Bad Feminist: Book Review

Feminism is flawed, but it offers, at its best, a way to navigate this shifting cultural climate… Feminism has helped me believe my voice matters, even in this world where there are so many voices demanding to be heard. –Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay Society is moving away from generalizations, and learning to see fluidity, spectrum and multitudes. Intersectionality is a concept that comes from such … Continue reading Bad Feminist: Book Review

Behold the Dreamers: book review

[W]e need to overcome our deeply entrenched positions and resistance to nuance. Roxane Gay in “Bad Feminist”   Our world suffers from a narrative in binaries: the oppressed vs the dominant, the right vs the wrong, the visionary vs the blind, the righteous vs the despicable. The placement of every social group is subject to a rigid dichotomy. Then we assume that we can speak … Continue reading Behold the Dreamers: book review

Literature Class: Book Review

Anyone who doesn’t read Cortázar is doomed. -Pablo Neruda Anyone who is even vaguely interested in writing should read Literature Class by Julio Cortázar, one of the finest writers of Latin America. Literature Class is the transcript of 8 lectures given by Cortázar at UC Berkeley in 1980. In these lectures, he discussed topics such as “a writer’s path” (three stages that he called aesthetic, metaphysical, and … Continue reading Literature Class: Book Review

Call Me by Your Name: book review

In the weeks we’d been thrown together that summer, our lives had scarcely touched, but we had crossed to the other bank, where time stops and heaven reaches down to earth and gives us that ration of what is from birth divinely ours… we had found the stars, you and I. And this is given once only. It’s that funny feeling of powerlessness that always … Continue reading Call Me by Your Name: book review

Turtles All the Way Down: John Green was one turtle away

“Because it’s turtles all the way down,” I said again, feeling something akin to a spiritual revelation. The John Green hype is literally inevitable, so i gladly received a signed copy of Turtles All the Way Down as a birthday present. Aza Holmes is a girl who suffers from anxiety and obsessive thoughts- what she calls “thought spirals”. She is frequently anxious about a wound … Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down: John Green was one turtle away

The Handmaid’s Tale: Book Review

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down. Frankly, I don’t know how to talk about The Handmaid’s Tale, and I don’t think I will be able to form a coherent opinion until I watch the Hulu TV series. I don’t feel adequately equipped to talk about it. It’s not even because of its heightened popularity. It’s that feeling when you discuss … Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale: Book Review

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: Book Review

“The big gay road trip novel set in 18th century Europe you didn’t know you needed” is how author Mackenzi Lee describes her own book The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. But for me, right from the moment I heard about this book, I knew I needed it in my life. It was one of the quirkiest and most fun book I have ever … Continue reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: Book Review

The Upside of Unrequited- review

I’ve had crushes on twenty-six people, twenty-five of whom are not Lin-Manuel Miranda. Becky Albertalli has killed me again. Have you ever read something so relatable, so smart, so hopeful and so sweet that it just leaves a sweet pang in your chest? No you haven’t because you haven’t read The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, the award-winning author of Simon vs The Homosapien … Continue reading The Upside of Unrequited- review

The Night Circus: Realm of Magic, Mystery and… Slight Disappointments

We are such stuff/ As dreams are made on; and our little life/ Is rounded with a sleep. – Prospero, The Tempest, Act IV, Scene I   The Night Circus is the kind of book that I can pick up any time for some well-crafted magical escape, but also put down any time. What I loved about it is the darkly sweet and mesmerizing fantasy … Continue reading The Night Circus: Realm of Magic, Mystery and… Slight Disappointments