Cracking a Cold One with the Books

By: Parker Gregory Shpak

Two of my most frequented hobbies are reading books and drinking beer. My favorite hobby, however, is reading books while drinking beer. Herein lies a primer for those of you who have perhaps dabbled in these pastimes, but have not yet mastered them in combination. Beer has as rich a history as literature and is… More Cracking a Cold One with the Books By: Parker Gregory Shpak

Books and Videogames: A Marriage of Two Mediums

By: Autumn Magro

I love videogames more than books – sometimes. It’s not easy to admit that books are not my one bountiful passion in life (because how romantic is that?), and it’s taken me even longer to rationalize the two together. Unlike books, there is a negative connotation with video games. There is a good possibility that… More Books and Videogames: A Marriage of Two Mediums By: Autumn Magro

Ten Books I was Assigned to Read as an Undergrad that Actually Didn’t Suck

By: Amanda McCarthy

It happens every semester. You arrive on the first day of class, sit down, and pour over the list of assigned texts that you will need to trudge through over the coming months. You remember something your tenth grade English teacher said about the classics being important and every time a professor stands in front… More Ten Books I was Assigned to Read as an Undergrad that Actually Didn’t Suck By: Amanda McCarthy

A Poetry Sancocho

By: Gabriela García Sánchez

Sancocho is a stew from Puerto Rico—there are variations of this stew throughout the Caribbean—that dates back to when the Spaniards originally brought African slaves to the island. Since that time, it has been passed down from generation to generation before landing on my table. The integrity of this recipe has been kept intact over all… More A Poetry Sancocho By: Gabriela García Sánchez

How to Read a Book (in Case You Didn’t Know)

By Sabrina O’Brien

People often find that I am the most unconventional of English majors. No, I don’t write a lot; no I don’t read novels in a day; no I don’t like Hemingway (which is a comment that has earned me many looks from my fellow students); if you want a story about the American dream, I’m… More How to Read a Book (in Case You Didn’t Know) By Sabrina O’Brien

What to Read if You Had a Year Left to Live

By: Sydney Lauro

Prognosis: you’ve got twelve months left to live. The good news? If you’re literate, you could easily read a book a month. Therefore, it’s time to give up Grey’s Anatomy and escape Meredith’s constant, cliché, and contrived diatribes about life and actually consume a worthwhile use of the English language. January: Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and… More What to Read if You Had a Year Left to Live By: Sydney Lauro

My Inconsistent Affair with Literature

By: Parker Gregory Shpak

My relationship with literature has been inconsistent at best. As much as I would like to pass myself off as the prodigal son of the modern literati, heralding the return of the writer-artist to the public eye, it would be dishonest to posture as anything resembling that figure. When I was young, however, I was… More My Inconsistent Affair with Literature By: Parker Gregory Shpak