In recent months, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my semester abroad and my travel experiences through Instagram (you can follow me here). Most had to do with how I lived abroad for four months (my planning process, etc.) and what I did to get the most out of my experience (finding local things, […]
The Cannabis Craze offers the fundamentals of marijuana use with the hopes that adults and teenagers alike will be able to practice harm reduction and avoid addiction. While it doesn’t present any groundbreaking research or discoveries – nor is it inherently interesting (responsible drug use rarely is) – it does offer simply-stated conclusions about responsible marijuana […]
I’m not one for horror but Stephen King has a way of writing tragedy that is utterly different from other authors. While some pages made my stomach turn, the story was brilliant. Enough predictability to make me feel smart and detective-title-worthy but all the twists and turns necessary to keep me surprised and far from bored.
First, I strongly recommend you read the preface, even if you’re one of those people who usually skips past it assuming there is nothing worthwhile in its words. Before you can truly appreciate Sanghvi’s work, you have to understand the definition of their collective title. From the few lines in the opening, “Ninety Days,” I […]
Kaleidoscope of Colors is not a poetic masterpiece. Cozzi’s poems are not written with the deep introspection or eloquence of [insert favorite poet here] but the collection is heart-warming and moving in its own poeticism. In fact, the works I found most moving weren’t standard poems at all. They were the intermittent stories that he […]
I picked this book up at random and I’m not ashamed to admit that my motivation was solely driven by the word “drugs” and the cut-off picture of Adolf Hitler’s terrible hairstyle. What I found inside was an amazing read. Like many Americans born after 1945, I grew up with a rose-tinted idea of World […]
The novel follows a young boy of immigrants in southwest America. His character is hopelessly naive and simultaneously mature beyond his years. He finds himself partnered with a woman who can only be truly described by her name: Ultima. Her mysticism and wisdom are striking and moving and timelessly enjoyable; the world they live in only reinforces these qualities.
I don’t know if I can put into words the way this memoir affected me. I write this review with small tears rolling towards the edges of my face. Suki Kim is not just a remarkable writer, journalist, and teacher; she’s a remarkable person. I’m still not sure if she was aware of what her […]
The Globalization Paradox reads like a straight-forward, well-written essay on contemporary obstacles to globalization. Rodrik approaches issues of economics and politics in a way that make it easy for the reader to conceptualize their fundamentals and understand their impact on our modern world, particularly the concepts of sovereignty, supranational governance, and democracy. Rodrik certainly has […]
I chose to read The Populist Explosion for a course-required book review. That being said, I may have chosen to read it on my own at some point. Since politics and, specifically, international affairs are my fields of study, I genuinely enjoy deepening my knowledge through books that pertain to them. The Populist Explosion is one of the […]