Haunted by Humans: A Review of The Book Thief

  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Knopf Books for Young Readers March 14, 2006 550 pages “Here’s a small fact – you are going to die.” That’s how Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief (2006) starts. With this line, Zusak immediately sets the tone for the rest of the novel, a grim story set inContinue reading “Haunted by Humans: A Review of The Book Thief”

From Sound to Screen – How Good Music Videos Can Be

  Music videos can be works of art in and of themselves. They are a director’s interpretation of a piece of music, and depending on the kind of song he or she is working with and their own creative capability, that visual rendering can lead to some fascinating results. A good music video can giveContinue reading “From Sound to Screen – How Good Music Videos Can Be”

It’s Not the End of the World – The Sublime On a Small Scale

How does one track down the sublime? It is not moldy lemons that I am referring to here (haha do you get it??) (sorry), but that feeling of your organs permeating through your skin, of your stomach turning into an abyss and swallowing the rest of you up whole. I remember a few years agoContinue reading “It’s Not the End of the World – The Sublime On a Small Scale”

Highlander – There Is Only One

Everyone has fond memories of a lot of films from their childhood that raise those films above and beyond everything they see afterwards. For many, those films are products from the masterminds at Disney, or the work of directors like Spielberg. Then there are the more obscure titles that just happened to be in theContinue reading “Highlander – There Is Only One”

Hozier – Hozier: A Review

I was rather late to join the Hozier bandwagon. So late, in fact, that when I recently sang Take Me To Church at the top of my lungs, my 11-year-old sister was baffled I even knew the song. (Is my pop culture knowledge now, at the tender age of 19, inferior to that of anContinue reading “Hozier – Hozier: A Review”

Samba

During the Christmas holidays I went to see Samba with a friend of mine. A French film; we felt so cultured. I mostly went to get my money’s worth out of my Pathé Unlimited pass, if I’m completely honest. I hadn’t spent much time at the cinema; the Philosophy of Science exams had kept meContinue reading “Samba”

Passionately Curious – An Interstaller Investigation

  As you may well know by now, I’m a huge fan of the natural sciences. Usually, I use the space allotted to me here to try and explain some interesting bit of science in more simple terms, so that those of us who aren’t as big on the giant formulas and heavy textbooks canContinue reading “Passionately Curious – An Interstaller Investigation”

Baguettes and Bestsellers: English Bookshops in Paris

Like Tessel and Isabel, who wrote about the bookstores of Gent and Amsterdam, I love exploring bookstores when I visit a city. A little over a year ago, I visited Paris for the second time and made it my mission to visit as many bookstores as I possibly could (much to the annoyance of myContinue reading “Baguettes and Bestsellers: English Bookshops in Paris”

Ode to the mixtape: a review of Eleanor & Park

It starts with a bus ride and a begrudgingly shared seat. Eleanor is the new kid, slightly overweight with unruly red curls who wears hand-me-down clothes, and who is therefore an easy target for bullying. She comes from a family of poverty and a home with an abusive stepfather. Park is the complete opposite. HeContinue reading “Ode to the mixtape: a review of Eleanor & Park”

Less Is More

We have all felt the initial pang of sadness when we discover one of our favorite shows’ lifespan is shortened to less seasons than you might have liked to watch. I had such an experience with the two shows Freaks and Geeks and Firefly. Each of these was only given one season—and for both ofContinue reading “Less Is More”