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 … Continue reading Treading Water with Moby Dick, and the App that Finally Helped Me Read It!
“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 … Continue reading The Brothers Karamazov
These are the 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 life, 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 … Continue reading 17 of the Best of the Ancient Classics (BC)
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 … Continue reading The Tempest – A Gloriously Fun Shakespeare
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 … Continue reading Why Legolas is Unnecessary