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Orwell’s Reminders of Absurdities

By Elyse Ferris Contemporary political discourse has caused a surge in sales of George Orwell’s groundbreaking dystopian novel 1984. Remembering Big Brother’s brainwashing methods and ‘newspeak,’ Orwell readers connected aspects of the book to Kellyanne Conway’s comments about “alternative facts” … Continue reading

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Here’s to the Love of Books: Pursuing Publishing

by Laurel Myers I love books. This phrase is typical of an English major—so hello, that’s me, guilty as charged. I learned to read when I was three and have always lived within a block of the public library in … Continue reading

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Judging a Book by its (Gendered) Cover

By Virginia Kettles In 2013, the New York Times bestselling author Deborah Copaken wrote an essay about her experiences watching her books be “girlified” for publishing. In the essay, Copaken spoke about the publication of her first book, a memoir … Continue reading

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An Apology for Literature

An Apology for Literature by Arlette Hernandez I’m the first to admit that I’ve never been a fan of the early modern period. All throughout high school, I dreaded reading Shakespeare. My first English class in college, a seminar on … Continue reading

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Kathie Odom’s “Sabbath”

by Laura Calhoun I first discovered Kathie Odom’s work on Cabell Gallery’s website.  Shenandoah was looking for art to feature in our spring issue at the time, so I brought Odom’s website to the attention of our editor, R.T. Smith.  … Continue reading

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Defining Poetry: Anne Sexton’s “Transformations”

by Laurel Myers I must admit before getting into this essay that I had never read a full book of poetry before university. Like my fellow classmate, Hannah Denham, I picked up Leaves of Grass with the intention to read … Continue reading

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