Category Reviews

Reading Rilke

As part of an effort to read more poetry this month I picked up my copy of Rilke’s Poems.* I picked Rilke because I had just finished his Letter to a Young Poet. I had thoroughly enjoyed this short work. It was very insightful and is certainly worth the special place it holds in the literature on writing. […]

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 […]

As I Lay Dying – The Greatest American Novel (Faulknerianism at its Best)

After reading about James Franco’s plan to make As I Lay Dying into a movie I re-read it. And I love As I Lay Dying. It was a travesty that I somehow failed to list as a favorite when I wrote about favorites and this has been corrected. I first read this book during a seminar on Hemingway […]

Infernal Translation of the Inferno

After finishing Borges: A Life and having a few weeks between my summer class and the start of the new semester I picked up Dante’s Inferno. I have other classics that I’ve meant to read, The Faerie Queene, but after the comparisons Williamson drew between Borges’ work and Dante’s I had to at least read part of the Divine Comedy. You might […]

Monday News Day II

Sorry for the delay in getting this posted. I’d re-title it, but I don’t like Tuesday Newsday. It sounds too cutesy, like a bad pun. Below you’ll find a link to some interesting articles. Some are genuine stories about books, some are just good articles on literary things. Happy readings. My favorite article from the […]

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 […]

What’s in a Name?

Does a name mean anything? Does it determine your tastes or connect you to something larger? Does it reveal who you are? What can you know about yourself because of your name? Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake focuses on a Bengali immigrant family and their son Gogol. However, Lahiri clearly writes for a larger audience […]