Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia was a book that came highly recommended. It’s been on my list of books to read for such a long time, so I felt the pressure to read it sooner rather than later. I made the unfortunate mistake of reading it on my iPad. This book is definitely one thatContinue reading “Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic”

Nicole LePera’s How To Do The Work

Instead of listening to the body – after all, symptoms are it’s way of communicating with us – we seek to silence it. How To Do The Work seemed to me like New-Age Hippy psychology. I have spent the last few years really critically reviewing contemporary psychology trends, so I expected a lot of thisContinue reading “Nicole LePera’s How To Do The Work”

Ray Bradbury’s The Creatures That Time Forgot

I’m not a huge fan of short stories. They always leave me wanting more: a longer plot, more detail, more of a resolution. None of that ever arrives for the reader. It’s frustrating beyond belief, it’s that form of titillation is often very addictive. It’s the reason why many readers love Ray Bradbury. In TheContinue reading “Ray Bradbury’s The Creatures That Time Forgot”

Roxane Gay’s An Untamed State

There’s no room for such distinction in a country where too many people have to claw for what they need and still have nothing to hold. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay is the story of a woman that gets kidnapped in Haiti for ransom. It gets interesting when her father decides to be anContinue reading “Roxane Gay’s An Untamed State”

Karma Lekshe Tsomo’s Buddhist Feminisms and Femininities

Language is powerful and can express more than mere concepts. My Buddhist studies were limited to one course back in the early 2000’s, but I never looked at religion the same since. It completely changed my POV of Catholicism and Christianity. And, it also surprisingly shifted my thoughts on feminism. It totally gave me thisContinue reading “Karma Lekshe Tsomo’s Buddhist Feminisms and Femininities”

Lindsay C. Gibson’s Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

The ability to feel mixed emotions is a sign of maturity. I’m sure that I’ve read Lindsay Gibson’s Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents twice now. Many of the trauma books explain very similar concepts. Gibson is particularly good at providing facts and details. Due to current personal reasons, I am finding it challenging toContinue reading “Lindsay C. Gibson’s Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents”

Ray Bradbury’s The Playground

The Playground by Ray Bradbury is one of those short stories that I would really love to subject to some serious analysis. I could just really play with the concept of age, regression, evil, and life stages. This short story could be looked at through a psychoanalytical lens, Marxist lens, and/or sociological perspective. In theContinue reading “Ray Bradbury’s The Playground”

Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder

A Sound of Thunder has been on my reading list for a decade. I got really into science fiction my first year of college at UCSB. Because I’ve been distracted with theatre and film literature, I hadn’t gotten back to reading some good “old-fashioned” Ray Bradbury until now. It’s kind of funny to consider himContinue reading “Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder”

Kurt Vonnegut & Suzanne McConnell’s Pity the Reader

Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style was technically not written by Kurt Vonnegut; it was edited together by Suzanne McConnell. Though she incorporates Vonnegut’s voice through his writing, she really is the primary communicator in this book. And, I was not a huge fan unfortunately. Like many writers, Vonnegut taught writing. He worked atContinue reading “Kurt Vonnegut & Suzanne McConnell’s Pity the Reader”

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

In the beginning, nearly fourteen billion years ago, all the space and all the matter and all the energy of the known universe was contained in a volume less than one-trillionth the size of the period that ends this sentence. I had the pleasure of visiting the American Museum of Natural History in New YorkContinue reading “Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”