Ancient Literature

Why is Medusa’s sad backstory so rarely told in Greek myth retellings?

One of my favorite stories from Greek mythology is the popular version of Perseus and Andromeda’s myth. It’s one of the few I can recall in which the hero does NOT come to grief. Perseus does NOT enrage the gods via a fit of hubris. He does NOT suffer a tragic punishment. He fulfills his… Continue reading Why is Medusa’s sad backstory so rarely told in Greek myth retellings?

Ancient Literature

On Reading “The Golden Ass” by Apuleius

In English literature, the novel is a newer genre as compared to poetry and drama. It’s easy to forget prose fiction narratives existed in the ancient world. It doesn’t help that so few ancient novels survived. One that enchanted me in December is The Golden Ass by Apuleius. The plot revolves around a man called… Continue reading On Reading “The Golden Ass” by Apuleius

Reading Effort 2017

Reading Wrap-Up: December Reads

December reads? December rereads, more like. Six of the 10 books I read were books I’ve read before … in some cases multiple times. The holiday season is a time for nostalgia, apparently. December reads The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan This completed my 2017 rereading of the Percy… Continue reading Reading Wrap-Up: December Reads

Seasonal Reading

A Reading List for the Christmas Books Obsessed

I don’t mean to alarm you, but December is almost here. Seasonal coffee beverages have been released. Evergreen wreaths have been hung in shopping centers. Christmas trees are for sale. I even heard Christmas carols in a store this week. What I’m saying is, I realize we haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving yet, but it’s time to… Continue reading A Reading List for the Christmas Books Obsessed

Reading Effort 2017

Reading wrap-up: August reads

As we’re almost halfway through September, I’m overdue for a recap of my August reads. But first: When you amass an enormous beast of a library, the time inevitably comes when you want to read the books you already own. I mean, that’s the theory. In reality, I’m still lucky to read 50 percent already-in-my-library,… Continue reading Reading wrap-up: August reads