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
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
Film adaptations are wildly popular. People love to hear that their favorite book is coming to the big screen. Although most people leave the film feeling disappointed because the film did not live up to their expectations, it’s a wonderful way for studios to produce money. Are they disappointed because the audience creates visions of … Continue reading From Page to Film
I believe that a writer ought to love and respect the English language in the same way that a musician ought to revere their instrument. Jimi Hendrix would not have been able to make the spell-binding music that he did if he didn’t respect his instrument, granted, he wasn’t the most technically polished guitarist, and … Continue reading Grammatical Mistakes You Shouldn’t Be Making Anymore
Halloween is just around the corner. You can tell it's coming by the smell of pumpkin spice in the air. To prepare for my favorite holiday, I recently busted out my collection of stories by Edgar Allan Poe. And just in case anyone else is disappointed with Netflix's selection of scary movies, I have compiled … Continue reading The Best Edgar Allan Poe Stories for the Halloween Season
When was the last time you played a video game for the story it offered? It’s a legitimate question. How many people bought Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare because of the interstellar story about the rebellion of a colonized Mars, and not because it came with the series’ latest iteration of multiplayer or because some … Continue reading Video Games Need Quality and Inspirational Stories
As a book blogger, I’ve discovered that some of the most popular bookish posts are lists. People love lists, especially lists of books. I think it’s obvious that readers like getting reading recommendations and adding new books onto their already endless list of books they wish to read eventually. What’s even more fun for readers, … Continue reading A List of Some Exciting 2017 YA Books!
As writers, we feel a huge amount of pressure to be original 24/7. Works derived from others are seen as being watered down, tasteless, and just plain rude. Why is this? As writers, we are constantly hyper-aware of other writers’ ideas and fearful of plagiarism – as we should be – but why do we … Continue reading Imitation: No Shame in That Game!
5) Davis McCombs- Ultima Thule When I was a sophomore, I’d only known the superstars of the poetry world: Hass, Dove, Wojahn, Komunyakaa. Ultima Thule, the 1999 Yale Younger Series winner, was literary mouthwash at a time when I’d only had practice dissecting memory narrative. A deep imagist, McCombs realizes primitive truths through the voice … Continue reading Five Super Chic Books of Poetry
If you spend most of your time reading newly published books and enjoy sharing your opinion and excitedly discussing those books, then you’re the perfect candidate to be a professional reader. If you don’t know what a professional reader is, it is someone who reads, reviews, and recommends books to other people, whether for libraries, … Continue reading How to Become a Professional Reader