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Halloween Books to Kickoff Your Halloween Week

Halloween Books to Kickoff Your Halloween Week

The origins of Halloween date back to a Celtic tradition marking the end of the harvest season. Later, this pagan celebration was given Christian connotations by the Church, and the term “Halloween” translates to “All Saints” (“History of Halloween” Radford, B.). The modern celebration of Halloween proves to be far more removed from its origins,...
Childhood Trauma and the Search for Closure

Childhood Trauma and the Search for Closure

Guilt, sadness, resentment. Trauma. In childhood, we experience the world as creatures of intensity. Our memories remain clear yet marred, the pain of trauma cutting through all senses in recollection, even as we become adults. Madeleine Thien’s novel, Simple Recipes, recounts the fictional stories of individuals from different backgrounds and locations as they look into...
Emma Watson is a Real-Life Hermione Granger and Other Famous Bookworms

Emma Watson is a Real-Life Hermione Granger and Other Famous Bookworms

English majors constantly find themselves at the pinnacle of unemployment jokes or post-grad careers in publishing punchlines. Yet there are so many talented and legendary icons that have majored in English and would make anyone second-guess their negative opinions on the major. English has proven to be a degree that is a necessary and incredibly...
Drugs, Alcohol and Literature

Drugs, Alcohol and Literature

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan are only a few of the many incredible works that Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote in his troubled lifetime. When he lost his father as a young boy and suffered from several health issues in his youth, the solution that was offered to him was opium. While...
5 Common Phrases in their Shakespearean Context

5 Common Phrases in their Shakespearean Context

Although we may not realize it, many common phrases we use today were written by Shakespeare hundreds of years ago. When was the last time you were so tired you felt as “dead as a doornail”? Or when you experienced a “wild goose chase”? Although these sayings may not have been coined by Shakespeare himself,...
The Kids' Section: Oliver Jeffers' The Heart and the Bottle

The Kids’ Section: Oliver Jeffers’ The Heart and the Bottle

Though I consider myself a geek when it comes to English literature or anything poetry, there will always inevitably come a time when I need some kind of a break. Watching my mother teach kids in kindergarten and seeing the adorable picture books she would bring back home was fascinating. I was surprised when I...