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Revisiting Gatsby’s Greatness

by Caroline Todd Generally, it’s hard for me to pick favorites. If I’m asked, my “favorite” movie or TV show is bound to be the one I’ve seen most recently. Books, though, are easy: hands down, my favorite is F. … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: From Bedtime Stories to Pubs

by Rachel Baker “I hate poetry.” “Why?” “It’s too abstract, I don’t know where to start. I feel like need to read it 100 times before I understand what they’re trying to tell me.” This interaction with my friend got … Continue reading

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Spring Break: Sun, Surf and David Foster Wallace

by Mansie Hough Spring Break is rapidly approaching at W&L, which means that booklovers are hunting for the perfect, easygoing vacation novel. One of the most classic ways to relax in that precious week off for so many is to … Continue reading

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Atwood and Feminism in “Miss July Grows Older”

by Claire Sbardella In in her poem “Miss July Grows Older,” Margaret Atwood explores the process of aging and its impact on sexual attraction. Throughout this poem she comes to the realization that although she regrets the loss of her … Continue reading

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Monticello in Mind

A few years back I grew weary of the themed poetry anthologies, many published by university presses, some fascinating, but others not. Their themes were love or violence, race or place, this or that, but I often closed the covers … Continue reading

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Famous Authors: Does Torture Come with Talent?

by Camille Hunt The literary works of great authors are widely known and generally a bit about their personal lives, but their fates are not usually common knowledge. The brooding, troubled writer stands as a common stereotype, and while in … Continue reading

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Feminism in Fairy Tales: Jeannine Hall Gailey’s Poetic Take on the Metamorphoses and the Brothers Grimm

by Claire Sbardella Jeannine Hall Gailey, in her book of poetry Becoming the Villainess, casts a modern perspective on woman’s role in the Grimm’s fairy tales and in the Metamorphoses. In most fairy tales, women are evil stepmothers, witches, or … Continue reading

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Good Country People: The Perils of Southern Representation

by Caroline Todd If there were some sort of test to determine Southern-ness I would pass with flying colors. My qualifications are almost laughably appropriate: I learned how to drive my dad’s truck in elementary school – in Meriwether County … Continue reading

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So you call yourself a writer…but is it true?

by Meaghan Laetella It’s no easy task to articulate what it means to be a writer. Maybe this isn’t something that you think about often. But for someone like me—a college student who is always turning in essays and short … Continue reading

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Consolation in Keats

by Hendley Badcock A few weeks ago, I got a phone call from my mother. Her voice, strange and strained, carried grave news—our friend had passed away. The charismatic, disarming 25-year-old I had known for most of my life was … Continue reading

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