Why do we enjoy tragedies? Why is there something almost pleasant about an elegy. We watch King Lear, knowing that the moment will come when he carries Cordelia out. We watch Macbeth to hear “Out, out, brief candle!” I’ve noticed that I enjoy Old English poetry and the works of Thomas Hardy because they enter … More Why Do We Enjoy Suffering in Literature?
Whenever I’m asked, “Why read Hopkins?” I have no clue how to answer. I stumble through something about his view of language with his elaborate internal rhymes and chiming of words influenced by Welsh poetry. Or maybe I turn to the solace of his line that the “mind has mountains.” Or the decade and more that … More All Shall Be Well
Looking for something more from social media than vapid selfies and food pics? Well, then this is the post for you. Today, along with the community over at The Broke and Bookish, we’re looking at ten bookish people you should follow on Twitter right now! Digital Humanities Do you like pictures? Well, do the medievalists … More Ten Bookish People You Should Follow on Twitter
Chewie’s death was hard for me. That was when I stopped reading Star Wars books. I’m excited about the upcoming sequel, but I don’t know if I’m ready for that kind of impact again. But why am I getting into this? We just had an amazing trailer, though tinged with melancholy and tears. We are … More Old Man Solo
Book wishes. We all have them. Maybe you wish you could meet an author or that a series had never ended, especially due to author existence failure… Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s post is about the wishes I would ask the book genie to grant me. … More Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Wishes for the Book Genie
My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey. – William Faulkner I just finished the last of my tobacco from Oregon. It was a nice, smoky English blend. I’m not sure where the whiskey is packed. But I have paper, and maybe … More Essential Tools of the Trade