Book List For Young Readers: Nurturing Literacy In Our Youth

I had a tentative relationship with reading as a middle school and high school boy. I loved it. It was my favorite hobby, a task where I did not need to be physically active or socially adept- admittedly not a great reason to recede into a book, but a common one nonetheless. But loving anContinue reading “Book List For Young Readers: Nurturing Literacy In Our Youth”

Captain Beatty’s Style Of Governance: Suggesting To The Highly Suggestible [Fahrenheit 451]

If you have been following along with this three-part series about reading and literacy as reflected by dystopian novels, we have already established a couple points. I recommend you go back and read those posts (here and here).  But if you want the TL/DR, I established that Orwell and 1984, although the go-to expression of ourContinue reading “Captain Beatty’s Style Of Governance: Suggesting To The Highly Suggestible [Fahrenheit 451]”

The Choice: Shakespeare Or Soma [A Brave New World]

In part 1 of this three-part series, I addressed how 1984, the defacto king of predicting our dystopian present, may fall short of the mark when assessing the reasons for our current state of ignorance and political control.  You can read that post here, but the TL/DR is that 1984 argues a top-down governmental overhaul, of what weContinue reading “The Choice: Shakespeare Or Soma [A Brave New World]”

Are We Living In An Orwellian State? [1984]

This post is the first of a three-part series about dystopian novels and our illiterate present. There is an interesting subset of fiction, starting in the 30s, predicting dystopian futures where books will no longer be read, and people will be dumb and susceptible to every suggestion by their government and vice of society. ThatContinue reading “Are We Living In An Orwellian State? [1984]”

Cli-Fi Literature [The Ministry For The Future by Kim Stanley Robinson]

So I read my first cli-fi novel, and I’m pretty stoked to be able to say that. It is not too often that a longtime dedicated reader gets introduced to a new genre, or sub-genre I guess, of literature. But here I sit, having just read The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson, and IContinue reading “Cli-Fi Literature [The Ministry For The Future by Kim Stanley Robinson]”

End Of Year Media Round-Up [2020]

2020 is coming to an end, and with it, my first year of blogging. I compiled a list of my favorite movies, books, and TV shows that I consumed this year. This is a list of the top (10 or 5) media I discovered this year, which means they may have been released a longContinue reading “End Of Year Media Round-Up [2020]”

Shadow Tongue: A Pseudo-Language [The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth]

The Wake should be in every classroom in America, not read in every classroom in America, but at least sitting on the shelf. Then, when kids complain about having to read “Old English” with a copy of Othello open before them, the teacher can be all sly and grab The Wake and be like, “I’ll make you a deal.” As they waggleContinue reading “Shadow Tongue: A Pseudo-Language [The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth]”

Nonfiction Authors Worth Reading

I have a love/hate relationship with nonfiction. I love reading nonfiction, but I have a serious problem with the values of nonfiction and the way it is written. This may be because of my tastes and interests (I am not a memoir, biography, or history buff- I’m more of a journalistic nonfiction guy), but IContinue reading “Nonfiction Authors Worth Reading”

Books About Writing

I love stories and movies and shows and books, and they were a motivating factor in starting this blog. But my main inspiration for blogging was to be able to have a platform to consistently write, to try new styles and voices, to practice selecting the right word and forming the right structure, in short,Continue reading “Books About Writing”

The 2000 And 2020 Presidential Election [Recount][Too Close To Call]

Over the weekend, the long awaited 2020 election decision was made, most of the ballots were counted, and Joe Biden was declared the 46th President of the United States. However, the declaration will not go uncontested. President Trump has promised litigation up the wazoo in order to combat the decision based on allegations that… well itContinue reading “The 2000 And 2020 Presidential Election [Recount][Too Close To Call]”