A Letter to the Books I own, but Haven’t Read

Dear Loyal Shelf-Dwellers, You know the spiel. It’s always the same, and it doesn’t get any more believable as the years go by. I’m sure it’s pretty easy to lose hope up there, waiting for the sunlight to pass over you each day as the dust collects. But I’m writing to assure you that I …

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Sherlock Holmes: The Victorian Detective

Nearly everyone who has ever consumed any form of media has been exposed to the two beloved brainchildren of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The original dynamic duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson is one of the most popular fictional conceptions in the history of literature. To understand the success of these treasured stories, …

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Playing by the Numbers: Readers Begin to View Reading Goals in a Negative Light

In 2016, I set a GoodReads reading goal of 60 books. In 2017, I thought 52 would be more reasonable. This year I chose 12. For those who are unaware of the annual reading challenge I’m referring to, the social media platform “GoodReads” allows its users to participate in an online reading challenge every year. …

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The Magic of Shirley Jackson

You’ve probably all read “The Lottery”—you know, the short story about the eerie small town whose custom is an annual lottery in which one unlucky person gets stoned to death by their neighbors? It’s creepy, right? That story, believe it or not, is by the incomparable Shirley Jackson. Sadly though, it’s really the only work …

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Spiraling Through “Turtles All the Way Down”

“The first time I realized I might be fictional,” these are the first words of John Green’s new novel Turtles All the Way Down. These words ring true, as Azel is, in fact, fictional. What is special about this novel is that her experiences are not so fictional for some readers. Azel suffers from OCD, …

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Thoughts From a Four Time NaNoWriMo Failure

For many college students, I think, November is a particularly wretched month: walks across campus in cold drizzle, flus and watery eyes, cumulative exams and weighty group projects, and, if you’re like me, you’ve probably used up all of your excused absences and have created a situation in which you need to ace all of …

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Michigan State Lecture Series: Ta-Nehisi Coates

By Katherine Stark On April 3, Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke at Michigan State. Coates is a renowned journalist, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, and an author. He’s written two books, Between the World and Me, and The Beautiful Struggle, and most recently, he’s been writing comics for the Marvel superhero Black Panther. His writing most …

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