On Belief and Reality

Two quotes came to me, from wildly different sources, within a fortnight of one another. The first occurred a few weeks back, when I went to the Boston show of the An Absolutely Remarkable Thing tour. Much to my chagrin, I can’t remember which Vlogbrother said this, but I wrote down in my notebook that…

On Reading

Specializing in the humanities is both a blessing and a curse, and never is that more apparent than in the case of how much reading I do. Sometimes, I feel like all I ever do in my life is read, and that is fine, good really, but can be quite exhausting. Normally I read fast,…

On Prioritization

One of the most (in)famous lines from the Harry Potter series takes place in the first book, where Hermione says “We could have been killed, or worse, expelled!” Ron’s equally (in)famous response from the movie is not actually in the book, but it I find it relevant to to topic of this post: “She needs…

On Writing About Harry Potter

It is with regret that I tell you all that I do not have a book review for this week. The book that I was so excited to write about is lost in the chaos that is my half-unpacked bedroom and I didn't have time to finish it by my Thursday night deadline, a combination…

A General Update

They say that time flies, but I didn't quite believe it until I woke up this morning and realized that we're already halfway through July. So much has happened in my life in the past few months that I feel as though I've got whiplash. So many good and bad things have happened since I…

Rest in Peace, Malika Franks

At 6:45am this morning, June 9th 2018, my great aunt Malika died. I call her my great aunt not just because she was the sister of my grandmother, but also because she was a great person, to me, my mother, and so many others. She was incredibly kind, loving, and giving. In our last conversation…