In The Hand of Tamora Pierce
Books / Culture & Art / Society

In The Hand of Tamora Pierce

This is a thank-you, about 8 years delayed, to Tamora Pierce. It is also a re-visiting (for the sake of nostalgia and, hopefully, some gained wisdom) of the influence her books had on my childhood and on the woman that I have become. And in the end, it is me coming to terms with the insidious cultural narratives that creep their way into even our most cherished childhood literature. Continue reading

The Islamic State is Erasing History
Culture & Art / Politics / World News

The Islamic State is Erasing History

In May 2015, news broke that ISIS had gained control of Tadmor, a small desert town perhaps better known as Palmyra, the home of the Middle East’s most beautiful historical sites. While the unsurprising fate of Tadmor’s inhabitants at the hands of Daesh did not cause much of an outcry in the West, the capture of Palmyra ignited fears over what lay ahead for the invaluable 2,000-year-old ruins. Continue reading

Writing Beyond the “Feminine Note”: Virginia Woolf on Women and Fiction
Books / Culture & Art / Feminism

Writing Beyond the “Feminine Note”: Virginia Woolf on Women and Fiction

Addressing the topic “women and fiction” in her essay entitled A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf often seems to go off on a tangent, using different writing styles and delaying her point into her ‘stream of consciousness’. In a sense, one could say that she tries to fathom the subject through a writing experience that reaches beyond the intellectual grasp of the issue. Continue reading

Do Ghosts Really Exist?
Culture & Art / Religion / Society

Do Ghosts Really Exist?

Since the ghost is, according to the general definition, the apparition of a dead person (or animal) into the world of the living, the beliefs and practices linked to ghosts and spirits are oftentimes connected with rituals paying respect to ancestors: the rites, in this case, come as a way of ensuring that the soul or spirit of the dead should remain in peace instead of restlessly haunting the living world. Continue reading

“Southern Trees Bear Strange Fruit”
Culture & Art / Music / Society

“Southern Trees Bear Strange Fruit”

Eleanor Fagan, best known as Billie Holiday, was one of the most prominent jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Among her most outstanding works is the song “Strange Fruit”, which took Billie Holiday from the realm of love songs and lighter entertainment to the status of symbol of political involvement in the civil rights movement. “Strange Fruit”, written and performed at the end of the 1930s, rose to fame in a context where the Civil Rights movement had yet to take off. Continue reading