Magpie Murders: A Modern Day Agatha Christie Mystery

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

Some Thoughts About Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist

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

What Are We to Make of Shakespeare’s Use of Bodies in Titus Andronicus and Coriolanus?

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?