Fashion, Travel, Poetry

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.

Given the abundance of haiku I’ve read in the last few months, I thought it would be illuminating to read a broader selection of Japanese poetry. When I found The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse at Dawn Treader, my favorite used bookstore in Ann Arbor, I had the perfect opportunity to do just that. The copy… View Article

The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse

Genre: Poetry
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Given the abundance of haiku I've read in the last few months, I thought it would be illuminating to read a broader selection of Japanese poetry. When I found The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse at Dawn Treader, my favorite used bookstore in Ann Arbor, I had the perfect opportunity to do just that. The copy I found, priced at $4.50, is from the 60s, but I figured since this is mostly a selection of historical poetry an old book would do just fine.

In the past, I would frequently lose myself in used bookstores, emerging with an optimistically hefty pile of books to read. My literary eye is often bigger than my stomach’s reading abilities. This habit of mine has waned since I purchased my Kindle. It’s now far easier to pirate classics and purchase the newer novels… View Article

Book Review: Haiku Master Buson

Genre: Haiku
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In the past, I would frequently lose myself in used bookstores, emerging with an optimistically hefty pile of books to read. My literary eye is often bigger than my stomach's reading abilities. This habit of mine has waned since I purchased my Kindle. It's now far easier to pirate classics and purchase the newer novels I'd like to read on the Kindle store.

Since I've gotten into haiku, however, I've experienced something of a renaissance in my used bookstore visits. Reading poetry on a kindle is a wretched experience--the line breaks are never right and the poems sit awkwardly on the page. Rather than spending a fortune on new books of haiku, I've chosen to peruse the often ample collections at my favorite used bookstores, and I've found some real winners.