Archetypes, Female Masculinity, and Male Homosocial Desire in Tolkien’s Middle Earth

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

The Lord of the Rings: Another Fangirl Essay

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

One Day More: A Brief Reflection on the Past Year

I'm sorry that I'm crying, it's just that I'm so happy to be here right now. Tomorrow is orientation at Wellesley College. I think it's important to pause once in a while to look back, as cliche as the premise of this post is. Roughly a year ago, I picked up The Lord of the … Continue reading One Day More: A Brief Reflection on the Past Year

What It’s Like Being A Hipster (sometimes)

If I say that I'm a hipster, that means I'm not a hipster, right? Okay, so I'm not really a hipster, but sometimes I can point to a cultural phenomenon and say, I was into that before it got cool. Without further ado, here's a list of the things in life I innocently enjoyed before … Continue reading What It’s Like Being A Hipster (sometimes)

Fangirl Apologetics (♂♀) – Open Letter

Dear All, The term "fangirl" gets a bad rap because it conjures up images of cooing hordes of women too old for their obsession. Teenagers hanging up posters of Justin Bieber and One Direction in their bedrooms. Wannabes writing less-than-stellar fan fictions. Immaturity. Hysterics. Dreaminess and idealism. As with all stereotypes, there is some truth in that. But like the others, there can be so much more. If you know me, you will know that I am a huge nerd about many things. From Harry Potter, Star Wars, and DC/Marvel superheroes, to string quartets, Shakespeare, Johnny Depp, and musical theatre, I've had many "phases", but I never look upon them as that way, not even in retrospect. So in short, here's my statement defending the legitimacy of all the fandoms that I belong in.

睿 – On ‘Wisdom’

With T-minus 7 days till graduation, if you're like me, you're reflecting on what to do with this newfound freedom. If you haven't discovered it already, you will soon find that with no responsibilities, there is no meaning in procrastination anymore, and/or that binge-watching TV leaves you feeling immensely unfulfilled. Even books, exercise, music, and … Continue reading 睿 – On ‘Wisdom’

Misconceptions: “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

I love poems that talk about roads. It's such a wonderful metaphor for the choices we make in life, and a comparison of the journey we travel through time. And that's exactly what this is - I agree with that. What the meaning of the choice here is - that is where I differ in the common interpretation. In the first stanza, the narrator stands there at the fork making his decision. He can't take both roads and remain one person. He must choose one, though he does not know what it leads to, looking as far down "to where it bent" as possible. And to continue the metaphor, that is what our choices mean every day too. We can't both keep our job and quit it for another one, or go to both UC Berkeley and Rice University at once.

Thank you, Professor Tolkien

I stepped into Middle-earth last August, and my heart has never left since. Throughout senior year, I have been discovering more and more about the remarkable man behind it all. I immersed myself in his other works, including “The Silmarillion”, his translation of “Beowulf”, “The Children of Hurin”, and his letters, poems, and lectures. Despite previously … Continue reading Thank you, Professor Tolkien