My favorite past time is constructing passionate monologues aimed toward people in my life. Sometimes they’re positive, like showing my true feelings for someone or expressing gratitude, but my real specialty is a blunt, degrading, insult-ridden attack that leaves the people in my mind dumbfounded. Unfortunately, real life people “have opinions” and their “own point […]Read more "The Art of the Rant"
I’m a foodie and a homebody–which is my way of saying “I’m lazy and I eat too much.” So it’s safe to say Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Watching bad Macy’s Parade performances, feasting on food I only pretended to help cook (out of concern for the well-being of everyone involved,) and spending the day […]Read more "An “Expat” Thanksgiving"
There are instances that your life pivots around. As I’m sitting in Paris at one of Hemingway’s favorite spots, Les Deux Magots, I’m reminded of his influence on my love and understanding of literature and writing. Hills Like White Elephants challenged everything I ever knew about storytelling and was the catalyst for my obsession with […]Read more "Obligatory Post-Paris Reflection"
If you’ve ever visited a Pinterest travel board, you know this tired Mark Twain quote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” This is all true. On your travels you become more humble and open to new people and new experiences. But that’s nothing new. Of course traveling does that. That’s kind of the […]Read more "The Aftermath of a Month Abroad"
In 1996, Maxwell House was struggling to maintain relevance in the coffee market. With trendy new coffee shops popping up all over the country, the culture of coffee was beginning to change. Maxwell House’s “Good to the Last Drop” blend reached its peak during an age when coffee was […]Read more "Maxwell House and Habitat for Humanity: A Cause-Related Marketing Case Study"
American society is characterized by its media representations. Celebrities, feature films, programmatic television, reality television, news television, radio, newspapers, magazines, advertisements; the public is constantly surrounded by their influences so much so that the “media no longer just shape our culture—they are our culture” (Aqili 450). This intense relationship […]Read more "The Role of Media Literacy in Political Communication"
Men and women have always dealt with conflicts in their relationships. Even though each generation faces different issues, all couples have issues. Jane and Rochester’s relationship is so full of conflict that it seems almost impossible for their love to survive. Brontë attempts to simplify and justify the relationship by […]Read more "The Archetypal Conflict in Jane Eyre"
A long-time fan of Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly, I figured it about time I pay homage to Truman Capote’s capturing novella. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a woman-child like myself finds it easy to relate to Holly’s ramblings. Most of what she says aloud are thoughts I have while walking around campus. While […]Read more "Breakfast at Tiffany’s"
Jamie Ford’s novel about the life of a Chinese man and his childhood relationship with a Japanese classmate can be summed up in one word: unfair. Henry Lee watches in astonishment as his world is filled with injustices. He expects and accepts the hecklings of his young peers, but is shocked and disgusted by the […]Read more "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"
We all have those few things we don’t like about ourselves. It could be your hair or your smile. You might think you’re too tall or too short. Maybe you can’t stand the sound of your own laugh. You’re the only one who notices these things, but they drive you insane. I have a few […]Read more "Quit Being a Bummer"