I like to think of myself as a pretty level-headed person. If I were any calmer, I would be dead. My pulse is at 54 beats per minute. I don’t know how much more tranquil I can get. Now, for the contradiction: I’m a very high-anxiety person. This anxiety has materialized this semester in… Continue reading Terrible Semester Wrap-Up
Imagine stepping through the brilliant, polished French doors of a 19th-century department store. The scent of perfume wafts through your nose as you step onto the shining wood floors, the voices of shoppers and drapers and haberdashery workers rising all around in a cacophony of sound. Brilliantly-lit chandeliers cast glints of light off of silken… Continue reading Book Review: Ladies’ Paradise
Wow-Alex-Is-Really-Lame-Time: I’m reading Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola, a title that sounds befitting of grocery store romance novels and trashy chick lit. At 480 pages, this one is a fairly long one, and most people would probably raise an eyebrow at this one. At the title, you would assume that it’s just some kind of Victorian-era romance popular among… Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/25
When I pulled this one out around my uber-feminista stepmother, she wrinkled her nose at me. “Why are you reading that?” She asked, peering around the stem of her wineglass at me. “Cause I like Junot Diaz?” “But he’s so rough on women,” she responded, with is Stepmom for ‘they say a bad thing about a… Continue reading REVIEW: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
I’m usually really not huge on these kinds of books. Actually, I tend to hate books that are about writing and the art of writing and how to be a writer. I think writing is largely something that you get or you don’t and beyond that point, it’s such a highly subjective art form that… Continue reading Book Review: Stephen King’s On Writing
I hate Stephen King‘s work. I picked up Pet Sematary a few months ago with lingering interest and ended up putting it down after Gage made his big debut. Last year, I borrowed It from a friend and was let down by the lengthy mythology behind the clown guy. However, I respect his work – it carries… Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
The 731-page behemoth is vanquished! Suddenly, I’m very emotional about a long-dead Treasury Secretary. I’m sad the book is over. I’m sad for Hamilton’s legacy. What’s more, I’m sad for Aaron Burr‘s legacy. Whether it’s towards the theoretical protagonist or the theoretical antagonist, it’s hard not to feel some type of pity for Ron Chernow’s version… Continue reading Book Review: Alexander Hamilton