The Color of Magic: An Introduction to Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

Most everyone who has read the Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett advises not to start with The Color of Magic. Terry himself said this book was “written in protest” about a genre that he loved, but contained “too many dark lords, too much lack of thought”.  My fatal flaw is that I’m stubborn, soContinue reading “The Color of Magic: An Introduction to Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld”

My Quarantine Hobbies

I don’t think I’ve ever spent this much time at home. Even though I grew up in this house, these past several months have felt just as long as the first 18 years. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I love being home and I’m incredibly privileged to be able to work from aContinue reading “My Quarantine Hobbies”

Les Fleurs du Mal

A view from the Harry Ransom Center Pictured high in both Ransom Center Atrias, the image of Charles Baudelaire’s scandalous flower from his 1857 poetry collection, Les fleurs du mal stands tall. As part of the Ransom Center’s French Literature Collection, this rare first edition of Les fleurs du mal features the namesake Flower ofContinue reading “Les Fleurs du Mal”

The Garden of Earthly Delights: an ineffable SXSW experience

The apocalypse started in Austin not with a bang, but with a wine dispensing tree. The Garden of Earthly Delights, a SXSW activation, kicked off the end of days with an out of this world celebration of Amazon Prime’s “Good Omens” – a series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel “Good Omens:Continue reading “The Garden of Earthly Delights: an ineffable SXSW experience”

Devil in the Details: Consumerism in Southern Gothic

Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” operates under the genre of Southern Gothic. While traditional gory Gothic themes are understated in her work, Gothic elements such as architecture and the sublime remain ever present and pervasive. Set during a time after the Civil War, the role of consumerism and oldContinue reading “Devil in the Details: Consumerism in Southern Gothic”

The Tale of Ally the Princess

Written for my friend’s graduation May 2017 Once upon a time in a far away valley lived a cute little Princess who called herself Ally. Ally was fun, and sweet, and kind, she was easily a monarch you could rally behind. She spent her days singing and dancing to songs, there wasn’t a soul who’dContinue reading “The Tale of Ally the Princess”

The Tale of Pamela the Wizard

Written for my friend’s college graduation, May 2018   Once upon a time in a faraway land, Pamela slept tight – spell book in hand. For three years she’d studied, and studied, and thought to learn to use magic, completely self-taught.   Tomorrow’s the day where she’d show off her stuff to prove to the worldContinue reading “The Tale of Pamela the Wizard”

Moxie: A Review

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu depicts the story of Vivian who seeks to amend the sexism in her high school through self-made magazines, called Moxie, reminiscent of the Rebel Grrrls. In her zines, she encourages girls to rebel against injustices, such as the dress code, by wearing bathrobes to class and so on. With the helpContinue reading “Moxie: A Review”