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A Light in the Darkness: Bukowski’s “Raw with Love”

As a poet and novelist, Charles Bukowski is not exactly known for sentimentality and tenderness. On the contrary, his work is notorious for its pessimism and a style that could be blunt, pugilistic, and sometimes downright coarse. In hundreds of poems and a wide range of novels, Bukowski doesn’t write, so much as boil over…

A Pleasure to Burn: Revisiting Fahrenheit 451 in an Age of Uncertainty

“Some say the world will end in fire/some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire.” So wrote Robert Frost in 1920, roughly three decades before the publication of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, a novel which begins with one of the most ominous and chilling pronouncements in…

Lost in the Shadow of A Dream: Reading Kafka’s “The Trial”

Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) is an author who needs little introduction. To read his work is to enter a murky labyrinth of alienation and paranoia, in which man is left at the tender mercies of an unknowable universe bent on his destruction. As Kafka himself once said, “in the struggle of…

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