Celebrating the Classics: A Dead Author Blog Tour? (An Idea)

Yeay! My guest post on reviewing the classics is up on the Book Bloggers Appreciation Week site!

I wrote it in response to Amy’s query on Twitter for what parts of book blogging are underrepresented. I said without hesitation, “Classics,” and I’ve been pondering that thought ever since. (This post is, therefore, rather long.)Continue Reading

Rebecca’s BBAW Winners


Happy Book Blogger Appreciation Week: it’s finally begun! I’m so excited to find new blog and to celebrate the old favorites.

To start the week, here are some of my favorite blogs that have not yet been noted via BBAW. I tried to “limit” it to just ten out of the plethora in my reader, but I ended up with eleven, and I don’t want to take any of these off the list. These bloggers all celebrate books in their own way. I love the diversity of blogging, and I appreciate all of you.Continue Reading

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

I thought I understood satire when I read Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” But reading Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels solidified the meaning of satire for me. The two works seemed to illustrate the difference between telling and showing. Reading “A Modest Proposal” was like reading a textbook example of satire, while experiencing the nuances and humor of Lemuel Gulliver’s story was instead an immersion in fluency. “A Modest Proposal” seemed to be an historical commentary, while Gulliver’s story was a more universal commentary on human nature.

Of course, the two Swift works are different genres, so comparing them is probably not fair: it’s like comparing apples to zucchini. “A Modest Proposal” is an essay, and Gulliver’s Travels is a full-length novel. “A Modest Proposal” was, I believe, written in response to a certain political situation and thus was intentionally political. Gulliver’s Travels is primarily a story, and thus is a more universal criticism of human nature. Yet, even the word “criticism” seems wrong when I consider this novel: Lemuel Gulliver’s cynicism is amusing and yet still highly relevant. It was neither an easy nor a challenging read, and it’s surprisingly accessible tone, amusing anecdotes, and pertinent commentary made it a completely satisfying read.Continue Reading

My Life, According to Literature

I’m working on my review of Gulliver’s Travels (which I finished reading weeks ago) and I have about three other reviews to work on too, not to mention all my BBAW posts that I’d like to have pre-scheduled for next week.

Instead of being productive, I’m writing my life according to literature: version 2009. Continue Reading