The Stranger, by Albert Camus

I've broken my streak of giving up on French classics! This was a short, and somewhat disturbing read. The story opens with the character, Meursault, stating that his mother has died, though he's not exactly sure when, and then describes her funeral. We soon find that the Meursault does not seem to have any emotional connection to …

my mother is a fish, or, As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

Why have I never read Faulkner before? This was a great story of a terrible family full of selfish people, told in many different voices from at least a dozen points of view. Faulkner claims that he wrote the novel from midnight to 4:00 AM over the course of six weeks and that he did …

The Great Gatsby. Still not sure if I read it.

Well, now I've finished it, but I still feel like I haven't. I had a terrible time trying to pay attention to this one, but I think that was mostly the fault of the narrator. Jake Gyllenhaal (in a trend of having famous actors read classics) gives a dull, monotone reading that would put you …

Mass shooting in [city], [number] dead

It is the deadliest shooting in US history, until next month. Are the American people okay with this? Each week and month and year that goes by with nothing being done tells me that most are. Imagine a world in which you can buy a tank at your local car dealership. Imagine in this world, …

Is Irony dead?

Irony is not something easily sensed by everyone. Sarcasm can be immediately detected by tone, but irony is often meant to sound exactly like the opinion given. One might say a stupid opinion with a straight face, and expect it to be known that they are being ironic, because they couldn't possibly be so stupid. …

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