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: 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

Reading Effort 2017

Reading wrap-up: June reads and purchases

My June reads focused on my two reading projects: Ancient Greek literature and the Gilmore Girls reading challenge (which we’re doing at Books, Ink). Perhaps unsurprisingly, my library holds many of these titles already. I apparently have a lot to say about my June reads, so we might as well jump right in: Books read:… Continue reading Reading wrap-up: June reads and purchases