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

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 inContinue reading “A Pleasure to Burn: Revisiting Fahrenheit 451 in an Age of Uncertainty”

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

A Dream We’ve All Had Once

In my dream there is sometimes light, Thin and watery, the kind that comes just after the rain, With the clouds still hanging motionless, And the air damp and heavy as a sawblade. In my dream there are shadows without sun, As the wind blows the leaves across the blacktop, Rattling the chain-link fence, LikeContinue reading “A Dream We’ve All Had Once”

Evil in the Age of Fear: Reading Blood Meridian

Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian (1985) is a somber meditation on violence and absolute evil, as embodied by a roving gang of scalp-hunters traversing the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the mid-19th century. McCarthy drew historical inspiration from the so-called Glanton Gang, a real-life band of scalp-hunters operating in the 1830s-40s, roughly the same period in which BloodContinue reading “Evil in the Age of Fear: Reading Blood Meridian”

Bulgakov: When The Devil Comes to Town

Picture this. At sunset on a warm spring day, you are sitting on a park bench with a friend, when, seemingly out of nowhere, a mysterious stranger materializes and injects himself into your conversation. He is a bizarre figure to say the least, sporting a black cloak, a foreign name, and a pair of mismatchedContinue reading “Bulgakov: When The Devil Comes to Town”

Thinking in Pictures: William Golding’s “The Inheritors”

View Post The prehistoric era, specifically focusing on the emergence of early humans, is a topic I find incredibly fascinating, and one that is sadly underexplored in modern literature. That mysterious vanished time, in which man was first discovering his capacity for language and abstract thought, is what drew me to The Inheritors, a 1955Continue reading “Thinking in Pictures: William Golding’s “The Inheritors””