Tag Archives: Literature

September 26

Newsweek’s Top 100 Books of All Time

Titles Order The Social Contract and Discourses by Jean-Jacques Rousseau War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 2009, No. 1 War and Peace (1/2) by Leo Tolstoy 2009, No. 1 War and Peace (2/2) by Leo Tolstoy 2009, No. 1 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell 2009, No. 2 Ulysses by James Joyce 2009, No. 3 Lolita […]

March 04

Maktub

Book club is coming up and I am quickly reading The Alchemist. There are many wonderful concepts put forward in the book, one of which is: Maktub. Maktub means, it is written. “Determinism is the philosophical view that, given certain initial conditions, everything that ensues is bound to happen as it does and in no other possible […]

December 08

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

When the British series “Queer as Folk” premiered, it took brilliant prose to a whole new level. One of the characters described quite succinctly, how I felt today by 10 am. “Sometimes, you get a good Thursday, sometimes a bog-standard Thursday, sometimes you get a shit Thursday. This Thursday was mental.” – “Queer as Folk” […]

December 08

Favorite Quotes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

  For anyone who knows me well, it is quite obvious why “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is my favorite book and which character I would play. It is a story about mischief and love. The idea of contrast is a basic building block of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The entire play is constructed around groups […]

Guest Blog: Voivode vs. Vampire – Dracula in Modern Literature

By Gemma Norman, University of Birmingham The name ‘Dracula’ is a name synonymous with vampires: the handsome, seductive aristocratic Count of Bram Stoker’s novel is the image that first comes to mind upon hearing the name. Most people have also heard the name Vlad the Impaler, but it’s rare to find someone who knows that […]

June 16

Athanasia By Oscar Wilde

Famous Authors’ Handwritten Outlines for Great Works of Literature

I was trying to figure out how to preface this blog post. The most effective way, I could think, was to look back to the source and reference how Wikipedia defines Literature. “Literature (from Latin litterae (plural); letter) is the art of written work and can, in some circumstances, refer exclusively to published sources. The […]

Gatsby

“The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other’s names.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby”

April 03

What Hemingway Can Teach You About Web Writing

What Hemingway Can Teach You About Web Writing. Ernest Hemingway is one of my favorite writers of all time (with Charles Dickens being at the top of that short list). It has been said that Hemingway knew how to get the most from the least, prune language, multiply intensities, and tell nothing but the truth […]

Taking ‘Hunger Games’ into their own hands

via LATimes.com. For the love of the book. After reading “The Hunger Games,” four teens wanted the story to continue. So in 2010 they put it to video, starring themselves. Now their 10 installments have been viewed 4.5M times. Duncan Rule discovered “The Hunger Games” shortly after the novel came out four years ago. He […]