Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all… Continue Reading
Translated by: Andrew George 1999 Fiction Rating: 3.5/5 I was so curious to read the infamous Epic of Gilgamesh. I mean, come on. This poem was written down something like 6000 years ago. Yeah. 6000.
Now we are forced to recognize our inhumanity Our reason coexists with our insanity And though we choose between reality and madness It’s either sadness or euphoria –“Summer, Highland Falls” by Billy Joel
If you can’t speak out against this kind of thing, a crime that’s so unjust Your eyes are filled with dead men’s dirt, your mind is filled with dust Your arms and legs they must be in shackles and chains,… Continue Reading
I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. –“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes
By: Orson Scott Card The Ender Quintet (The Ender Universe) 1977 Fiction Rating: 3/5 I’m not going to lie: I was pretty excited to read Ender’s Game. It was recently made into a movie (with a pretty killer cast), appealing… Continue Reading
By: Jhumpa Lahiri 2008 Fiction Subject Matter: Bengali Americans; Bengali; South Asian people; United States Rating: 4/5 Unaccustomed Earth reminded me how much I LOVE SHORT STORIES! Since college, I’ve stuck mostly to novels or nonfiction. But Jhumpa Lahiri‘s collection… Continue Reading
By: Khaled Hosseini 2007 Fiction Subject Matter: Families; Afghanistan Rating: 5/5 Deep. Breath. A Thousand Splendid Suns is heavy stuff. I approached this one with a lot of skepticism.
By: Barbara Kingsolver 1990 Fiction Rating: 4/5 I just love Barbara Kingsolver. Animal Dreams is a work of art, an exploration of the human soul, of childhood and coming of age and love and family and roots and nature.
Truly human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning. –“In a Grove” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa