#Essays

How Do Bad Marriages In Literature Often Enable The Protagonist’s Character Development?

For women we meet in literature, bad marriages often facilitate character growth. Here are a couple examples of how women push back.

The AAPI Reading Challenge for May and Beyond

The AAPI Reading Challenge is committing to read at least two books from AAPI perspectives we’ve never before considered.

Is It Time to Retire the Romance Term “Bodice Ripper”?

The term "bodice ripper" is often used to disparage the romance genre, but it's also used by some romance readers. It is time to retire it?

The Age of Un-Innocence: Feminine Loneliness in BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY and SEX AND THE CITY

How does loneliness and the single life as portrayed in '90s classics Sex and the City and Bridget Jones's Diary resonate today?

What is Prose Poetry?

Prose and poetry seem like opposites, when in fact, prose poetry is its own form. So what is prose poetry?

What Makes a Good Biography?

The story of a life is vast and can take many shapes, and whose stories get told in the first place shape the way we view history.

How Contemporary American Fiction Capture the Woes Of Immigration

Thousands flee their homelands to settle in America, but is it truly the ticket to a better future? These novels explore the woes of immigration.

Movies Starring Poems And The Poets Who Penned Them

A tonic of curiosity, nostalgia, and obsession inspired me to cuddle up with four films that, in my starstruck opinion, spotlight poetry.

Elderly Women Up To No Good: Loving Old Lady Sleuths

Elderly women playing the role of sleuths in fiction shatter perceptions of the roles women--and older people--have in society.

Cookbook Showdown: Best Waffle Recipes

Four waffle recipes from four cookbooks. Which waffle was the best?