Welcome!

Welcome to the Grab Bag, friend!

My hope for this project is that, if for no one other than my own self, this can be a place of discussion and creative community (yes, I will talk to myself if need be). Whether you be a weaver of fantastical worlds, a spellbinding lyricist, or even just a human who enjoys reading and discussing the product of other humans’ catharsis, all are welcome to pitch in.

I will be posting my reviews and experiences with various bundles of words: novels, short stories, poems, songs… you name it, I aim to read it. I would absolutely love to get into some interesting conversations with fellow logophiles. Also, to that end, I would LOVE to receive recommendations from anyone who has any favorite works they’ve stumbled upon.

As a child, I held a love and devotion for Edgar Allan Poe so fierce it concerned both my parents and teachers alike. Nowadays, I tend to gravitate toward mid-20th century authors: Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, basically any author you were forced to read in basic introductory lit classes. I had my first experience with such authors and their works my sophomore year of high school in an English class centered around worldviews. It was both one of the most informational and transformational experiences of my life. I often reflect upon that class as a turning point in my growth as a human. That was the first time in my life I viewed literature as a scope through which to see the world, a means of understanding others beliefs, a road map for the human condition evident throughout social and political patterns in history. Works of literature that stand the test of time don’t just do so simply because they’re “good.” No. Works of literature that stand the test of time do so because they contain elements of truth that resonate with the masses, generation to generation. They possess the truly astounding ability to connect with something so intimate, so innate in humans of all sorts. That is what those authors taught me, and part of why they have a special place in my heart.

(Steps down off soapbox)

Moving on. As much as I love to read, my greatest and most enduring passion has always been writing. I’ve generally kept the more, for lack of a better term, artistic works of mine to myself. I have no problem spouting out my thoughts in prose for hours on end, but the increasing feeling of vulnerability that accompanies deeper levels of creativity is just plain daunting. Depending on how adventurous I feel, I may throw some original works up on here to get feedback and bounce ideas around. We’ll see.

Anyhow, I’m currently reading a novel I’ve long had my eye on, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. While it has been, at junctures, a tad difficult to stomach, I have found that no matter how twisted things get I simply can’t put it down. I’m hoping to be finished with it within the next week, depending on my classes. School’s important kids.

A Clockwork Orange posting soon to come!

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13 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Hey! Saw your post in First Friday!

    I too was a devotee of Poe when I was younger. Still am, truly, but I lost my copy of The Completed Works Of in a house fire a few years ago (Shades of “The Black Cat,” maybe??).

    Anyway, best of luck! I’ll be sure to be checking back as you grow!

    -John

    P.S., If you haven’t read “Cry, The Beloved Country” by Alan Patton, I cannot recommend it enough. One of my all time favorites.

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  2. I like the idea of ‘talking of myself.’
    All the best for this new journey on WordPress.

    If you need any recommendations, you can check out my blog. I post Book Review and famous poems on it.
    Good day.

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  3. Saw your blog on First Friday, and I love your style and your subject! Also, you grabbed me at: “Works of literature that stand the test of time […] possess the truly astounding ability to connect with something so intimate, so innate in humans of all sorts.” A. Men.

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  4. Discovered your blog on First Friday — it’s always nice to run across a fellow bibliophile on WordPress. If you haven’t read ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel it’s worth a look, though a bit short; if you read newer fiction ‘The dead assassin’ by Vaugn Entwhistle is a good one.

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  5. Hey! I came across your blog on First Friday and I really love to see people who are passionate about sharing their love for reading! I try to review things I read whenever I can! My absolute favorite novel is “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki.

    I found it to be a relatively quick read while still being a story with intense depth. I 100% would recommend it especially since you mentioned that you view literature as a way to see the world. The story is beautifully told and highlights a lot of interesting facts about Japanese culture and Japanese Buddhist culture.

    Good luck with your new little project and welcome to WordPress:)

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