What Gets Lost in Translation?

August 13, 2012




Robert Frost said, “Poetry is what gets lost in translation.” But I never really understood what he meant until I was a 20-year-old student. Spanish to English In college, there was a class I always wanted to take. Hispanic Literature in Translation. I had always been a big reader, and my study of Spanish was […]

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Are Dummies Books Really for Dummies?

August 2, 2012




When the Dummies books first hit the market in the early 1990s, many were concerned their titles insulted prospective readers.  After all, anyone seriously seeking education can hardly be called a dummy. Fun, instructive and easy to read, the series kicked off with DOS for Dummies and has grown into a series that, according to […]

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REVIEW: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

July 26, 2012




Payback is the name of the game in Gillian Flynn’s latest novel Gone Girl.  Flynn, the author of two previous books – the stellar Sharp Objects and the slightly less stellar Dark Places – crafts a compelling portrait of a marriage told from the perspective of each party. Using a sinister split narrative, Gone Girl […]

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10 Literary Bad Boys We Love to Love

July 18, 2012




Whether or not the cliché that every girl loves a bad boy began with literature, books can set up some pretty strange relationship expectations. And even though we know better, some literary bad boys are impossible to resist. Here are 10 naughty men to set your heart a-racing. Bad to the Bone Dorian Gray, The […]

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7 Books to Read before Faking an MFA in Creative Writing

June 22, 2012




Your first question should be, “Why would anyone fake a Master of Fine Arts degree?” But there are times (mostly at parties) when you want that external measure of proof that you are both creative and educated. Read these seven books and spare yourself the student loans. Homework: MFA Reading List These seven books make […]

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