Tag Archives: literature

Don’t Be Gatsby

I hope you live a life that you’re proud of. F. Scott Fitzgerald If you’ve read Fitzgerald, you can hear the subtle suggestion beneath his words, hinting that no one lives a life they’re proud of. Most of his characters jump from liaison to drink to cigarette with thinly veiled despair. Even those who might care […]

Love is Love?

Every year I spend the month of February thinking about love. It began as a rebellion based on my loathing of Valentine’s Day, but it has matured into a practice that has helped reframe my thinking, convicted me of my skewed ideas about love, and ultimately given me a renewed affection for God. The word […]

The Human Problem

Franz Kafka’s well known Metamorphosis is well known for good reason. It is as much impactful as it is grotesque. Metamorphosis follows the pitiable character, Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesmen who supports his parents and sister. One is given the impression that prior to his metamorphosis he already carries self-loathing and central to his character is his strained […]

Read Books, and Start with George Orwell

I recently read a post that tragically misidentified something as “Orwellian”, and then proceeded to use it in support of an idea that Orwell himself would have likely criticized. It seems to be a common malady to hijack well-known literary names for our own purposes, to use them bolster up our arguments with an appeal […]

A British Wit

In my humble opinion, no one is as witty as our neighbors across the sea; the British know dry humor, and dear Chesterton knew it best of all. Not only did he defend truth and an ethical code, he did it with a humor that none of his adversaries could ignore, allowing him to befriend […]