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In With the Old: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

In With the Old: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith published White Teeth at the age of 24, having received a £250,000 advance and the title of "the new Salman Rushdie" from her publisher. The book is 400+ pages of delightful prose, pushed by a kinetic energy that is sleek and modern and fluid. Its story is...

In With The Old: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

In With The Old: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

In the fall of 2006, I was a junior in college. My communications professor mentioned something about a virtual world called Second Life. He described it as this odd, rapidly-evolving, user-driven experiential environment where people could create and do anything....

New Thing Today – 3/5/20

New Thing Today – 3/5/20

Honestly, what happened to February? I swear. I was inspired to become a substitute teacher for three main reasons:1. Last fall, I realized I really wanted to be a teacher. But after looking into what it would take to become one at this point in my life, I decided it...

In With The Old: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

In With The Old: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

What makes a person superior? Above-average intellect? Boundless kindness? Wealth and connections? The capacity to love and empathize? Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes suggests it is all of those things, and none by itself. The story focuses on Charlie, a mentally...

A Cup of Memories

A Cup of Memories

I'm not one for regretting the past. Each point in a person's life can be defined as the sum of every moment which came before. As such, every moment matters, for better or worse. While I may view life's history without regret, that doesn't mean it has evolved without...

In With The Old: Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

In With The Old: Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Fans of horror movies know the Swedish vampire flick "Let The Right One In" generally finds itself among most credible "best horror movies of all time" lists. Its American counterpart, "Let Me In," which shares its title with the source novel, also stands in fairly...