Natalie Girshman

Natalie Girshman is a senior majoring in history and drama. She can be reached at [email protected]

The ABC’s of Literature: A summer reading alphabet

Summer is fast approaching, and whether you’re working an internship, doing research or even moving into the adult world, there should always be some time in summer for reading. So here’s an almost alphabet of books for the summer (as long as word counts will allow). Douglas Adams, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (1978 […]

V. E. Schwab

I’ve read a lot of fantasy over the years, from the time that I was a little girl devouring the works of Diana Wynne Jones to my current complicated relationship with “A Song of Ice and Fire” (1996 – present) from George R. R. Martin (yes, I’m still waiting for “The Winds of Winter”). As […]

The ABC’s of Literature: Kate Atkinson

Last week, I wrote about an author who switches effortlessly between genres, and this week, I am focusing on an author with a similarly unique talent. Kate Atkinson’s works cover a wide variety of genres, whether it be a coming-of-age story, a crime novel or a work of historical fiction set during the Second World […]

The ABC’s of Literature: Melina Marchetta

It’s the rare author who manages to switch between genres, going from witches and wizards to the everyday dilemmas of a modern family. Most find the genre in which they’re most comfortable and stick to it, carefully staking out a path and wearing it down until it’s a well-beaten track. But some authors manage to […]

Robin Kirman explores Harvard’s unhallowed halls in ‘Bradstreet Gate’

College is a tricky time, a careful balance between the stubborn rebellion of high school, where you can scream at your parents one morning and peacefully eat dinner with them that night, and the calculated realities of adulthood, where you have to find a job and deal with a never-ending list of responsibilities that take […]

The ABCs of Literature: Terry Pratchett

Even when people talk about the fantasy genre with affection, remembering the books that they first loved as children and that continue to enchant them today, they rarely talk about fantasy as serious literature, the kind that reflects our world back to us and betters our understanding of it. There’s magic and talking animals and […]

Gail Carriger

Steampunk is a difficult genre, not only to categorize but to master. It can involve everything from tiny robots infused into everyone’s blood at the orders of a 19th-century version of Genghis Khan’s horde to necromancers raising hordes of the dead to female airship captains carrying secretive cargoes across the English Channel. There’s often a […]

The ABC’s of Literature: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Encountering F. Scott Fitzgerald is inevitable in the American educational system, usually in the form of “The Great Gatsby” (1925) in sophomore or junior year of high school, whichever has been designated as the year to steadily make one’s way through American literature. The class discusses the green light, most people enjoy it and Fitzgerald is […]

The ABC’s of Literature: Louise Erdrich

Some days, it feels like I’ve acquired a new hobby without even knowing it: trying to get the people around me to read more female writers, whether they’re publishing their first novel this year or lived over 200 years ago. Whenever I’m enthusiastically composing yet another list for a sometimes less-than-enthusiastic listener, Louise Erdrich’s name is often […]

The ABC’s of Literature: P.G. Wodehouse

Making a reader cry is often surprisingly easy. Combine a pair of star-crossed lovers, make sure that at least one of them has an incurable and fatal disease, add in a few poignant speeches that people can put on posters and tattoos, stack misfortune on top of misfortune and watch the tears flow (and I […]