9 More Essential Books for Your Education

And you thought we could stop at 12. Here’s 9 more essential books for your education. Comedy Philip Roth: Portnoy’s Complaint On its surface, it’s a comical novel about a Jew with an Oedipus complex. I’m obsessed with it because I think it played a major part in transforming a marginal group of racial others […]

Book Review: Googie Redux, Ultramodern Roadside Architecture

Things I cannot find in Hong Kong: drive-thru restaurants. Like a few other building genres, they seem uniquely American. Same goes for supermarkets, tiki-themed motels, and roadside diners – buildings with purposes evolved to fit American car culture in the 1950s and 1960s. I became fascinated with American architecture because I grew up in Los […]

With the E-Book Revolution, Quantity Overthrows Quality

There’s no denying it: the e-book revolution has hit at full force. From kids lugging trash bags full of shamelessly discounted books out of post-apocalyptic Borders’, to marketing companies luring customers onto email lists with empty promises of free e-books, the evidence is everywhere. The e-book is here to stay, and it’s become increasingly clear […]

The Top 10 Banned Books of our Generation

The concept of banning books might seem like a thing of the past, but attempts to ban or censor new and historically-renowned books are still common in our generation, some for ridiculous reasons. The list of banned books could go on for days, some more ridiculous than others. The important thing to remember is banned […]

E-books Take the World by Storm

There is no denying the Kindle family and the rest of the e-book reader ilk have changed, if not reinvigorated, reading as a whole. Just look here, here and here –where bloggers and authors have pondered the future of these electronic devices and the impact they’ve had on publishing. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) […]

7 Autobiographies Worth Reading

Back in a college creative writing class, I was told everything we write about is potentially an autobiography, even if it’s intentionally fictional. We just can’t help writing about ourselves, or at least referring to ourselves in our writing. It’s human nature to be self-aware and talk about what we know. Perhaps this partly explains […]

Bossypants: A Review

I’m very tempted to abandon the traditional format of a review and write a lengthy ode consisting of Shakespearean couplets dedicated to Tina Fey. But for the sake of readership, I’ll avoid doing that… publicly. Bossypants is a unique mix of humor, advice, brutally honest stories about growing up and living in the real world, […]

You’re the Star of This Article: The Choose Your Own Adventure Books

By Emily Giegerich Being a kid in the ‘80s or ‘90s inevitably meant reading one or two (or 12) “Choose Your Own Adventure” (CYOA) books. The covers often read, “You’re the star of this story! Choose from 30 possible outcomes,” instantly giving the series the same interactive appeal as a computer or video game — […]