Poetry explication: Thou Blind Man’s Mark–Sir Philip Sidney

In the short poem, poet Sir Philip Sidney wields his literary talent and uses extensive poetic devices to tell a story of recognizing, facing, and trying to combat one’s desires.               Throughout the first four lines of the poem, Sidney begins by directly addressing desire with second-person pronouns “thou,” adding a dose of intimacy andContinue reading “Poetry explication: Thou Blind Man’s Mark–Sir Philip Sidney”

Angels in America—what a Gay Fantasia reveals about America

Under the current COVID-19 pandemic, the reading of the AIDS epidemic becomes especially thought provoking and resonating. During special times like this while everything around us is changing, readers cannot help but notice the progress and changes that the play is hinting at. In the 1980s, it was the worst of times, but it wasContinue reading “Angels in America—what a Gay Fantasia reveals about America”

The shadow of neocolonialism: how a book with “righteous” purposes can backlash and hurt the journalism subjects and the potential trust between countries –book review of Without You, There Is No Us

The shadow of neocolonialism: how a book with “righteous” purposes can backlash and hurt the journalism subjects and the potential trust between countries –book review of Without You, There Is No Us Under the pandemic when reading has turned into one of my biggest comforts and books continue to act as my sanctuary, I findContinue reading “The shadow of neocolonialism: how a book with “righteous” purposes can backlash and hurt the journalism subjects and the potential trust between countries –book review of Without You, There Is No Us”

Nonviolence, injustice, and change–March

Book introduction: March is a graphic novel that vividly presents a first-hand account of John lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. The inspiration of the book was drawn from the 1958 comic book Martin Luther King that inspired generations. Now, March becomes one of the books to inspire others by telling a greatContinue reading “Nonviolence, injustice, and change–March”

A healing story of race and motherhood–The Secret Life of Bees

“Nobody around here had ever seen a lady beekeeper till her. She liked to tell everybody that women made the best beekeepers, ’cause they have a special ability built into them to love creatures that sting. It comes from years of loving children and husbands.” Book introduction The Secret Life of Bees is about theContinue reading “A healing story of race and motherhood–The Secret Life of Bees”

The myth of a wandering soul—Realism or Romanticism? — Signs Preceding the End of the World

book introduction: The book is about the migration journey of Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a macho world. The book explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds as they move from one country to another, especially when they realize that there is no comingContinue reading “The myth of a wandering soul—Realism or Romanticism? — Signs Preceding the End of the World”

The power of authentic stories and new journalism—Hiroshima

Book introduction: Told through Hersey who interviewed six survivors of the Hiroshima atom bomb, the journalistic masterpiece tells what happened on the day and forty years after the incident. Using new journalism techniques, the book powerfully tells a different side of the story. Book recommendation: The book is very touching and “stirs the conscience ofContinue reading “The power of authentic stories and new journalism—Hiroshima”

A tale of the past, present, and future— The Handmaid’s Tale

Book introduction The book is set in the future where the United States is taken over by the Republic of Gilead. Under the regime, women and men live under horror and bizarre consequences, and women are especially demoralized to birth-giving machines. The book is fascinating and written brilliantly. The unique point of view and narrationContinue reading “A tale of the past, present, and future— The Handmaid’s Tale”

The power of faith–The Nickel Boys

Book introduction In segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis is a high school senior ready to go to college. However, one innocent mistake reverses his fate and brings him to the Nickel Academy, a juvenile reformatory and a grotesque chamber of horrors. In the Academy, Elwood is constantly inspired by the words of Martin Luther King toContinue reading “The power of faith–The Nickel Boys”

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