Literature · Novels and Novellas

11 Great Young Adult Books

I love reading books from all age groups. Children's, teen, adult and anything in between. Here's a list of some of my favorite teen/YA books. Some of these have been my favorites for a long time, while others are more recent reads that managed to have a big impact on me. Not in any particular… Continue reading 11 Great Young Adult Books

Literature · Poetry

A Married State by Katherine Philips (Poetry Analysis)

Since Katherine Philips was married it seems she's qualified to warn people that it might not be all it's cracked up to be. But the right message to take away from the poem is that a person should only get married if they actually want to. Not because of outside pressure (a big reason, why… Continue reading A Married State by Katherine Philips (Poetry Analysis)

Literature · Poetry

The Poetess’s Hasty Resolution by Margaret Cavendish (Poetry Analysis)

Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673) Cavendish's poem rings a great truth for every aspiring writer. Most wish to receive praise for their work – “I writ so fast, I thought if I lived long, / A pyramid of fame to build thereon.” Yes, this is what most writers want and that is to be remembered and appreciated… Continue reading The Poetess’s Hasty Resolution by Margaret Cavendish (Poetry Analysis)


Medieval Selfies

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Self-portraits of medieval book artisans are as exciting as they are rare. In the age before the modern camera there were limited means to show others what you looked like. In the very late medieval period, when the Renaissance spirit was already felt in the air, some painters made self-portraits or included themselves in paintings commissioned by others. Stunningly, the medieval painter Jan van Eyck showed himself in the portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his fiance: he is staring at you from the mirror that is hanging behind the couple. For those who still didn’t get it, he painted above it Johannes de eyck fuit hic, Jan van Eyck was here” (Fig. 1, more here). He added the date 1434 to the picture, making it a particularly early selfie.

Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini and his fiance, 1434 (right) and mirror detail (left) Fig. 1 – Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini and fiance (right)  and mirror detail (left)

As far as producers of books is concerned, there were only two kinds…

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Literature · Novels and Novellas

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser: An Analysis

A young woman named Caroline Meeber (Carrie) moves to Chicago where she first lives the working class life. She continuously yearns for material things and more high class living. She is soon involved with two wealthy men and later becomes an actress. “With her sister she was much alone, a lone figure in a tossing,thoughtless… Continue reading Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser: An Analysis


“As Gay as Old Dad’s Hatband”: The 5 Kinds of Gay and Bisexual Characters in Stephen King’s Writings

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Horror Novel Reviews

doctorsleeppromoWritten by Lois Kennedy

Gay characters don’t take up a lot of room in Stephen King’s many books, but they are notable in their depictions, which can be negative and stereotypical, or positive…and stereotypical.  They can be quantified into five types: the Mannish Lesbian, the Trauma Victim, the Weakling, the Predator, and the Well-Adjusted. What follows is a documentation of every queer character from King’s bibliography, spanning the breadth of novels, short stories, teleplays, and screenplays.

Note: I decided not to include characters who were suspected of being gay but were not definitively proven to be, such as Douglas Posey from Rose Red, who is described by “family legend” as having a “thing for cowboys,” or a pair of barflies in The Dead Zone who are characterized by the sour bartender who is angry at them as “diesel dykes.” I am also not including male characters who prey on…

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Artemisia Gentileschi: Artist Exploration

Quick Facts: Born: 1593 Died: 1652-56 (different sources claim different years) Style: Italian Baroque Frequent Subjects: Women in the bible Notable works: Susanna and the Elders, Judith Slaying Holofernes -Began Painting as a teenager. -Daughter of famous painter, Orazio Gentileschi. -Artemisia was raped by fellow artist, Agnostino Tassi, who worked with her father. There was… Continue reading Artemisia Gentileschi: Artist Exploration

Literature · Poetry

The Poor Singing Dame by Mary Robinson (Poetry Analysis)

“The poor little hovel was still and secure And no robbers e'er enter'd nor goblin nor fairy For the splendors of pride had no charms to allure” The dame of the poem lives happily and just sings. The description of her home brings to mind a small, cozy place – like a slightly worn down… Continue reading The Poor Singing Dame by Mary Robinson (Poetry Analysis)