The bardo, in my mind, acts as a sort of purgatory. The dead, or ghosts, in the novel, are placed in their “sick box” and are left there. The “sick box” is clearly a coffin, but it is interesting that the ghosts don’t recognize it as such. The adult ghosts…


I believe Krauss may have been somewhat overly ambitious in this particular choice. It seems clear that her attempt to subvert her character Leo’s interpretation of love by adding in the narration and perspective of other characters and their views of love. The result is a complex and often contradictory account of the human experience and the differences with which each of us approaches the nature of love. While some, who may have chosen the books hoping to discover a definitive truth about the nature of love and how it functions in society, may have been left disappointed by Krauss’ inability to deliver, but perhaps this is even more honest.


The Choose Your Own Adventure genre is one that has become increasingly prominent in the video gaming industry. Whether it be small indie titles aimed at giving the player an alternative or mind-bending story-telling experience, a sweeping RPG (role-playing game) designed to give the player the freedom to build out…


I find this perspective of The Great Gatsby to be quite profound. Daisy and Tom, at the beginning of the book, know themselves to be upper class and well off, seeing their socioeconomic status for what it is. But both of them, in their individual ways, conflate their social status…


Respond: What is the experience of reading The Great Gatsby as a graphic novel so far? I’m interested in the ways your reading might be different than previous readings or what changes/stays the same in reading the novel through the graphic novel.

It definitely feels different to read a book…


It’s funny, The Great Gatsby is both one of those “Books That Everybody’s Read So It’s As If You Had Read Them, Too,” as well as one of those “Books You’ve Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It’s Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them,” to quote Calvino…


You, as a reader, are directly addressed and involved in the narrative of Calvino’s text. Did you feel this to be limiting in any way? Did you see yourself in the text? In what ways is Calvino’s text subversive?

At the very beginning of the text, I almost felt as…


I am no creative writer, but I feel most inspired after playing witness to an artist breaking from the mold. The freedom that can come with the short story format, with the experimentation of point of view, or with a stream-of-consciousness style has often compelled me, as the consumption of…


What is Borges’s notion of the role of human beings in the determination and directing of their own history and evolution? According to Borges, what can the human creative powers, will, and imagination, accomplish?

This piece was fascinating to me, yet it’s intricacies of truth remain somewhat hidden. It is…


It’s super important to place the writer and their work within a historical and personal context, so my first step would be to gather information on the author and the time period, in this case, Edna St. Vincent Millay. I might head to the library and check to see whether…

Elijah Walker Lyons

English + Political Science double major

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