Thumbnail Placeholder

Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness

An intelligent and prolific science-fiction writer at heart, Ursula K. Le Guin wrote The Left Hand of Darkness abiding by an expansive understanding of the universe. The story is tied to the uniqueness as well as the sameness of human nature. How can humanity exist and prosper without gender? How does the understanding of...

Thumbnail Placeholder

Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet

A novelized autobiography. An attempt to interiorize the indifference and absurdity of existing. A mirror through which one is conscious of consciousness itself; of everything that we live for – love, loss, happiness, sadness, melancholy, and comfort. Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet is a book dreamt of in reality. Pessoa writes in crisp and...

Thumbnail Placeholder

The Catcher in The Rye by J. D. Salinger

William Faulkner understood The Catcher in the Rye as this, “His (Holden’s) tragedy was that when he attempted to enter the human race, there was no human race there…. until he either gave up or was himself, by himself, by his own frantic buzzing, destroyed.” This book is a funny one. Not blatantly entertaining...

Thumbnail Placeholder

The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

I remember contemplating Siddhartha’s spiritual journey in Herman Hesse’s novel as a solitary one. The ironic completeness of his protagonist through enlightened and carnal pleasures and Siddhartha’s conscious approach to living them. Through The Hero With a Thousand Faces, the portal of change and illumination is revealed once more. Though less lyrically and more...