‘You failed to recognise that she was the moon while you were chasing the dimly lit stars?’, or something else along those lines. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the metaphor. She was quietly beautiful, she didn’t strike you in an instant way, it wasn’t dazzling or gratuitous, but she was constant. The whole ‘underdog’ […]Read more "The Danger of Easy Symbolism: Picking Apart Tumblr Clichés."
Earlier today I promised myself that if I managed another hour of Spanish revision I could begin reading ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’ as a reward. I’m aware that may be construed as slightly sad but I think I’m obsessed with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie after watching her TED talks. Anyway I invariably got distracted and got […]Read more "Poetry Translation Exercise – Traitorous Generals by Pablo Neruda"
I sincerely hope that by the time I’m in my mid-20s I am able to write an autobiography as amazing as Lena Dunham’s. As a feminist and writer I knew I’d be able to identify with many of the themes present in her book – defining ‘self-respect’, the trials and tribulations of the creative process […]Read more "Lena Dunham Appreciation"
Having just finished Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, I feel that I have to write about his portrayal of mental illness. There are few books that give an accurate representation of mental illnesses, many authors succumb to stereotypes and stigmas which somewhat blackens the characterisation of the sufferers that they have otherwise built up. Murakami never explicitly […]Read more "MURAKAMI ON MENTAL ILLNESS"