Welcome to Word-for-Sense

Hi! My name is Talia. I see you’ve found my website. I write about books, literature, language, paganism, philosophy, writing, travel, school, and basically whatever falls under the various umbrellas of “Talia likes this” “Talia thinks this is important” “Talia knows a decent amount about this.” The content of this website falls into a few different categories, which I’ve outlined below.


While I previously held myself to a regular blog posting schedule (every Friday and most Tuesdays) I have since decided to free myself from this restriction since I’m having *quite* the busy summer. If you’d like my rationale for this, read all about why this decision wasn’t a goodbye, just a see-you-later. Nowadays I write and post what and when I want, though have been attempting to things so that there is at least one post every week, if not two. (Month-long hiatus whilst moving into my new apartment notwithstanding….)

I’ve tried to categorize my blog many times, but the truth is that the variety of things that I write about is vast and has veered wildly as I compose different types of post depending on what I am in the mood for that day. One large and properly definable category is book reviews. You can read through the book reviews in isolation via clicking the ‘Book Reviews’ tab above, or by checking out the book reviews page for a comprehensive list.

As for the rest of my posts, its all a bit wibbly-wobbly, mostly as a result of my using the premise of whatever I was studying that week as fodder for a blog post. My most recent interest these days is in Comparative Religion, with a particular focus on Neopagan traditions. This was the combined topic of my Capstone and Proseminar papers my final semester of grad school, and the interest continues to linger.

This ties in well with my philosophical posts that are more reflective, where I muse about my theories about how the world works and our place in the universe, though some of these end up being very Talia-centric since my reflections tend to be very introspective.

On rare occasions I have guest writing on my website in the form of blog posts written by someone other than myself, usually my fiancée.


As I was wrapping up my undergraduate career at Brandeis I realized more and more how many essays I had written, some of which have interesting enough content that I decided to share them with you. Others will probably never see the light of day. They’re all on their own pages, but I have links on my Essays page with snippets describing them & they are organized by what class I wrote them for. For the most part I just feel that someone should be reading these, aside from my professors and fiancée.


A rather large passion of mine is that of translation. I do Spanish to English, and I think I’ve got a good handle on the practice. This section is where I post examples of short translations I have done, as well as some of my thoughts regarding translation theory and practice. I’ve linked to the various subpages on my Translation page, along with links to blog posts about Translation.

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