Tag: Books

Unshelved: Color Me Impressed

Unshelved: Color Me Impressed

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12/06/2018

This piece discusses sexual violence, domestic violence, and incest. I bought Alice Walker’s The Color Purple at the Strand Bookstore in New York City last summer on a first date. The novel tells the story of Celie and Nettie, two sisters separated by a literal and figurative ocean, who use letters to preserve the tenuous…

“I cannot live without books”: The 2015 National Book Festival

“I cannot live without books”: The 2015 National Book Festival

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09/07/2015

At first glance, the 15th annual National Book Festival looks like any other convention. It’s filled with confused attendees, stealing quick glances between their Walter E. Washington Convention Center maps and signs hanging over entryways throughout the building. Everyone is moving about, ducking in and out of suites and conference rooms, in which there are…

Under the Covers: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Under the Covers: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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09/10/2014

This column originally appeared in The Georgetown Voice. It can be found on the main site, here.  When we look at our lives in hindsight, we tend to see the events as having fallen into place, like puzzle pieces naturally forming their way into the bigger picture—except that’s not how puzzles work. Puzzles take time, effort,…

b/c  is pure magic

b/c  is pure magic

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04/06/2014

“Because I want, if nothing else, for you to understand how much we love.” We all have ambition that drives us. We make the choices that end up shaping our experience. And it seems that in the end the telltale question, the indicator that decides for us whether or not we made the right choices…

The Art of the Sentence

The Art of the Sentence

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03/30/2014

How much weight can a single sentence have? Is there a formula or method for writing powerful sentences? Sentence (n.): A set of words that is complete in itself…conveying a statement, question, exclamation, or command. That definition takes care of the essentials, but how do you define an exceptional sentence?  I can’t give you a…

The novel thing about movies

The novel thing about movies

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03/29/2014

For about as long as there have been movies, people have been making books into movies. The urge makes sense, as many of humanity’s greatest stories had already been written down by the time motion pictures had emerged. Even today’s bestsellers, like The Hunger Games trilogy or Gone Girl, are being adapted into films. Because…

Ivan Brunetti’s memoir draws on depression

Ivan Brunetti’s memoir draws on depression

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03/23/2014

I’m going to ease myself into this book column with a picture book—a grown-up picture book that hints at all the disillusionment and exhaustion characteristic of actual adult life. (As you can tell, I’m really looking forward to graduation.) Aesthetics: A Memoir by the renowned Ivan Brunetti uses eclectic Brunetti original artworks and brief descriptions…

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