And I’m back again to scream into the internet void, as I encounter more Twitter threads which vaguely irritate me. Today’s topic: the way in which formal education is blamed for the death of teenagers’ love for literature. I see this yo-yoed across the internet, with teenagers blaming boring teachers, boring books and boring exams… Read More it was lit: formal education growing a love for literature
As an avid reader of The Classics, as they are somewhat threateningly labelled, I have lots of issues with the stereotype that they are boring, difficult and therefore perhaps only read by the pretentious type of person. Whilst I acknowledge that Ulysses is a bloody beast, and I would still rather ram toothpicks up my nose than… Read More why labelling classics as Boring is ultimately detrimental
There’s not a lot that will put me off of a book, apart from those indelible ‘Richard and Judy’s Book Club’ stickers. But if I see another book proudly heralding a ‘strong female protagonist’, I’m going to continue yelling into the internet void until somebody takes notice. I confess that I am guilty of using… Read More why I hate ‘Strong Female Characters’
Bookstagram. Lovely idea, giving publishing houses lots of free publicity whilst taking satisfying bookish pictures. Lovely. Or not, if you’re like me and are shit at taking photos. I feel like having a bookstagram is a prerequisite for having a book blog; the former seems more accessible, more popular, easier to do. But I’ve still not had… Read More How do the bookstagrammers do it?
W.H. Auden is great for heartbreak. Pathetic, I know – I am too acutely aware of my own cynicism, my own failures. I should have listened to the Love Through the Ages AQA poetry anthology more. True love doesn’t exist, but boys who really know how to fuck up do. And that’s enough insight into my personal life, because I’m… Read More crying? W.H. Auden.
The literary world has been in uproar – at least, the little corner of it that I monitor – concerning the controversial decision to at first remove, and then only allow reading with parental permission, To Kill a Mockingbird from a Mississippi school curriculum. Nice one, America! Great choices being made this year! I’m a lover of To… Read More Silencing the Mockingbird?
17 days since my last post. Big number! Big number! Two big! During that time, I’ve written a first draft of a play *drops mic*, survived on coffee and instant noodles, and only read one book. I should have been writing essays, learning Spanish, and reading books relevant to my A-Levels, but it’s okay because… Read More 17 Days (but also angry)