Category History

Land in Literature

The city has been the setting for most cultural expression. Movies, art, literature, music, and the stage have all flourished in urban environments. This has been true for all of human history. It has also been true that city life has filled the content of these mediums. Pastoral work has had its times, but the city […]

Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” Or Why I Now Appreciate Feminism

However rightly or wrongly I always associated Virginia Woolf with Sylvia Plath.* Other than her suicide I knew very little about Woolf or her work. My college years did little to change this. I only saw Woolf’s name in connection to either feminism or modern English writers alongside the likes of Eliot and Pound. Over my winter […]

Borges: A Life

When most people think about Jorge Luis Borges one word typically comes to mind: who? Tragically this isn’t a joke. I know if it weren’t for a short story class during college I probably would never have heard of him either. No matter how many books I’ve read or author’s biographies I’ve read I can […]

Reading Habits

Every time a meet someone one of the first things I want to know is what book they’re reading, or how much they read, or what they read, or why, and you get the picture. I have learned not to ask any of these questions. I realize most “educated” people like to think they’re readers […]

American History

It’s the 4th of July and most Americans have the day off to celebrate the country’s independence. Any glimpse in the history aisles of your local bookstore, or on Amazon, or your local library will uncover countless books about American History, especially about the Revolutionary War. However, most of the individuals you talk with about our […]