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The Bell Jar

What becomes our problem, is what see as a problem. But, what is exactly our problem? As I read The Bell Jar, it seemed to me that Esther Greenwood sees everything in her life as a problem. 861 more words


A review of TS Eliot A Short Biography by John Worthen.

This was an impulse borrowing from my local library. It’s not bad and the fact that it’s reasonably short adds to the appeal for anyone looking to learn a little more about Eliot’s life but who doesn’t want to get too in-depth (and as a lot of Eliot’s life was quite  a troubled affair that can be no bad thing). 596 more words

Twentieth Century Literature

Spiritual Terror & the Corn Maiden

The Corn Maiden (2011) by Joyce Carol Oates is a novella of psychological realism and spiritual terror, laden with masterly characterization of souls both “normal” and aberrant. 214 more words

Book Reviews

'Men' by Kay Boyle

Men by Kay Boyle, 1941

The magic trick:

The use of the house as representing the soldiers dreams of home

We have a very simple magic trick today. 247 more words


Bone Sourcebook

The Bone Sourcebook I decided to check out since I’ve just begun the series and it probably wouldn’t hurt to get an idea about the characters involved. 384 more words

Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Impressions of Harvard Square

I didn’t really like Harvard Square until after 126 pages—for it it is about an unlikely friendship, the book is meandering, poised only on emphasizing the difference between an Egyptian transplant who is a Jew, and a Tunisian who aspires to be French. 107 more words


Top Five Friday: American Classics

Today, I finished reading a really interesting adaptation of a classic novel. I don’t want to say any more about it now (I’ll save it for my review!), but it got me thinking about my favorite classics. 612 more words

Top Five Friday