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Dreams of Glass Castles

The first time I read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, I hated it. A memoir about a family—dysfunctional, charismatic, poverty-stricken and painfully stunning—The Glass Castle painted a picture that I could not bear to look directly at for the first few years that I knew it. There are few books that incite such anger… Read More Dreams of Glass Castles

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Immortality is So Last Century

I have mixed feelings with stories that pit traditional books vs. modern technology. I grew up in the Silicon Valley—Apple headquarters just a jog from my childhood home, dad’s work at Google, friends majoring in computer science or skipping college for startups in tech venture capitalism—I’m familiar with it, okay? No. I, the only humanities career-intended among my friends, am not… Read More Immortality is So Last Century

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Stains of Purple Prose in Writing

purple (literary significance): identified with royalty, wealth and prosperity; dying clothes purple required money and made the color symbolic of status. However, in writing the color evolves into an entirely different animal. I tend to imagine purple prose as the writing you find in poetry, beautiful and lyrical. Recently, as I have been working on my YA… Read More Stains of Purple Prose in Writing