cereal boxes, movie summaries, even maps and street signs…when there wasn’t a book around, I got my hands on whatever I could. I always had something … Continue reading The Hunger Games vs. Little Women

Spitting Blood: Rediscovering the Japanese Death Poem

On July 24th, 1927, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, considered to be one of the greatest modern writers of Japan, had his aunt deliver the following poem to the family doctor, who himself was a haiku poet: One spot, alone, left glowing in the dark my snotty nose That very night, propelled by “a vague sort of anxiety … Continue reading Spitting Blood: Rediscovering the Japanese Death Poem

My Passion for Reading Started with Amish Fiction

My grandma gave me an Amish fiction book in seventh grade. It was a strange book, but it was the book that started my passion for reading. I doubt many people have found themselves wandering down the Amish fiction section at a bookstore, especially not with the intentions of eagerly taking a book home. As … Continue reading My Passion for Reading Started with Amish Fiction

Advice from an Almost Graduated English Major to Future English Majors

            I would like to start off by saying: Congratulations! You’ve passed the first test that all aspiring English majors encounter when choosing a major. That is, when people found out you graduated and launched into the same three questions (Where are you going to school? What are you majoring in? What do you want … Continue reading Advice from an Almost Graduated English Major to Future English Majors