Book Review: The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood is a retelling of the classic Odyssey from a new perspective. Penelope is currently wandering the Underworld in her afterlife. She retells Odyssey from her own point of view. Over two-thousand years ago, she was the wife of Odysseus, married at the age of fifteen. During his journey of unbelievableContinue reading “Book Review: The Penelopiad”

Decoding “Born to Die” by Lana Del Rey

“Born to Die” is the opening track for Lana Del Rey’s debut album, “Born to Die” from January 2012. The song was recorded and released as a single in late 2011. I see this song as having dual meanings, and that is what gives it so much depth. There are two ways to look atContinue reading “Decoding “Born to Die” by Lana Del Rey”

“Midnights” by Taylor Swift | track by track review

Taylor Swift released “Midnights” on October 21st. I wasn’t sure what type of sound to expect, since she is known for switching her tune on almost every new album. I prepared myself for something totally different; a lot of people were suspecting a rock record. The promo photos had a 70s, vintage aesthetic, which sparkedContinue reading ““Midnights” by Taylor Swift | track by track review”

Decoding “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey

I’m going to be “decoding” Lana Del Rey songs — beginning with her most popular and going from there. Much of her music has been misunderstood and quickly judged by critics with closed minds. Also, there are many little details, including the music videos, that many may have missed out on. And I will alsoContinue reading “Decoding “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey”

Book review: “How to Survive in Ancient Rome” by LJ Trafford

“How to Survive in Ancient Rome” is a humorous yet enlightening, and certainly gruesome at times, look into ancient history. The time period mainly covers the Roman Empire. The book is divided into chapters that cover one topic at a time — housing, clothing, diet, religion, politics, etc. It basically serves as a how-to guideContinue reading “Book review: “How to Survive in Ancient Rome” by LJ Trafford”

Book review: “Venus and Aphrodite – A Biography of Desire”

“Venus and Aphrodite – A Biography of Desire” by Bettany Hughes is a nonfiction look into the history of Venus-Aphrodite. The goddess of love, known in Greek as “Aphrodite” and in Rome, as well as more commonly in today’s western society, “Venus,” has always had an impact on humanity. But she is far more thanContinue reading “Book review: “Venus and Aphrodite – A Biography of Desire””

NEW MUSIC | Calvin Harris, Imagine Dragons, Bastille, Britney, Taylor Swift, and more…

Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 2 It only took Calvin Harris five whole years to follow up “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1” with the much-anticipated volume 2. Shortly after the prior album’s release, in an interview Calvin Harris alluded to scrapping the project completely, making us believe that we would never see a volume 2. Now,Continue reading “NEW MUSIC | Calvin Harris, Imagine Dragons, Bastille, Britney, Taylor Swift, and more…”

Book review: “The Sweet Girl” by Annabel Lyon

Genre: Historical fiction “The Sweet Girl” follows Pythias (Pytho), daughter of famous philosopher, Aristotle. It takes place in Ancient Greece, fourth century BCE. It is based on real people, surrounding true events, but fills in fictitious gaps of what little we know today about Pythias. When she was only a few years old, the motherContinue reading “Book review: “The Sweet Girl” by Annabel Lyon”

Book review: “Verity” by Colleen Hoover | A thrilling, fiery, suspenseful novel

Genre: Fiction / thriller “Verity” is a novel about a writer named Lowen, who is living in NYC, struggling to pay her rent after taking care of her dying mother who just recently passed away. Leaving her apartment for the first time since her mother’s passing, she is caught at a scene in which someoneContinue reading “Book review: “Verity” by Colleen Hoover | A thrilling, fiery, suspenseful novel”