The Person Behind the Face: Review of Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’

By Samantha Bertolino The title Batuman chose is emblematic of Dostoevsky’s 19-century novel, in which Knyaz Myshkin’s goodness and simplicity fool others into believing that he lacks intuition and intelligence. In much of the same manner, Batuman’s central character, Selin, appears at times to be kind and uncomplicated, while in fact, she possesses quite a… More The Person Behind the Face: Review of Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’

Why Lang Leav Should Be Your Post Valentine’s Day Read

by Alexandra Cichon

If you spent your Valentine’s Day single and lamenting happy couples, fear not, you may still have a chance at romance. And you may find that hope in Lang Leav, bestselling author of three books of poetry, Memories, Love & Misadventure, and Lullabies. Besides winning the 2014 Goodreads Choice award for her poetry, she is… More Why Lang Leav Should Be Your Post Valentine’s Day Read by Alexandra Cichon

L(RR) is for…

Warning: It’s that time of year. You already know what this post is about. ( Since there’s been love, and language of course, there have been words, infinite words, written about love.  In fact, many would argue that love is one of, if not the, most pervasive topic in literature.  A recent article by Daniel Jones… More L(RR) is for…