Archives for July 2012

Woman Gone ‘Wild’: Cheryl Strayed Traveling Solo

By Amanda Festa  In her memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed hikes 1,100 […]

The House And The Horrors Of Horacio Quiroga

By Antony Mapes In small town San Ignacio, the population seems to be permanently on siesta. There’s one cash machine, […]

Literary Fiction 101: A DIY Syllabus for Fall 2012

by Amanda Festa For students of all ages, fall brings the start of a new semester and, along with it, […]

Bring It To The Beach: Oryx and Crake

by Katy Kelleher Even though I don’t like to call books “beach reads,” I do understand the appeal of the […]

A Farewell to Average Travel: Would you stay at a Hemingway Hotel?

by Amanda Festa There is no shortage of unique options when it comes to choosing travel accommodations.  There are hotels […]

Rediscovering Sir Philip Sidney at Penshurst Place

by Ann-Maureen Owens These days it is possible to earn an undergraduate degree in English Literature without learning anything about […]

Beat the Heat with Cinematic Summer Reading

by Amanda Festa It is no surprise that the balmy weather of summer inspires many to spend lazy hours reclining […]

A Rainy Day in Jackson for Miss Eudora Welty

By Richard Warren In 2001, my friends all thought I was mad when I drove 12 hours to Jackson, Mississippi, […]

Southern Gothic With A Magical Twist: Swamplandia!

By Katy Kelleher Set in the sparsely inhabited swamps of the Florida Everglades, Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! is gorgeous entry into […]

Richard Scarry’s Best Luck Ever

By Melissa Mapes The bleary-eyed rabbit wrapped her paws around a coffee mug for warmth. Although we were indoors, the […]