Fashion, Travel, Poetry

Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück

Genre: Poetry
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As mentioned in my previous post on the subject, I intend to focus whole-heartedly on poetry this year. What better place to start, then, than one of the paragons of contemporary poetry: Louise Glück.

Late in the dregs of 2014 I made a commitment: I would read and write more poetry. It’s a commitment I’m happy to say I cleaved to for the duration of 2015–a commitment that was aided considerably by one simple act: subscribing to Poetry magazine. Poetry magazine has been on my radar for quite some… View Article

A Year of Poetry Magazine

Genre: Poetry
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Late in the dregs of 2014 I made a commitment: I would read and write more poetry. It's a commitment I'm happy to say I cleaved to for the duration of 2015--a commitment that was aided considerably by one simple act: subscribing to Poetry magazine.

Basho is the Shakespeare of haiku, and since I’ve been delving deeper into the study of Japanese poetry I figured it would be pure madness not to read through his major works. I ordered several of his books from Amazon a few months ago–admittedly without doing enough research–which included the Penguin Classic’s version of The… View Article

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Matsuo Basho

Genre: Poetry
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Basho is the Shakespeare of haiku, and since I've been delving deeper into the study of Japanese poetry I figured it would be pure madness not to read through his major works. I ordered several of his books from Amazon a few months ago--admittedly without doing enough research--which included the Penguin Classic's version of The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the Shambhala Classics version of Narrow Road to the Interior. Both copies included Basho's major works of travel writing. Both also included scholarly essays. Both, I realized as I read through them, featured the exact same work. As it turns out, "the Deep North" and "the Interior" are just different translations of the same title. After my initial disappointment--and facepalm--I found that it was well worth it to read two different translations of the same title, as my experience with each was quite different.

Its been ages since I’ve read any Woolf–far too long, really, considering she’s my favorite author. I’ve had my nose stuck in various compilations of poetry, many of them haiku, for the last few months, and for a nice change of pace I picked up a collection of Woolf’s short stories. I’ve read all of… View Article

A Haunted House and Other Stories by Virginia Woolf

Category: Fiction
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Its been ages since I've read any Woolf--far too long, really, considering she's my favorite author. I've had my nose stuck in various compilations of poetry, many of them haiku, for the last few months, and for a nice change of pace I picked up a collection of Woolf's short stories. I've read all of her novels and longer prose, so I'm moving on to her shorter works. Now that I've finished A Haunted House and Other Stories I can't wait to get my hands on more of her shorter stories.

I read Megan Kimble’s Unprocessed back in April and I didn’t intend to review it on the blog. Mostly I tend to review works of poetry or fiction, and Unprocessed is a nonfiction book. I’ve realized, though, over the last seven or eight months that I talk about Unprocessed with people more often than almost… View Article

Unprocessed by Megan Kimble

Genre: Non Fiction
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I read Megan Kimble's Unprocessed back in April and I didn't intend to review it on the blog. Mostly I tend to review works of poetry or fiction, and Unprocessed is a nonfiction book. I've realized, though, over the last seven or eight months that I talk about Unprocessed with people more often than almost any book I've read in the last year, so it might be worth sharing. It really is a fascinating book.

Remember that time I reviewed Sylvia Plath’s The Colossus and Other Poems? Remember how I walked away disappointed–almost confused as to why so many teachers and fellow poets had recommended Plath to me? Well now I understand why. Plath’s Ariel, her last book of poetry, is decidedly among the best collections of poetry I’ve ever… View Article

Book Review: Ariel by Sylvia Plath

Genre: Poetry
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Remember that time I reviewed Sylvia Plath's The Colossus and Other Poems? Remember how I walked away disappointed--almost confused as to why so many teachers and fellow poets had recommended Plath to me?

Well now I understand why. Plath's Ariel, her last book of poetry, is decidedly among the best collections of poetry I've ever read.

Given my affinity for fantasy and sci-fi literature, it’s almost surprising that it took me this long to read Ringworld, a well-renowned sci-fi classic. I picked it up after my husband read it and raved about it. Ringworld is a sci-fi novel set in the future. The main character is Louis Wu, a 200 year-old… View Article

Ringworld by Larry Niven

Genre: Science Fiction
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Given my affinity for fantasy and sci-fi literature, it's almost surprising that it took me this long to read Ringworld, a well-renowned sci-fi classic. I picked it up after my husband read it and raved about it.

Ringworld is a sci-fi novel set in the future. The main character is Louis Wu, a 200 year-old human (kept alive and youthful via boosterspice), who is looking for adventure. He meets a Pierson's Puppeteer--an alien race that's somewhat horse-like--who convinces Louis to join him on a mission to explore the Ringworld the puppeteers have discovered. The Ringworld is a million-mile-wide artificial ring that encircles a sun-like star. The side of the ring facing the star is habitable. The mission is to explore this ring and discover who built it and who lives there.