What exactly makes a story dystopian? Good question.
Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. -F. Scott Fitzgerald.
“Your past is a skeleton walking one step behind you, and your future is a a skeleton walking one step in front of you. Maybe you don't wear a watch, but your skeletons do, and they always know what time it is.” ― Sherman Alexie (Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven)
With the severity of the Native American plight, escapism is a very realistic and practical defense against misery. This is quite evident in Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven. In this novel, Alexie captures an elaborate depiction of reservation life. The characters are terminally suspended in the abyss commonly known... Continue Reading →
“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”- C.S. Lewis
Denis Johnson’s book Jesus’ Son portrays single serving slices of what it means to be alive. According to this provocative collection of short stories, there is more to being alive than simply breathing and eating. This examination is relayed to the reader in terms of altered states of consciousness, jaded recollections and sexual fascinations. In... Continue Reading →
There are times when a poem leaps off the page and flies right into your heart. This is the domain of spoken word poetry. Some of my favorite poems weren't discovered until someone actually read the words aloud (I Am A Sword, Still I Rise, etc.) There is currently a refugee crisis in Southeast Asia... Continue Reading →
Most fiction books fall under a single main genre...right? Are genres created so that readers can find their favorite niches, or so that publishers can target their favorite customers? These are just some of the questions which the Pop Chart Lab hope to address with this SUPER cool literary genre map. It's a fun way... Continue Reading →
"Shall I tell you what sociology teaches us about the human race? I'll give it to you in a nutshell. Show me a man or woman alone and I'll show you a saint. Give me two and they'll fall in love. Give me three and they'll invent the charming thing we call 'society'. Give me... Continue Reading →