In today’s society, fashion is everywhere and more prevalent than ever before. Being a fashion enthusiast myself, I can’t imagine someone not having some sort of input on the subject. I mean, everyone really does have a style if you think about it, even if you say you aren’t into fashion or don’t care about … Continue reading Read What You Wear
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!
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
It's been awhile since we've posted any creative writing themed posts so we've compiled a list of our most popular writing posts to help our readers and fellow writers avoid writer's block and stay inspired. First, get started with Music in Set the Mood and Set the Stage: Instrumental Music for Writing In this blog post, … Continue reading 5 Creative Writing Blog Posts That You Might’ve Missed!
We are excited to announce and share a peak of our latest volume of the Oakland Arts Review! This summer, the OAR staff gathered to stuff envelopes with copies of the Oakland Arts Review Vol. 2 to send to the artists and writers who contributed to our latest issue. As we begin preparing for our 3rd issue, we are brainstorming ideas to make the Oakland Arts Review accessible to everyone who visits our website. We are working on putting a digital version of each issue online for our readers to access in an aesthetically pleasing way, rather than a simple PDF. However, while that project is in progress, we would like to share the cover and table of contents of Vol. 2 right away!
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!
When Bob Dylan received the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature, reactions across the literary world varied—wildly. Eye rolls as well as applause sounded from all kinds of writers amidst continued controversy, from his slow acknowledgment and acceptance of the award, to more recent claims that he plagiarized parts of his acceptance speech from, of all … Continue reading Well You Must Tell Me, Baby, How Your Head Feels Under Something Like That: Bob Dylan’s Brain on Tradition and Genre
Here’s something I’ve been thinking about for some time: what is the role of poetry in a time like ours? For example, what are my obligations as a poet who is frightened and outraged by the recent events in Charleston? It’s easy to think that poetry doesn’t matter — in fact, the New York Times … Continue reading Art and Social Change
A lot of interviews are….pretty shitty. That is mainly because of the interviewer and/or whoever was in charge of writing the interview questions. There are many techniques that you can use to make sure that you have written the best questions possible and to help provoke more and better responses when you are actually giving … Continue reading Interview Techniques