Book Review: LaRose

LaRose by Louise Erdrich

LaRose: A Novel by Louise Erdrich (New York: Harper, 2016. 384 pp) Louise Erdrich lives with her family in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore. She is also the bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels for adults, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves and the National Book Award finalist The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. She is also the author of the picture book Grandmother’s Pigeon, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. Woke Context plays an important role in the consumption of art. Outside of one-off art installations or performances, a reaction to any specific art form may transform over the years. NeverEnding Story played differently in my childhood… Read More →

Television Show Review: Mad Men: Season 7.2

Mad Men Season 7.2

Mad Men: Season 7.2 created by Matthew Weiner (Lionsgate Television, Weiner Bros., AMC) Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Kiernan Shipka, and John Slatterly. Becoming Who You Are “To be a saint means to be my true self.” Thomas Merton utters these words in exploration of true meaning in this world. For him, humanity ventures forth as a shadow of its true identity. People wear masks every day, shrouding the real person underneath. Thinking practically, it’s easy to see this example illustrated. When was the last time you entered a job interview and willingly admitted your shortcomings and the deepest hurts and insecurities you might face daily? Or look at social media, how often do… Read More →

Book Review: Paterson

Paterson: Revised Edition by William Carlos Williams, prepared by Christopher MacGowan (New York: New Directions, 1992; originally published from 1946-1958. 320 pp) Born in Rutherford, New Jersey, William Carlos Williams studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. While his primary occupation was a family doctor, William Carlos Williams had a successful secondary career as a poet. Williams won the first National Book Award for Poetry and was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He died in 1963. Questioning Humanity A striking quality of much thought seems to surround the nature of humanity. Who are we? Why do we exist? What does life mean? Poets, lyricists, theologians, philosophers—they’ve all considered these questions from a myriad of angles. But isn’t it fascinating how… Read More →