literature and the limits of compassion

A number of the books I have been reading lately have had a great deal of very real (and very current) human suffering at their center. Most recently, I read The Beekeeper by Dunya Mikhail, which chronicles the true experiences of women who were captured by Daesh and the difficult work that they do to rebuild their […]

Read more

book boxes: on the boxwalla

If you have been following my Instagram feed for a while, you may have noticed that I receive a book box from The Boxwalla every two months. I have been receiving these boxes for over a year and a half now and have finally come around to feeling like I can provide solid feedback on […]

Read more

han kang: the vegetarian

Between work and research, I don’t have as much time to delve into all of the books that I would like to read when I first hear about them. The Vegetarian by Han Kang is another one of those books that I have seen floating around Instagram for the past year or so. Many of the […]

Read more

roxane gay: hunger

I had the privilege of seeing Roxane Gay read from her latest book and (wittily) do a little Q & A with the audience. This is the first time I had ever heard her speak or gone to any of her events; although I had seen her work floating around the internet – especially Bad […]

Read more

why i study: japanese literature

The last few posts on here have been focusing more on the things I am reading and although I do inject my thoughts into those posts, I thought that it may be fun to deviate from the usual strictly books-only posts and discuss something a little more personal: why I study Japanese Literature and how […]

Read more

yoko tawada: memoirs of a polar bear

Scrolling through my posts, you might wonder whether or not I actually read novels – I wouldn’t blame you for such a thought because, for the most part, I tend to read non-fiction, theoretical texts or novels that are assigned for seminars. However, whenever possible, I decided to try to pick away at a novel “for fun”. […]

Read more