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Treading Water with Moby Dick, and the App that Finally Helped Me Read It!

Giving Up on Moby Dick Two years ago, I gave up on reading Moby Dick. It was an extremely well-written work, with beautiful descriptions, vivid characters, and striking scenes; it was a book of mythic magnitude, of fabled fame, of prosperous popularity, and yet – I could not get through the seventh chapter. The sixth chapter had been entirely about describing a pulpit, which I found both vivid and boring, but I was willing to… Read More »Treading Water with Moby Dick, and the App that Finally Helped Me Read It!

The Brothers Karamazov

“For we must love not only occasionally, for a moment, but forever. Everyone can love occasionally, even the wicked can.” Father Zossima, The Brothers Karamazov When I was fifteen, my mother gave me this book for Christmas, but two months later, after she had read it, she told me I was not allowed to read my Christmas present for a few more years. I was actually relieved, since I kept feeling like I should read… Read More »The Brothers Karamazov

17 of the Best of the Ancient, Ancient Classics

These are the really old classical texts I read in high school and college that I actually liked! Full of passion, love, sacrifice, fate, and prime storytelling, they contain deep insights into human nature, and I highly recommend them! What’s the oldest book you’ve ever read? Mine is the Epic of Gilgamesh, but I didn’t like that one very much! 😴😄 1. Homer’s The Iliad 2. Homer’s The Odyssey 3. Sophocles’s Agamemnon 4. Sophocles’s Eumenides… Read More »17 of the Best of the Ancient, Ancient Classics

The Tempest – A Gloriously Fun Shakespeare

I read this for probably the third time this past year. I was asking myself yesterday what my favorite Shakespeare is, and it feels like an impossible question to answer. But if I ask myself which one I read the most often… The Tempest wins!! I’ve read it before, and I’m sure I’ll read it many times again. What with Ariel and his cloven pine, Miranda seeing man for the first time, and the wonderfully… Read More »The Tempest – A Gloriously Fun Shakespeare

Why Legolas is Unnecessary

Literary Panic So, I called my brother in a literary panic the other day. Let me explain. I have realized that I read books differently than most people. Even, possibly, differently than most authors – though I don’t personally know enough authors yet to confirm this. I like to read in order to hone and perfect my own writing. So I read masters. I tend to avoid anything that is subpar in every way. If… Read More »Why Legolas is Unnecessary