DID SHAKESPEARE REALLY WRITE ALL THOSE PLAYS?

I had the wonderful opportunity a few years ago to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and grave in Stratford-Upon-Avon while abroad at Oxford, and boy, that was a really fun day. The museum and preservation of his estate was really amazing, and it was kind of surreal to be walking around the town — I even gotContinue reading “DID SHAKESPEARE REALLY WRITE ALL THOSE PLAYS?”

HAMLET

Ah, to be or not to be, that is the question. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is hand’s down one of the richest works of literature that explores the human psyche and condition. It’s GORGEOUS. It’s complex, introspective, thrilling and certainly some of Shakespeare’s best writing. Most importantly, it’s some of the most morally ambiguous, confusing, thought-provoking piecesContinue reading “HAMLET”

Why should I give a $#!% about Shakespeare?

The more I study him, the more of his work I read, the more I appreciate him and am in awe at the quality, genius and scope of his writing. There’s a lot of different reasons why you should care about (and read!) Shakespeare, or at least familiarize yourself with the scale and scope ofContinue reading “Why should I give a $#!% about Shakespeare?”

Why I don’t participate in reading challenges

Something I’ve noticed recently on Instagram or Goodreads are “reading challenges;” that is, a goal set to read 30 books this year, or 50, or 80, or whatever number you want to hold yourself to. Bookstagrammers are keeping track of how many they’re read so far at this point in their bios, and thankfully sinceContinue reading “Why I don’t participate in reading challenges”

AMERICAN DIRT

So…this is a pretty controversial book right now. I wanted to directly preface American Dirt with a review of Meghan Daum’s The Problem With Everything because I think the issues raised in Daum’s narrative (such as cancel culture) can help us categorize part of the controversy surrounding American Dirt. Approaching the discussion through Daum’s lensContinue reading “AMERICAN DIRT”

THE PROBLEM WITH EVERYTHING

Heads up, this is gonna be a looooooong post. But I am feeling REALLY passionate about this. I first discovered Meghan Daum’s The Problem With Everything from a Sam Harris podcast episode, titled “Sex & Power” (linked here if you’d like to listen!) To my pleasant surprise, I really connected with Daum in this interview.Continue reading “THE PROBLEM WITH EVERYTHING”

BLACKWELL’S OXFORD

This post is dedicated to one of my favorite bookstores in the world: Blackwell’s of Oxford! Since 1879, Blackwell’s has been supplying and trading books to the University of Oxford — it started as a local family business and quickly evolved into the hub of all student books, both for leisure and for school. ThisContinue reading “BLACKWELL’S OXFORD”

ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is another excellent nonfiction book I’ve read recently. Though it’s short book, that certainly doesn’t mean it’s a quick read — I actually took notes throughout reading this, and would honestly recommend other readers to do the same! “People who believe they are ignorant of nothingContinue reading “ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY”