Category: American Lit

Justice Shiva Ram Murthy by Rishi Reddi

Rishi Reddi’s “Justice Shiva Ram Murthy” is an interesting and insightful short story about the struggles displaced immigrants may face in big-city America. The author successfully applies techniques such as setting, characterization, and point of view to explain the main character’s motivation and to…

“Joansing” for Didion

While Halloween has always held a coveted spot in my heart and imagination, the truth is, I used to get almost as excited for the 4thof July. It was like the summertime version of my favorite autumn day, where the rules were bent and…

Thoughts: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 For a long time, Scout (Jean Louise) Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird reminded me of Huckleberry Finn. Just a kid from the American south, smart but crass, and willing to…

Thoughts: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 46 Harper Lee’s noted –and only- work, To Kill a Mockingbird, has become a classic piece of literature and a staple of American culture and southern history.  The narrator and…

Friday’s Featured Beat: Jack Kerouac!

  Name: Jack Kerouac Born:   March 12, 1922 (Lowell, MA) Died:   October 21, 1969 (St. Petersburg, FL) Seminal Work:  On the Road Relationship to The Beat Generation: Jack Kerouac, with Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, founded The Beat Generation in 1940s…

Thoughts: Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven by Mark Twain

  Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven by Mark Twain Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 37 Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven is a satire of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward’s The Gates Ajar, which was published in 1868 and became…

The Beats of Summer: A Reading Event! (Sign-Up Post)

Welcome to the sign-up post for: The Beats of Summer: A Reading Event! Summertime is coming, and what better time than Summer to immerse ourselves in the works of the most rebellious, daring, and “hot” generation of American writers?? For this event, the goal…

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