• Visual Art

    The Brain on Literature

    This piece in particular was done in a time of feeling heavily influenced by the things that were going on around me that were pulling me away from the things that made me happiest. It specifically illustrates how literature can take you on a journey from your own life and worldly troubles and into any world you can possibly think of in order to escape, no matter for how brief of a time, and allow your mind to explore and breathe.

  • Visual Art

    The Uncaged Bird

    This hasty painting is based on Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The bird, once caged, has broken free of the confining bars, but does not join the free bird’s frivolous flying. He does not sing like he did when he was caged; he screams for all of the time he wasted locked up. Although he is no longer caged, he will never be free spirited like the free bird. He can only be described as uncaged, but never as free.

  • Literary Critique

    The Blending of Cultures in Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

    Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich narrates the story of June Kashpaw through the lives of her immediate and extended family. In addition to telling June’s story, Love Medicine demonstrates how the traditional Chippewa way of living has survived in contemporary America. In Erdrich’s novel, June’s and the Chippewas’ story brings the reader into the lives of everybody June has affected. Modern versions of the traditional Chippewa trickster, Nanabozho, appear throughout Love Medicine to communicate how Native Americans, particularly the Chippewa tribe, created a synthesis of ideologies to survive in contemporary America, while still walking in beauty to some extent. The religious differences between the European Immigrants and Native Americans clashed…

  • Editorials

    Access Now

    Getting around in today’s society can be difficult, especially if you have a disability that hinders your mobility. You really don’t pick up on how inaccessible places can be unless you know someone with a disability or experience it yourself. Fortunately, Maayan Ziv created an app, AccessNow, that allows people around the world to discover the accessibility of different locations and can add details about the accessibility of places themselves. They stated that their main goal “…is to map as many places as we possibly can…we want to find ways to create access where there is currently none,” (AccessNow). I personally think this is a fantastic program, as it can…

  • Literary Critique

    Walt Whitman’s Courageous Expression of Homosexual Love in “Leaves of Grass”

    Homosexuality has been viewed as unnatural and immoral throughout history. When Walt Whitman first published his 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, over a hundred years before the society even considered accepting homosexual behaviors, it included the “Calamus” sequence that describes his romance with another man. Reviewers called his poetry “obscene” and “that horrible sin not to be named among Christians’” (Schmidgall).  His boss even fired him from his job as a clerk. Whitman admirably chose not to censor his poetry to fit society’s hateful ideologies as he expresses his beautiful relationship with another man. This bravery communicates a message of self-love and a sense of oneness between every person…

  • Book Review,  Editorials

    Review: David Mitchell’s Slade House

    David Mitchell is a thrilling author who weaves his works like a knotted ball of string; there is an end and a beginning, but the reader is seemingly on their own when it comes to everything in the middle. Because of these works, Mitchell is an award-winning and bestselling author who, according to his website, was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People world-wide. His novels are stand-alone explanations of these awards. Slade House is one of his twisted novels, where Mitchell’s knotted ball is never fully unwound. The novel’s basic structure is simple. There are two twins who inhabit Slade House, a time-warp of…

  • Literary Critique

    Slade House: Embrace the Frustration

    There comes a time in every reader’s life when you come across a book at precisely the right moment. That is the case with David Mitchell’s Slade House. A twisted blend of horror and sci-fi and detective fiction, Slade House challenges narrative conventions and plot structure in a way that entices you read the next chapter, and then the next one as you search for answers about this mysterious Slade House. In order to fully appreciate the story Mitchell is telling, it is necessary to throw all preconceived notions of what a novel is out the window. Otherwise you will set yourself up for disappointment, because Slade House doesn’t work…

  • Literary Critique

    Inseparable Places in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

    In Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the author Ransom Riggs employs a lot of symbolism in order to paint an effective portrait of the Jacob’s life. For our main character, Florida represents monotony and a life of normalcy. Through his environment and social factors, Jacob is unable to break out of his shell and is left yearning for something not so ordinary. The stories his grandfather Abe tells him about “peculiar children,” and his cryptic last words propel Jacob on a journey in search of answers about his grandfather’s past. In doing so, he enters a world far from anything he could have imagined. The interactions he has in…

  • Literary Critique

    The Tragedy of a Life of Abandonment

    Emerson believed in the happenings of our lives to take place in the metaphorical character of a circle, to which there is always an inevitable tie of sorts to which connects the ends and the beginnings of our experiences. We leave home to grow into new surroundings and out of old friends, we go to universities to grow into new understandings and out of old trivalent thought, we grow into new lovers and out of old comforts, we grow out of the places and the people that make them and we inevitably begin to grow into ourselves. Our lives are inherently made up of the collection of things in which…