Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman First published in 1855 Leaves of Grass was a small book consisting of twelve poems. Whitman revised and republished it throughout his life, resulting in vastly different editions, the last including more than 400 poems. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson Although Dickinson wrote over 1800 poems during her lifetime, less than a dozen were published before her death in 1886 at the age of 55. Her younger sister, Lavinia, who lived at … Continued
With the cinematic adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s seminal work A Wrinkle in Time soon premiering, it’s worth examining the aspect of the book that has made the novel a frequent guest on banned books lists. In short: it really confused and challenged conservative Christians. And I got to witness it all firsthand. In the late 90’s, I went to a very small, very conservative evangelical Christian school, and the religious instruction was more fire and brimstone than love, peace, and … Continued
Valentine’s Day is a happy occasion for some and less so for others – if you aren’t seeing enough roses, chocolates, and unbearably fancy dinners headed your way today, here’s a few romantic reads to delve into.
1. Dear John, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook: take your pick of Nicholas Sparks’ books. Eleven of his nineteen best-selling novels have been turned into films, so although they may be easy to criticize, something about them makes them undeniably popular.
2. Doctor Zhivago: Boris Pasternak won the Nobel Prize for Literature following the publication of this book in 1957 after the manuscript was smuggled from the USSR to Italy. The love story between Yuri and Lara during the Russian Revolution was further immortalized in film in 1965.
3. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë), Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë): Yep, I just lumped all of those together, just like I did with everything Nicholas Sparks. These titles make up a niche of undeniably popular romantic literature! (more…)
A Case Against Pottermania
My fellow Millennials, everyone else may hate us, but I think we’re great. We survived the Great Recession and are slowly killing many products and institutions that deserve painful deaths. Death to the diamond industry, death to Applebee’s!
So it is with great love, affection, and a heavy heart that I proclaim: Millennials, we need to let go of Harry Potter. (more…)
There are many famous authors who were also quite fond of food – there’s George R. R. Martin and his lemon cakes and roast capons, J. R. R. Tolkien and his hobbit-sized feasts, and countless other sumptuous tables described in detail throughout popular literature. Some authors take their gastronomic pleasures more seriously than others. To celebrate them, we’ve curated a list of cook books by bestselling authors for you to enjoy. 1. Maya Angelou (1928-2014) is best known for her … Continued
Andy Warhol, famous for his Pop Art renditions of Campbell’s Soup Cans and other supermarket staples, not only illustrated a popular cookbook early in his career as a commercial artist, but he also self-published his own cookbook. After completing a degree in pictorial design from the Art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1949, Warhol moved to New York and began working as a freelance illustrator for magazines and trade publications. He worked as an … Continued
Looking to hit the road? These five road trip classics will get you going!
Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21st, 1933 in Tryon NC, Nina Simone was the sixth of eight children. She started playing piano by ear at the age of 3, and church organ by 7. She dreamed of becoming the first black concert pianist in the United States and gathered supporters in her small North Carolina town. During her first recital at 12 years old, Simone took a stand against the racial injustices of the Jim Crow South and refused … Continued
by Ashleigh Redmond
From Idaho to Slovenia, my travels over the past six years have been, at least in part, inspired by Ernest Hemingway. My partner has had a healthy obsession with Hemingway since he was young, and we have been lucky enough to visit some of the most significant places in Hemingway’s life.