I really love the concept of starting fresh each year — reinventing myself, making meaningful change — it’s powerful. In theory, New Year's resolutions are great — not only do they force us to look back at what we’ve been doing and re-evaluate, but they also ask us to do better. Eating too much pie? … Continue reading New Year, New Me… Yeah, Probably Not
Set in a small English town, Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders features all the archetypes that whodunit connoisseurs have come to expect from the genre. There’s a nosy neighbor, a vicar, a small town doctor, plenty of small-minded townsfolk, a wealthy man of power, and a ridiculously intelligent detective. Horowitz also slips in a few less-conventional … Continue reading Magpie Murders: A Modern Day Agatha Christie Mystery
I have been looking for ways to get involved with the local literary community since I moved to Minnesota, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to volunteer yesterday for the Rain Taxi-sponsored Twin Cities Book Festival. Gathered together, in a spacious building at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, were the city’s finest authors, readers, publishers, … Continue reading Twin Cities Book Festival | Rain Taxi
I keep making the mistake of reading a good book, deciding that I would like to write a blog post about it, but then not… I have a pile of books that I read during my last reading sprint, and I’d love to share them with you, but unfortunately the details are beginning to turn … Continue reading Elena Ferrante’s The Days of Abandonment
So. Much. Hype. Written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, and published in 1988, this short novel exploded as an international bestseller roughly around 2009, when it was translated into sixty-seven languages. It has sold over sixty-five million copies and set the Guinness World Record for the most translated book by a living author (I guess … Continue reading Some Thoughts About Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist
For my first post, I thought I would share an essay that I wrote while attending UCSC. I won two prizes for this piece, and it is an example of some of my best work. I PROMISE that future posts will NOT be this long. This post is unique in that it is waaaay more … Continue reading What Are We to Make of Shakespeare’s Use of Bodies in Titus Andronicus and Coriolanus?