Howl Against Society

  Nowadays subcultures aren’t as exclusive as they used to be. What I mean by this is that everybody is connected through the internet and through that, subcultures borrow from others. Music, clothing and style, among others, are easily borrowed because influences are readily available through the internet, which makes it easier for people toContinue reading “Howl Against Society”

If William Shakespeare Got Feedback from Some Guy at a Creative Writing Workshop

  A few weeks ago I came across a great Buzzfeed post from Shannon Reed called “If Jane Austen got feedback from some guy in a writing workshop”, which I genuinely loved. So in honour of the 400th anniversary of his death, I decided to write my own version featuring the paragon of English literature,Continue reading “If William Shakespeare Got Feedback from Some Guy at a Creative Writing Workshop”

Behind the Classic 3: Marital Intimacy and Women’s Rights in Jude the Obscure

This instalment of the Behind the Classic series looks at the women’s rights movement of the nineteenth century that forms the political backdrop of Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure. More specifically, it will discuss the issue of sex – or, to speak in more appropriate, Victorian terms – “conjugal rights” and a woman’s right toContinue reading “Behind the Classic 3: Marital Intimacy and Women’s Rights in Jude the Obscure”

Pulp Fiction: I Read Crap and I Struggle with Literature. Shoot Me.

Forgive me, Dante, for I am a sinner. I confess. Do not judge me too harshly, oh Joyce, Tolstoy, Waugh, Saramago, and other greats that collect my dust instead of my readership. I mean well. I feel genuine pleasure and admiration when I muster the will and energy to read your famous words, but thatContinue reading “Pulp Fiction: I Read Crap and I Struggle with Literature. Shoot Me.”

Love, Identity and Shakespeare: Solomon vs. the Foggers and Facilitators

  We consider several different scenarios: in bed together, you eat chocolate, you feel happy and guilty, you eat more chocolate there is a deadline for a Valentine’s Day piece, but the market for articles about the fetishization of love is ironically oversaturated, and you panic to find another perspective

Behind the Classic 2: The Madwoman in the Attic – A Postcolonial Reading of Jane Eyre

In the ‘Behind the Classic’ series, editor-in-chief Roselinde takes you on a trip to well-known novels and their less well-known backstories. In this second instalment, she takes you through a postcolonial reading of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

Behind the Classic: Charles Dickens and the Politics of Christmas

In the new ‘Behind the Classic’ series, editor-in-chief Roselinde takes you on a trip to well-known novels and their less well-known backstories. In this first, seasonally appropriate instalment, she explores the political backdrop of the most famous Christmas story of all: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

The Power of Ordinary People: An Interview with Patrick Ness

  A few weeks ago, the American Book Center here in Amsterdam organized a Skype interview with Patrick Ness, award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and the soon-to-be-filmed A Monster Calls. The interview, which took place at the ABC Treehouse, mostly focused on Ness’s latest release, The Rest of Us Just Live Here –Continue reading “The Power of Ordinary People: An Interview with Patrick Ness”

Purple It Was

Purple It Was a short story by C. G. Huff   2 days before. “OK, Mr. Rogers, explain to this bunny how we take Barney out,” Elsje said, sniffing her celery before nibbling on it. “It’s really not all that convoluted,” Mr. Rogers replied, passing her the peanut butter. “Basically, the purple pariah has aContinue reading “Purple It Was”

End of the Watch

A discussion of Harper Lee’s long-expected second novel Go Set a Watchman When 31-year-old Harper Lee first entered the office of publishing house J. B. Lippincott & Co., neither she, nor her editor could have expected her manuscript to become the global phenomenon it has become. The manuscript, titled Atticus, fell into the hands ofContinue reading “End of the Watch”