Last year on this date, I published a piece called "The Lord of the Rings: Another Fangirl Essay," and some of the first posts on this blog were also about, or related to, Tolkien's works. His imagination acted as a starting point for my writing. (See: Thank you, Professor Tolkien; Parody: All that is gold … Continue reading Archetypes, Female Masculinity, and Male Homosocial Desire in Tolkien’s Middle Earth
God, you have been good to me. You have rescued me from many dangers, and used me as Your vessel. But now, I'm tired. My spirit is still willing, but my flesh is so weak. Can I burn this brightly without burning out? As I shine out into the darkness, will I not attract the … Continue reading The Imposter Artist
Two Septembers ago, I began studying the French language, eventually reaching proficiency. I self studied two more semesters' worth of French grammar over the summer so that I could take a literature course when I returned in the fall. The first essay I ever wrote there was filled with grammatical errors, but made sense. The … Continue reading En français: Les ponts de Paris, selon Gautier, Roubaud, et Apollinaire
Hello! Here's a little free discourse that I wrote earlier this year on one of my favorite artists of all time - an artist in the sense of a maker of worlds, and in the sense of vision and imagination. It's been over a year and a half since I threw myself in wholeheartedly into … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings: Another Fangirl Essay
During my last year of high school, I rediscovered how much I really liked reading. Here are some of the titles I read, with my ratings. I wish I could write reviews on them all, but the ones rated five stars are the ones I really highly recommend! And I would love to discuss any and … Continue reading Senior Year Reading List
Known for his ability to recreate Russian life succinctly through representative anecdotes, Anton Chekhov creates female protagonists who uphold morals and expose flaws of Russian society through silent suffering and endurance. Due to their honesty and innocent malleability, these females are wronged and exploited as marginalized members of society. Olenka, Anyuta, and Vanda, from “The … Continue reading Passive female figures in Chekhov’s “The Darling”, “Anyuta”, and “A Gentleman Friend”
Before I knew that there was a country called Italy, before I knew the word philosophy, let alone Plato or Socrates, before I had touched classic literature or become addicted to the internet, I liked to daydream. I still do, of course, that's a pastime that will never completely leave me and is probably essential … Continue reading Children Invent Things: Venice, Determinism, Bach
If only one could transcend physical limits! I’m the one who must live inside my own body, but from where do I end and begin? Is my skin and senses my boundary or my membrane from which to gather and spread my presence through? These parts of myself that I find in places and people … Continue reading Time for Brain Myelination (Or, Why Learn)
A pastiche on Federico García Lorca's "Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias", a poem in four parts. The poem is an elegy that Lorca wrote for his close friend, a bullfighter, or matador.
"The Alchemist" is similar to "The Little Prince" and "Candide" - all are very simple stories integrated with profound life lessons.