5 best of…(Older) Adulthood

It is rare to find a novel which begins long after other novels end. Often, elderly character are supporting characters who might be portrayed as good and wise or foolish, ranging from Austen’s Mrs. Bennet to Tolkein’s Gandalf. These characters can seem to lack complex inner lives of their own. Of course, if fiction is … Continue reading 5 best of…(Older) Adulthood

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4 best of…the 18th and 19th Century in Response to Radio Times

Last week I read a short article in Radio Times about how television shows such as Poldark are needed escapism in these modern times. The exact title is “We need romance on TV in these times of turmoil.” It was such a strange little piece that I thought it was satire at first - but … Continue reading 4 best of…the 18th and 19th Century in Response to Radio Times

3 Best of…Fiction That Can Teach You More Than a History Textbook (Pt. 1)

I've talked before about how I hated studying history in school, and later fell in love with the stories of the past through fiction. In that essay, I mentioned a few novels, but not in depth and mainly focused on actual history and historical texts. Not everyone can jump easily into historical documents or studies … Continue reading 3 Best of…Fiction That Can Teach You More Than a History Textbook (Pt. 1)