Throwback Diary is essentially me reading my past 25 years of diaries aloud, to strangers, over the Internet. Each Monday I post a new video entry, along with photos of the pages I am reading, and any other supplemental materials I have available. I call it Throwback Diary: The Story of a Life, Told One Diary Entry a Week.
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.
Marina Abramović is a performance artist who has devoted her entire life to her art, and who has gone from being seen as an insane, marginal performer to achieving worldwide fame. She is a charmer and an intellectual, who likes to laugh and cook and be surrounded by creative people.
We all have a David Bowie story. The “Man who fell to earth” crashed into my life one afternoon in 1997—I was seven years old. As is always the case in stories involving Bowie, this sentence ends with: and life would never be the same again.
At the end of this inaugural year, we are young and inexperienced as ever, humbled by the amount of talent around us, and excited for the future. This year has taught us a lot, and I would like to share these experiences with you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why do we desperately hold on to the possibility of solitary escape? by Marie Baleo From Walden to Wild: the irresistible appeal of “outdoor literature” Often regarded as the central piece in a genre that has come to be known as outdoor literature, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden recounts the two years the author spent in …