In Loving Memory of Langston Hughes, Who Passed Away 50 Years Today

James Mercer Langston Hughes, simply known to us as Langston Hughes, was only 65 years old when he died of complications from prostate cancer on May 22, 1967. That was 50 years ago today. The Joplin, Missouri born-raised in Lawrence, Kansas native, years before his death, was a defining figure of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. It was a magical decade in which an explosion … Continue reading In Loving Memory of Langston Hughes, Who Passed Away 50 Years Today

How To Lose Readers & Alienate People: A Review on “The Rules Of Attraction”

by Shae In her New York Times book review, published on September 19, 1987, Michiko Kakutani compared the shortcomings of The Rules of Attraction characters to the then-current run of 1980s jeans commercials: “Not only are these kids uniformly attractive (slim and sun-tanned with high cheekbones), but they also all project the same air of shiny self-absorption – a mood reinforced by the commercials’ slick, MTV-like pacing and the driving … Continue reading How To Lose Readers & Alienate People: A Review on “The Rules Of Attraction”

Rupi Kaur’s “Milk & Honey” Collection Soars In Its Pain & Triumph To Freedom

I first described Rupi Kaur‘s book of poetry Milk & Honey as “heartbreaking.” But the use of that word seemed obvious, almost trivial. A majority of the circumstances crystallized through her beautiful descriptions were absolutely heartbreaking in narration. And that word is often a go-to because of how it quickly it blankets moments or feelings that while somber, have a level of whimsy, sugar, or nostalgia. … Continue reading Rupi Kaur’s “Milk & Honey” Collection Soars In Its Pain & Triumph To Freedom