Week 3: Reading Lewis Carroll in the time of Trump

Reading Lewis Carroll in the time of Trump "When I use a word," [he] said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said [he], [...]

By |2018-09-07T03:38:06+00:00June 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 2: The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (Anonymous) Kawabata Yasunari; Donald Keene; Miyata Masayuki

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter Book Review This story is the oldest surviving story of Japanese fiction. It's known as the "ancestor of romances" and goes back at least to the 10th century. I read it as part of my reading bucket list - one book a week of the 1001 Books You Must [...]

By |2018-09-06T23:46:52+00:00June 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Woman in White (one down, a thousand to go)

The Woman in White Book Review I'm not sure how I got through four years of university majoring in English lit and missed reading this Wilkie Collins classic. My excuse is that I majored in 20th century American lit, which is not really an excuse. However, better late than never. I started it as the [...]

By |2018-09-06T23:39:38+00:00June 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Story Behind the Story

The Story Behind the Story Three years ago Gregory Rodriguez wrote an article on "How Genealogy Became Almost as Popular as Porn". In it he traced the current obsession - or fascination, if obsession is a little too creepy - with tracing our family history to Alex Haley's best-selling book Roots. As Rodriguez pointed [...]

By |2018-09-06T23:27:52+00:00June 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments