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A Scenic Drive Through My Favorite Books of 2017

I’ve been away from this blog for a while, but I want to get it rolling again and start off 2018 right. And what better way to do that than by sharing my personal top picks from books I’ve read in 2017? I read a lot of translated literature, so to avoid confusion, I’ve cut the […]

Ample Book Trivia: 45+ Online Literature Quizzes to Consume Your Day

The general understanding of quizzes is that they’re supposed to be briefer and less formal than tests. Maybe at least partially because of this, while there’s no shortage of literature quizzes to be found on BuzzFeed, Sporcle and the like, many of them tend to feature the same sediment being stirred up to the surface. […]

5 Unexpectedly Beautiful Grave Sites of Famous Russian and Soviet Writers

I’m not the kind of person who gives a lot of thought to my own tombstone. Officially, I’d say I prefer to be cremated, but I’m really more of a “dump me in the nearest river” type. At the same time, I don’t particularly think of graves or graveyards as being creepy places. I think […]

3 Garden Path Sentence Headlines for Our Age of Fake News and Questionable Intentions

A couple nights ago, I listened to an NPR interviewee talk about Steve Bannon’s two-pronged threat to liberal politics as being a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” approach. References to various pieces of gothic literature, like Frankenstein, had already appeared as political commentary in some online arenas earlier in this year’s election season. When I […]

16 Great Old Paintings of Women and Girls Reading

During a recent search for public domain art to spruce up this blog, it came to my attention that there are a lot of fantastic portrayals of women and girls reading—or at least holding books while being interrupted or drifting—out there. In a different kind of article, I might theorize as to why it is […]

Patricia Highsmith’s Novels: The Best, the Worst and the Weirdly Intriguing

Patricia Highsmith is a literary wildcard. Her work may be considered amateurish by book snobs whose primary concern is high art, and too fully-formed for genre fans whose primary concern is entertainment. But I’ve gotten the impression that neither of these phenomena is the norm. Rather, it seems like readers generally love her for having […]

5 Reasons Why “Ethan Frome” is 50 Shades of Dreary, Dreary Gray

Edith Wharton was a brilliant writer whose work remains relevant today. House of Mirth explored the constraints of economic and social structures in her own branch of New York high society in a believable and intriguing way. However, to tell it like it is, she had a tendency to put her characters through arguably unnecessary shit. […]