Author Spotlight: China Miéville

Author Spotlight: China Miéville Fall 2017   “‘I don’t want to be a simile anymore,’ I said. ‘I want to be a metaphor.’” –Embassytown   I like to keep my books organized. I have a shelf for fiction, for nonfiction, for drama, for poetry, for short fiction, and for graphic novels. But there’s one shelf … [Read More]

Hey Girl, I Heard You Like Books With “Girl” in the Title: Reflecting on Five Years of Gone Girl

This essay contains spoilers for Gone Girl. Gone Girl came into the world on May 24th, 2012, and the five years since its publication have seen a seismic shift in literature as authors and publishers scrambled to create “the next Gone Girl.” The influence of Gillian Flynn’s novel can be seen not just in the … [Read More]

“The Beach” by Alex Garland

The Beach By Alex Garland While reading The Beach, the emotion I felt most frequently was anger. Not because the book was bad—quite the opposite. I felt angry because this book is really good, and it seems to have been collectively forgotten by the literary world despite critical acclaim and commercial success upon its release … [Read More]