Books

Reading My First Horror Story

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What makes the good scary story? I always thought that ghost tales told around a fire or in a dark room pretty much covered the genre. That it would be the suspense and mind-boggling monsters […]

Books, News & Culture

Celebrating Zora Neale Hurston

2 mins read

Today would have been Zora Neale Hurston’s birthday. If you haven’t read anything by Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” is a good place to start. I read this novel in high school and still […]

Books

Mini-Reviews: The God of Small Things

2 mins read

If I were to ever choose a favorite book, this one would be among the top contenders. The prose is eloquent and raw. It can be simple and complicated at the same time. (It’s extremely […]

Books, Life

Vonnegut: Life through fiction

1 min read

There’s no doubt that life can be strange, difficult and confusing but Kurt Vonnegut —a veteran, writer and political dissident — knew that art has the potential to alleviate some of the burden. I’ve read […]

Books

Disappointing reads

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I dropped Elsewhere by Richard Russo into the “return here” slot at my library the other day with some hesitation. My shabby bookmark sat more than halfway to the end of Russo’s memoir but I […]

Books

Happy Birthday, Walt Whitman

2 mins read

Photo taken in the late 19th century by Matthew Brady // via Wikimedia. Come, said my Soul Such verses for my Body let us write, (for we are one,) That should I after death invisibly […]

Books

Lorca’s corazon

1 min read

Cancionilla del primer deseo En la mañana verde, quería ser corazón. Corazón. Y en la tarde madura quería ser ruiseñor. Ruiseñor. Alma, ponte color de naranja. Alma, ponte color de amor En la mañana viva, […]