I’m Back: Here’s Why I Was Gone

Hello, it’s me. I apologize; I know you’ve been wondering where I’ve been for the last two months. I can see it now, you opening up the website every day, staring at your screen with dismay, a single tear rolling down your face at the realization that I’d stopped posting on one of my worst reviews. Don’t worry dear reader, I’ve seen your 1 view every other week, and it warmed my heart. I realize my mistake, and you can expect more Gatsby and Tiger Mother-level reviews in the future. I have a very good reason for being gone, and it’s one that is worth retelling. Continue reading “I’m Back: Here’s Why I Was Gone”

Need to Sound Smart at Parties? Try Candide!

We’ve all been in the situation before; you’re making small talk with someone at a party and all of a sudden they begin to bring up all of their ridiculously impressive accomplishments. A shiver of self-consciousness runs down your spine, I never went on a mission trip to Africa! I never raised money to save starving children in third world countries!

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Shakespeare Shmakespeare: Rough and Ready

Within the last 1,000 years, we’ve been lucky to have gone through several Renaissances. The Medieval Renaissance lasted from the 14th to 16th centuries and brought with it huge strides in art and literature. A similarly huge transition happened in Shakespeare’s England, in which some of the world’s greatest writers gathered together to produce stories that have lasted ‘til this day. Continue reading “Shakespeare Shmakespeare: Rough and Ready”

[Breaking] Miyazaki Upstaged by Author of Harry Potter

For the first time in Tomestone history, we will be breaking a story of national importance. Internationally renowned director of films such as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro Hayao Miyazaki announced that he will come out of retirement to direct one final film. In an attempt to refocus public attention on herself, the likewise famous JK Rowling announced recent plans to also feign retirement and “come back” in a couple years.

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Drag Queens RuVealed Throughout Literary History

Over the years, authors have used writing books to address racism, sexism, LGBT issues, and many others through fiction. One of these counter-cultural ideas is drag and drag queens, an area surprisingly prevalent in works of the past. With my new honorary PhD in Old Books, I will be looking at some of the characters throughout literature who were secretly drag queens in disguise, along with some Ru Paul’s Drag Race contestants who share many traits with their literary ancestors. Continue reading “Drag Queens RuVealed Throughout Literary History”

F. Scott Fitzgenius: The Great Gatsby

No book, fiction or otherwise, has ever contributed as much to history as The Great Gatsby. Published in 1925, Fitzgerald’s masterpiece famous predicted the Great Depression four years before it devastated the entire country. Throughout Gatsby, countless seemingly minuscule plot points indicate this impending financial crash. Trained at Princeton in the economics of art (minus the econ) and cut from the football team at its first practice, Fitzgerald serves as the perfect guide to the future American struggles.

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7 More Worthy Candidates for the Nobel Literature Prize

Bob Dylan shocked the world this week by being awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature. Merriam Webster defines literature as “written works (such as poems, plays, and novels) that are considered to be very good and to have lasting importance,” and Dylan’s achievement signifies the beginning of a new operative meaning in which anything written down on anything at any time is considered literature.

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