What strange dialogue

I started listening to For Whom the Bell Tolls recently, and am wondering why everyone is so enamored with Hemingway. The story so far is engaging and well told, but it seems so... prosaic... which is not what I expected from one so universally praised. I'll give it time though, it is drawing me in. …

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

This is the first experience I can remember of being really impacted by a short story. I read it in high-school, at 15 or 16 years old, and have remembered it ever since. The story tells of a man about to be executed by hanging, from the aforementioned bridge. When he is pushed off, however, …

Kindred: disturbing, embarrassing, eye opening

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler follows Dana, a black novelist who lives in California, 1978, and is unwillingly transported back to a pre-Civil War Maryland Plantation. This brief synopsis is already probably enough to make you squirm. I was unsure what I was in for going into this, but I'm glad I read it. The brutality …