Happiness, Peace, and the "Greater Good" Discourse in Brave New World

Being able to escape the world, or else pacify it at all cost, two of the most fundamental things Brave New World condemns, had become too tempting to ignore.

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Emma and Charles Bovary, a Fascinating Study on Writing Unlikeable-Yet-Sympathetic Characters

Characters who are maddening and complicated tend to stay with us long after we’ve finished reading about them. They make better protagonists than those seemingly perfect ones, for whom everything comes easily

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Extramarital Affairs, Alien Invasions and the Afterlife: Strangeness and Heartbreak in Kevin Brockmeier’s The Ceiling

The parallel analyses of magical realism is one of the most freeing elements — from the perspective of a reader as well as a writer — because it allows for looser writing, narratives and characterization

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Observations on A Series of Unfortunate Events, a Glorious Upending of the Monomyth

I envy those who got the opportunity to discover the series as children ... it would have given me a taste for truly singular, out-of-the-box narration and storytelling—perhaps it would even have influenced the way I write today.

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