An Argument for Literary Perseverance

Nearly every job I’ve ever had I’ve quit for a reason that was, in all reality, rather unsatisfactory. I cleaned pools throughout college and, when told my future sister-in-law was moving to Georgia for work, I decided to quit altogether over the phone that same day, at a pool I was cleaning no less, rather than ask for a single day off. My first real … Continue reading An Argument for Literary Perseverance

Good Literature Is Not Self Help: A Critique of ‘The Alchemist’

Near my apartment there is a cemetery sandwiched between the river and a main road. If you walk long enough hugging the path near the river you will see a gravestone partially obscured by flowers. If you push aside the leaves, you find a black and white picture of a young couple smiling warmly at the camera. Below, it states that the man was killed … Continue reading Good Literature Is Not Self Help: A Critique of ‘The Alchemist’

The Reality of ‘Show, Don’t Tell’

The most oft-repeated piece of writing advice is, of course, show, don’t tell. There are articles all over the internet of varying degrees of accuracy explaining what exactly this means and how to put it into practice in your own writing. To save you the trouble of googling it and squinting angrily at the plethora of almost-but-not-quite good advice out there, here’s a basic explanation … Continue reading The Reality of ‘Show, Don’t Tell’

Relevant Reads: Books for Misfits

As a teen librarian, it’s my duty to be as unbiased and inclusive as possible. A collection blossoming with diversity, difficulty, and depth is important for any patron, but it’s especially important for youth. The current Young Adult (YA) market provides me with a variety of deep and diverse pieces of literature. Books of any kind help answer questions of self discovery, and what’s even … Continue reading Relevant Reads: Books for Misfits