The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, is a realistic-fiction novel set in the 1960s American South, where temperatures were high and racial tensions were higher. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 may have granted equal rights for all, but the long-standing divide between blacks and whites remained stubbornly in place, which is … Continue reading The Secret Life of Bees: A Review and Other Thoughts
With the arrival of summer comes more freedom and possibility, like exploration and discovery through the medium of literature. Book-reading has always been a great past time of mine, especially in the summer months when I'm not so busy. There's just something so satisfying about returning from the library with a bag full of books, … Continue reading A Review of Illuminae and a Word on Acknowledgments
I mean, it's a valid question. Why are we so fascinated by stories of Zeus, Thor, or Anubis? Why do these stories get retold over and over, in different forms and across different mediums, in different societies across the world? These questions are ones I want to answer, but I didn't feel qualified enough to … Continue reading Why do we believe in myths?
In efforts to revive my habit of reading more than just comic books, I took upon myself the task of reading Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, this past summer. Published in 1890, it caused much controversy with its homosexual undertones and encouragement of giving into sinful temptations. Literary critic Camille Cauti calls it … Continue reading The Picture of Dorian Gray: A Review