Is Ugly the New Beautiful?

By |2014-08-26T14:49:06-05:00August 27th, 2014|Tags: , |

Summer has become a season of strange and stark irony. While it brings forth the beauty of the world, it also brings forth the ugliness of the age. The warmth and light are invariably attended by trashy fashion and tattooed flesh. These dog-days, there is hardly a street or a store without people who [...]

Many Happy Returns, Sherlock Holmes: Celebrating 160 Years

By |2014-01-20T06:33:24-05:00January 6th, 2014|Tags: |

Sherlock Holmes was born (in all probability) on January 6th, 1854—160 years ago today. In answering how this date was discovered out of the secret of Mr. Holmes’ past, the temptation may arise to proclaim, “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Regard, however, for the Canon—the sixty public records of Mr. Holmes’ remarkable career—repudiates common errors. [...]

Treasure Island: A Healthy Dose of Danger

By |2013-12-16T17:22:41-05:00December 16th, 2013|Tags: |

The doctor’s words were incisive. “Jim… are you afraid of blood?” Dr. Livesey’s question is as prophetic as the gallows tattooed with spirit on Billy Bones’ arm. Readers of Treasure Island must, with Jim, prepare themselves for blood. Blood runs in glorious, gory rivers over the pages of this story, leaping from veins that [...]

A School Without Screens

By |2015-05-27T13:22:38-05:00December 6th, 2013|Tags: , |

There is a growing consensus among human beings that the effects of our developing technology are not conducive to human development. Popular technology, despite its claim to interact and connect, breeds isolation. It causes people, especially young people, to stray into an introverted withdrawal from others and the world. As such, these results are antithetical [...]

The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh

By |2013-12-06T06:05:35-05:00December 3rd, 2013|Tags: , |

The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh is tasteless, irreverent, perverse, and merciless. These qualities, however, are the source of a strange sanity because they are the means by which we can all have a good laugh. Not only is it quite alright to take things lightly, it is a good habit. It is even [...]