I always found it awkward when, in a large group setting like, say, at a dinner, someone suggests that everyone present pause and take a moment to think of something to be thankful for. Of course, this usually only happens around Thanksgiving, so it’s to be expected. But it always felt weird to me. Not […]Read more "Turning Into Dad: Things to Be Thankful For"
“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” So begins the opening to Franz Kafka’s famous story Metamorphosis. This strange tale follows Samsa’s short life as a bug, how his family responds, and how the poor young man feels about his ordeal. He […]Read more "‘Metamorphosis’ of the Artist"
When Victor Hugo originally set out to write The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the early 1830s, his intention was to highlight the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and spur on his fellow countrymen to renovate the church and restore the building to its former glory. His tale takes place in 1482 and follows a beautiful young gypsy […]Read more "The Beauty Behind ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’"